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Entries from December 2007

Does Flexibility Lead to Productivity?

December 27th, 2007 · No Comments

The City of Houston sponsors a program called Flex in the City that encourages employers to try flexible work options for their employees during a two-week period. The employer can then measure the difference in productivity while the city measures the difference in traffic. This program has been very successful in getting employers to experiment […]

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Tags: Office Productivity

Christmas Aftermath: Making a Decision to Avoid Clutter

December 19th, 2007 · No Comments

It is part of the thrills of Christmas Day: stacks of boxes under the tress, a morning ripping open packages, and piles of new stuff. After a day of fun and sharing, you start to put things away; or you start wondering where you are going to fit in these newest additions when your current […]

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Tags: Organizing Tips · Work Life Balance

Financial Stress Drowns Productivity

December 17th, 2007 · No Comments

You’ve worked hard all year. Now it should be time to take a break and enjoy the holidays. Yet so often the opposite occurs because work tasks do not disappear as personal activities consume more time. Combine both work and extra personal time without a plan, and you have stress. One more thing to be […]

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Tags: Personal Productivity

Being Organized is Being Prepared for Emergencies

December 14th, 2007 · No Comments

How easy is it for you to adapt to a sudden change of plans? I had to find out this week when my daughter had an emergency appendectomy in Phoenix. They told her it was a “simple” operation, and she went in thinking there would be no problem. But simple to a doctor does not […]

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Tags: Organizing Tips · Personal Productivity · Work Life Balance

"He's Making a List and Checking It Twice"

December 12th, 2007 · No Comments

The simple checklist has been around for eons of time. Even Santa is depicted as checking off his work. However in so many cases, our hectic lives have evolved away from this tool. We move too fast to pause for planning out the steps and recording them. The dilemma is that as technology advances and […]

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Tags: Task Management · Time Management

Taking Time for Rewards Improves Productivity

December 10th, 2007 · No Comments

Q: When can you be more productive without working? A: When you need a break and start again refreshed and focused. So many people in this busy society refuse to stop when there is a lot to do. They slog along, pushing themselves during the day and again in the evenings, with both work and […]

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Tags: Office Productivity · Work Life Balance

Dealing with a Procrastinator

December 7th, 2007 · No Comments

In my previous posting, I itemized frequently-cited reasons for procrastination and what you could do to conquer it. However that is supposing that you are the one procrastinating. On the other hand, you may be the take-charge, do-it-now personality and have to live or work with a procrastinator. The do-it-now person often struggles to understand […]

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Tags: Personal Productivity · Procrastination · Team Productivity

7 Reasons Why You Procrastinate and How to Change

December 5th, 2007 · No Comments

It happens to everyone: We’ve put something off for so long that suddenly we are in a time crunch. The end of the year, with approaching holidays, is often a strong reminder of what we could have done ahead of time but did not do. You think of how much you could be enjoying the […]

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Tags: Personal Productivity

Managing Vacation Days: The End-of-Year Time Crunch

December 3rd, 2007 · No Comments

In one of Scott Adam’s pointed Dilbert cartoon strips, the boss reminds employees to use their vacation time before the end of the year. When they do take the days, they are lambasted for not being there when there is so much work to do. Have you accumulated vacation days that you should use before […]

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Tags: Time Management · Work Hours · Work Life Balance