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A Simple, Productivity Tip

By |February 12th, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

Many of us have computers at home. We may use them for work-rerated tasks (especially now more of us spend at least some working time at home) or for social/leisure purposes. We tend to use

Simple Productivity Gains

By |February 5th, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

If you are doing some DIY work at home, say building a new cupboard, you might perform badly when compared to a professional joiner building the same cupboard. He is likely to build a higher

Focus – but not all the time

By |January 29th, 2022|Categories: Innovation, Productivity|

Focus! Focus! Focus!  That’s the advice we are given. If we focus, we can perform, we can achieve. But as with all such exhortations, such simplistic advice, such trite sayings, there is another side to examine.

Lowering Working Hours is Not Sustainable

By |January 22nd, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

There have  been numerous reports lately of organisations cutting working  hours to increase  the engagement of employees, whilst paying the same salaries.  This is said to improve productivity. I am somewhat skeptical of such reports - and of the

The Future Can be Built on Stories

By |January 15th, 2022|Categories: Innovation, Productivity|

Story-telling is becoming recognised as a very effective means of communication. People react better to an interesting narrative than to a boring set of facts or exhortations. So, telling people your vision, and what you

Throw Away the Plans

By |January 1st, 2022|Categories: Productivity|

That headline does not mean we should stop making plans.  Those who don’t plan, don’t succeed. It means that we must recognise that a post-pandemic world causes us to rethink some of the old certainties.  The Omicron

Benchmark to highlight posible gains

By |December 25th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|

When undertaking productivity assignments in some countries, it is surprising to find out how far performance and productivity is from that of the best performing countries snd organisations. This in spite of the data that

Two Important Questions

By |December 18th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|

Do you know the real underlying causes of downtime and reasons for employee inactivity?  Are you able to act on these causes in time to negate their effects?   If ‘yes’ to both, you have

Laugh Your Way to Productivity

By |December 11th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|

Managers who hear their employees laughing may be angry at the lack of discipline, art the lack of concentration, at the lack of serious effort. Yet, laughter serves a variety of purposes in a work

Dieting is a Short-Term Fix

By |December 4th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|

When we diet, we usually start with great enthusiasm and we probably have some initial success. We buy new foods and ingredients, try new recipes. We might go to gather gym more often band try

Value Progress, not Perfection

By |November 27th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|

Many of us beat ourselves up at the end of the day because we haven’t been able to complete our ToDo list - which just gets longer and longer. However instead of bemoaning what we

Returning to Work can be Srressful

By |November 20th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|

Many organisations are bringing employees back to the office - perhaps not full-time but maybe on a hybrid working basis.  When they do this there are all sorts of logistical challenges. Do we bring everyone back

We Still Need Passion

By |November 13th, 2021|Categories: Innovation, Productivity|

Some organisations concentrate almost exclusively on the numbers, on pushing sales, on improving efficiency and productivity. It is good to do this but sometimes those organisations forget the passion.  What drove the business at the

Money Is not Enough

By |October 30th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|

The UK government is pouring m ore money in to the National Health Service. During the pandemic the NHS has been highly valued but terribly stretched and many of its normal day to day procedures

Has Homeworking Been a Success?

By |October 16th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|

There have been many reports that the pandemic has proven the effectiveness and  productivity of home working. However, a lot of these reports were based on surveys of employees who say they feel more productive when

The Two-Minute Rule

By |October 9th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|

One useful principle to remember when dealing with incoming mail is to to try and handle everything only once.  Pick something up and deal with it so it needs no further action.  It is so

Use All Your Senses

By |October 2nd, 2021|Categories: Productivity|

Mindfulness has been a bit of a buzzword over the last couple of years. It suggests that we should all be aware of who and what we are, and try to focus on the present

AI may not be a productivity revolution

By |September 25th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|

There have been quite a few claims over the last five years that artificial intelligence (AI) will result in huge gains in productivity.   These huge gains don’t, though, seem to be arriving any time soon. When

The Importance of Analytics

By |September 18th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|

We’ve talked quite a few times about measuring productivity - to highlight (relative) inefficiencies, to set benchmarks and targets for improvement - but mainly to understand just what is happening in a process.  We measure throughput,

Feelind Good is Not Enough

By |September 11th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|

Many of us use multiple messaging and productivity platforms in our work - Zoom, Teams, Slack and so on. Quite a few also regularly drop into Twitter or Facebook. Each time we read an interesting

ToDo lists don’t tell you much

By |September 4th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|

Many people use ToDo lists and apps to keep track of their outstanding tasks.   There are also lots of apps available, with different flavours of operation. However, you need to remember that  a ToDo list (even

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