When conducted effectively, meetings can inspire and ignite motivation, lead to higher performing teams and a stronger bottom line. However, more than $37 billion is wasted each year in unproductive meetings--and that's in the United States, alone. Admins need to minimize the wasted time in meetings and maximize the productive time. Once you're aware of my Seven Deadly Sins of Meetings, you'll be able to better plan, organize, participate in and facilitate great meetings.
According to experts, every minute spent in planning saves you 10 minutes in execution. I think that if we have a list and follow it, we are saving substantially more time, and stress as well. If we create and use our Daily List of five tasks, we will save ourselves many hours of frustration just by being disciplined.
Ways to increase productivity in your work day. From the AOL Partner Studio
In 2015, the city of Summerside, Prince Edward Island, achieved the highest level of wind power integration in North America. While the province of P.E.I. is already a leader with 26 per cent of its electricity coming from wind power, the City of Summerside Electric Utility has ratcheted that up to an astonishing 46 per cent by adding a smart grid with energy storage.
So often as professionals do we end up responding to the loudest voice or the most pressing demands. Sometimes that means we never get caught up, let alone feel in control of our workload. We need to work smarter, not just harder. And while that's easier said than done, it is possible.
It's Friday night and weather at Newark has caused another flight cancellation. The lines are long, but the staff is excellent and moving through the line quickly. And then I find out why. As pleasant, compassionate and friendly as they are, they are singularly focused on serving the customer quickly; yet not efficiently.
We all have the same 24 hours, but some people seem to get a lot more done than others. Good time management is the reason some people are so much more efficient. The highest achievers manage their time extremely well, and you can too.
If Alberta invested $34 per capita, the average of other provinces, Alberta would generate $510 million in energy savings and 3,000 jobs while reducing emissions and making Alberta more competitive.
I can organize my desk while speaking with a client on the phone. I can skim through my email (and potentially even send out a quick response) during a conference call. I can make dinner while watching the news. In each of these cases, the quality of my work doesn't suffer. My efficiency doesn't suffer. And I get more accomplished.
Do you know how many emails you get each day that you shouldn't be receiving? When I teach my time management programs, I ask this and very rarely does anyone know the answer. For those of you allergic to details you are probably wondering why these details matter. They matter because they add up to a more efficient use of your time.