Think Outside The Box To Maximize Your Productivity
Now that we are in the swing of things for 2019, it is time to establish good habits that carry us through the rest of the year. Leadership in businesses everywhere are likely completing their annual plans and getting ready to implement them. Strategic plans are great because they provide a vision for the company and goals to achieve in the new year. However, something commonly left out of these plans are ways to improve workplace productivity. According to Forbes Technology Council member Brad Noe, “It’s common to create a plan with goals an projects to reach new revenue targets but then fail to plan a way to improve overall productivity and help accomplish those goals.”
It is important to ensure that these goals are SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely), but it is almost equally important to plan on how you’re going to get there. There are tons of tips out there to improve your productivity and efficiency at work ranging from making lists to setting time aside in your calendar for specific tasks. While these tips are great and may work for you, sometimes you need to shake things up and think outside the box.
When it comes to the technology sector, Brad Noe realizes that reaching objectives is dependent on the steps required to get there. Sometimes you must get creative in your thinking to reach these goals and objectives. He provides three “unconventional” ways to maximize your productivity this year in an article for Forbes, which you can read here.
Provide The Right Resources
It is hard to do anything if you lack the resources to do so, especially when it comes to work. Are the right people employed to do the job? Do you have the necessary software to complete the tasks? Leaders can’t expect their team to meet the goals if they aren’t put in the position to succeed, so they need to necessary resources to get the job done.
Without the right resources it can be nearly impossible to complete the job, which means that productivity is actually decreasing. By investing in the right people and the right equipment necessary for the job, your productivity can increase tenfold.
If someone isn’t passionate about what they’re doing and simply “working for the weekend,” productivity is sure to take a dip. It may be difficult to cultivate passion in others, but the easiest and most direct way to do so is leading by example.
When you’re passionate about your work, it won’t feel like work; you’ll enjoy what you’re doing. When others see your passion, they too might develop a passion for their work and be inspired, thus increasing productivity. If you feel that your team’s passion is waning, it might be time to re-inspire them. Sometimes something simple as saying “thank you” goes a long way in terms of employee morale and can get employees to be more inspired.
If you find that your employees need some motivation, you can set a weekly meeting to go over goals and objectives for the week. These meetings can also serve as a way to highlight accomplishments of individuals or the team and help inspire them to achieve future goals. Additionally, everyone loves free food so providing a monthly breakfast/lunch for the team can go a long way.
Create a Culture of Happiness
It is no secret that happy employees are more productive than their unhappy counterparts. A great company culture is one way to promote happiness, but another way to increase overall happiness is by hiring happy people from the start.
According to Noe, “Happy people tend to work with less ego but more confidence. Working interviews are great ways to evaluate demeanor, engagement and level of ego in interviewees’ interactions…Get to the bottom of what drives candidates by asking them about their life purpose and passions outside of work.” Above all else, leading by example is a way to preserve a culture of happiness.
If you’re looking to make 2019 what of your most productive yet, both on an individual basis and for your organization, consider using these “unconventional” tips and thinking outside the box to increase your productivity!