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Entries from April 2008

Crisis Management: Project-Driven vs. Customer-Driven Settings (Part Two)

April 29th, 2008 · No Comments

Continuing my response to the reader who requested advice for those who were on the “front lines” and didn’t have a project-driven day (see the original crisis management post), I’m going to address customer-driven jobs. If you were hired to answer telephones, such as in a call center, then obviously you cannot decide that you […]

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Tags: Office Productivity · Organizing Tips · Task Management · Team Productivity · Time Management

Crisis Management: Project-Driven vs. Customer-Driven Settings (Part One)

April 25th, 2008 · No Comments

In a post that I wrote last week about crisis management, I presented some techniques for limiting the pressure of deadlines. Responding to this, one reader commented that it wasn’t useful advice for those “on the front lines who don’t have jobs that come with laptops, travel, and corporate jargon.” I recognize that not everyone […]

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Tags: Interruptions · Office Productivity · Personal Productivity · Work Life Balance

The Stress Factor in Connecting Time, Money, and Productivity

April 24th, 2008 · 1 Comment

“Where did this week go?” That common phrase can be interpreted in two different ways: It was a great week. I had so much fun/got so much done that it flew by. I don’t feel that I accomplished anything I had planned, and it is already the end of the week. It is not hard […]

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Tags: Interruptions · Multitasking · Office Productivity · Planning · Stress Management · Task Management · Time Management

Using Technology to Help Your Child with Homework

April 22nd, 2008 · 1 Comment

Do you know any time-challenged parents who want to help their children use time productively? There is no question that kids can spend multiple hours per day on the internet, often to the detriment of homework. YouTube is one of the favorite spots. Now there is another site growing, called TeacherTube, based on the YouTube […]

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Tags: Changing Times · Home Productivity · Personal Productivity · Work Life Balance

Avoid Crisis Management with These Simple Daily Schedule Changes

April 18th, 2008 · 3 Comments

“Your lack of planning should not be my emergency.” Have you ever wanted to say that to someone? Could you be guilty of frequently interrupting others with a “Now!” issue? There is no question that crises do arise from time to time, issues that require everyone to change focus. However they tend to occur much […]

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Tags: Personal Productivity · Planning · Task Management · Time Management

Traveling with Your Laptop

April 16th, 2008 · 1 Comment

In a recent post I mentioned that the Arawak Beach Inn confiscates your electronic devices upon checking in. It’s their way of helping to ensure that you have a peaceful, stress-free vacation. However, not everyone is willing to go to this extreme. For those, myself included, who like a bit of outside communication at least […]

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Tags: Computer Productivity · Mobile Office · Productive Technology

How Organized Offices Create Happier, More Productive Teams

April 10th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Disorganization is a major cause of job dissatisfaction. If the disorganization is your own, then you can choose to make changes. However, whether you are the disorganized one or the organized one working with a disorganized colleague, that lack of organization has an impact on you. Who does the disorganized person interrupt when they need […]

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Tags: Office Productivity · Organizing Tips

The Real-Life Perils of the Indiscreet Email

April 8th, 2008 · 1 Comment

As soon as I finish typing this post, I am heading out to vote in Houston’s run-off primary for District Attorney of Harris County. Our recently resigned D.A., Chuck Rosenthal, was ousted, or outed, when his past years of emails were subpoenaed by defense attorneys in preparation for a trial. Somehow the judge who granted […]

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Tags: Email Management

No One Is Good at Multitasking

April 3rd, 2008 · 5 Comments

Job Advertisement: “Must be good at multitasking.” Obviously the company that posted the above ad is not up-to-date on current research which shows that no one is good at multitasking. Now I realize that you are probably disagreeing with me right now, since you multitask throughout the day, but reality is that our brains are […]

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Tags: Multitasking · Stress Management

Benefits of Accomplishing Your Biggest Tasks First Thing in the Morning

April 1st, 2008 · 5 Comments

There is an old adage that says if you eat a frog first thing in the morning, the rest of your day looks pretty easy. If you have two frogs to eat, pick the biggest, ugliest one first. Your personal “frog” is the project or activity that: Yields the most benefit for you in reaching […]

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Tags: Personal Productivity · Planning · Procrastination · Time Management