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Making Better Use of Longer Days
Thursday, April 14, 2011 3:55 PM
Halleluiah, winter is at long last giving way to spring. The days are getting longer; are you putting the extra hours to good use? For most of us, time-management is a constant juggle. No matter how clever, no matter how industrious, one cannot actually create more time. One can only try to make more effective use of the 24/7 we are all allotted. High Tech Help... Read More...
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Tick Tock: Understanding Your Time Clock
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 4:52 PM
The lengthening days are adding extra hours of sunshine, but are the longer days adding up to productive time? If you regularly underestimate how long it takes to get tasks done, and find yourself in stressful time crunches, it may be time to re-set your internal clock. Assigning accurate time-estimates to tasks is the building block of time-management. And effective... Read More...
Too Many Irons in the Fire? Tips for Coping with Project Overload
Thursday, December 16, 2010 5:20 PM
It happens to all of us. We all have days (sometimes weeks) when there is just more work to be done than hours to do it. If you're in the midst of project overload, we've assembled some tips for tackling that mound of work head on rather than getting buried by it. Time to Get Going Triage (aka Prioritize): What projects must get done? Which can be put... Read More...
How to Leave the Office by 5pm
Wednesday, December 01, 2010 2:32 PM
When the clock hits 5pm are you packing up to head home or are you still immersed in work? If you're having trouble leaving work on time we're here to help. Prioritize an Exit Strategy: For starters, make heading home at 5pm, or an appropriate quitting time, a priority. It's hard to meet a goal that you haven't set, so pick a time and stick to... Read More...
Never Miss a Deadline Again
Monday, November 29, 2010 2:24 PM
Dorothy Parker the famous literary wit once observed, "I never met a deadline I couldn't miss." Most of us can't afford to be so blasé about deadlines. At work (and in life) deadlines exist for a reason and are expected to be met. If you find yourself repeatedly missing deadlines despite your best intentions we have some helpful tips... Read More...
Back-to-School Communications
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 2:22 PM
Summer is a time of togetherness for many families. With the back-to-school season now in full swing keeping up communications becomes more of a juggle. But as multi-tasking moms and dads know, juggling is just one of the many skills in the parenting arsenal. So take time to make time: schedule one-on-one time with each child in the family and set up regular... Read More...
Wanted: Creative Thinkers
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 5:22 PM
What does it take to be a CEO? Brains, business acumen, vision, drive? All good guesses but according to a new study by IBM, creativity is the most important leadership quality for CEOs. Generating Creativity At Beyond Folders, we frequently blog about how to enhance critical skills for workplace success. Reading about the IBM study's finding that creativity... Read More...
Tackle Your To-Do List with Time-Blocking
Thursday, August 05, 2010 2:28 PM
Do you suffer from the "too-much-to-do-and-too-little-time-to-do-it" syndrome? Is your to-do list perpetually unfinished? If these are familiar laments, it's time for time-blocking. Time-blocking is the process of designating specific blocks of time each day for tackling particular activities or tasks. Commonsense (and a host of studies) shows that... Read More...
Finding the Silver Lining in Your Daily Commute
Thursday, July 15, 2010 11:17 AM
The average American spends about 100 minutes commuting daily . So it's no surprise to learn that commute time plays a major role in employee satisfaction and retention. A recent survey by Regus, a workplace solutions provider, found that 16 percent of the U.S. workforce has considered leaving a job because of commuting distance . And the longer the commute... Read More...
Working Out Summer Vacations
Wednesday, July 07, 2010 9:37 AM
Summer officially kicked off at the end of June which means summer vacation season is upon us. With two-thirds of all employees planning a s ummer break from work , coordinating vacation schedules to maximize employee downtime while maintaining productivity is a must. Translation: Not everyone can head to the beach at the same time. As we've discussed in... Read More...
Laser in on Maintaining Focus
Thursday, July 01, 2010 8:46 AM
Veteran management consultant David Allen opens his bestselling book Getting Things Done with a bold statement: "It's possible for a person to have an overwhelming number of things to do and still function productively with a clear head and a positive sense of relaxed control." Allen runs a productivity training and publishing empire. He might well... Read More...
Teams and Time Zones: Tips for a Global Workforce
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 9:34 AM
When a team's members work in Bombay and Boston, creating a high-functioning unit is a challenge. Navigating diverse cultural expectations and work styles is one hurdle. The logistics of working across time zones is another. What Time Is It There? Global teams wanting to optimize performance and communications can use technology and schedules that minimize... Read More...
Stop Procrastinating Now!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010 11:34 AM
English humorist Douglas Adams once joked "I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." Easy to make jokes when being funny is your job but at most workplaces procrastination is no laughing matter. Time is valuable; if we spend it putting off important tasks, it's doubly-wasted. So let's jump right in. Are you a procrastinator... Read More...
Managing Productivity During the Summer
Thursday, June 10, 2010 8:46 AM
Memorial Day is in the rearview mirror, school vacation is almost upon us. With the " lazy, hazy, crazy " days of summer fast approaching, how best to maintain productivity during a season marked by holidays, vacations and distracting beach weather? For starters, don't resist the time off. While it may seem counterintuitive, productivity is actually... Read More...
Dealing with Distractions at Work
Tuesday, May 11, 2010 10:49 AM
We say we waste time, but that is impossible. We waste ourselves. - Alice Bloch n April, the international community marked the 40 th anniversary of Earth Day with events like climate rallies and forums on building a green economy. Despite our rising... Read More...
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