1. Problem: Confusing activity with productivity.Solution: Plan each day’s work at the end of the previous one; prioritize “must dos” over “should dos.”
Is your work life out of control? Do you find that keeping up with meetings, e-mail, and routine distractions prevents you from focusing on the actual work you need to get done? Maybe it’s time to rethink some of your workday routines. Taken from the book, Eliminate the Chaos at Work: 25 Techniques to Increase Productivity (Wiley/available now), the eight steps outlined below should increase your level of organization and help you manage the daily dose of office insanity. Author Laura Leist says workers often are overwhelmed by chaos because they fail to confront it and address its root causes. "It doesn’t matter what industry you work in," she writes, "or what your job title is; all offices can be broken down into areas that usually require streamlined systems and processes to be created and maintained." Leist is an organizational and productivity consultant for clients such as Microsoft, American Express, State Farm, IKEA and Morgan Stanley. For more information about the book, click here.
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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