December 8, 2004
Productivity Tips Newsletter
DON'T FALL INTO THE BUSY-NESS TRAP
In a global competitive market, we are constantly challenged to deliver
measurable improvements, increase productivity and do it now! But just
how do you go about it? In the last decade the answer was to throw technology
at the problem-more laptops, 'hand-helds' and a faster internet connection
would do the job. It worked to speed up the flow of information, indeed
it resulted in a digital deluge, but it left in its wake 'skills amnesia'.
Many have forgotten that essential management skills are still at the
core of high performance and that the development of these skills is the
fastest and best way to increase both personal and team productivity while
keeping a healthy life/work balance.
We have become enamored with self-imposed deadlines and with the adrenaline
rush they produce. Many believe that chasing the next deadline is what
makes them important. The reality is that most of our frenetic 'busy-ness'
is a way to avoid thinking and doing what is most important. There's a
difference between being busy and being productive.
It may come as a surprise but it has been found that as few as 10% of
people are truly productive and move the organization's agenda forward.
The rest may look busy, but they could be just spinning their wheels-answering
every e-mail that hits their Inbox, every voice mail they receive-their
crowning glory is logging the most hours.
High-performance people embody several elements (essential skill sets) for driving both personal and team productivity.
Here are three of the most important:
Start today to develop the thinking that will help you stay calm, happy
and prolong your life! Priority Management has made stress reduction an
integral part of its ethos. By developing essential management skills
such as focus, personal organization, communication and life/work balance,
you will learn how to stay in control and increase personal performance.
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