Do you find it hard to focus on your work? Three keys to focus on your work are to plan ahead, avoid distractions and train your brain. Once you develop a routine you will be more productive and reach your goals. A manager can have a lot on their plate which makes it hard to focus on your work. A steady stream of emails, phone calls, employees and tasks all demanding your attention. Will all this … [Read more...]
How To Handle Stress At Work
Stress at work is a killer. Many studies have shown stress can have a detrimental affect on your health. When you are stressed at work you are less productive and more likely to make mistakes. Stress can't be eliminated, but it can be controlled. Learning what causes and stress management is the key. The main causes of stress are work, home, and personal problems. Some stress is actually good … [Read more...]
Has Work Taken Over Your Life?
Do you feel your work has taken over your life? Work can seem like a giant time sucking machine that will take as much time as you give it. There is always something to do and there never seems to be enough time to get everything done. Learning to manage your time, set your priorities and set limits on what you take on can help you get back to a reasonable work-life balance. Working long hours … [Read more...]
Get Things Done With Smarter To-Do Lists
To-do lists, task list, don’t forget lists. We all use lists of some type to remind us and organize our tasks. Learning how to create and better use these lists will make them more usable to us and more efficient to create. Gina Trapani author and founding editor of Lifehacker wrote an excellent article for Fast Company. Work Smart: How to Write a To-Do List first shows you the differences … [Read more...]
Develop Your Own Note-Taking Best Practices
For managers note-taking is a skill used every day and like any skill it can be improved on. By developing your own set of note-taking best practices your notes will be more effective and less time consuming to properly utilize. In an article to follow I will layout an information management system that will show you an efficient and effective way to manage your notes and other forms of … [Read more...]
The Power of Weekend Brainstorming
At work you may come up with ideas, but lack the time or concentration to expand on them. There is a method you can use on the weekend, away from the distractions of work that will allow you to work on these ideas and also come up with some great new ideas. Brainstorming is a technique of gathering large numbers of ideas. Usually the ideas are aimed at solving a specific problem and done in a … [Read more...]
How To Survive a Long Term Project – The End is in Sight!
As managers we often face long-term projects and initiatives that test our metal. Our IT department is near the end of an initiative that has evolved over a seven-year period. It has encompassed many projects, many departments and a lot of my time. Now with less than 10 weeks left until the end of this initiative the end is finally in sight. Over the next few months I plan on sharing some of … [Read more...]
Improve Your Time Management in Easy Three Steps
For busy managers time management is essential to getting things done. Time management is about controlling your most valuable resource, your time. Time management is a process and just like any process you can improve it. As I mentioned in the post Management Tools – Time and Problem Management Simplified I am a big fan of using lists to manage time, tasks and problems. My method is … [Read more...]