Thursday, October 02, 2014

New Productivity Rules... Or Are They?

Business consultant, Gihan Perera, has this to say about our productivity:

"The old rules of goal setting, productivity and time management don’t work. Our goals become meaningless when the environment changes, it’s difficult to stay productive when we’re constantly interrupted, globally dispersed teams make in-person meetings impractical, and the 9-to-5 workday just doesn’t make sense anymore. The new principles for high performance and super productivity are direction (rather than goals), signals (rather than interruptions), collaboration (rather than meetings), and flow (rather than time management)."

All the new terminology. Sounds scary, doesn't it? The good news is, it shouldn't. Although the words are different, we at Creative Learning and Prashnig Style Solutions have been advocating them for decades. We agree with Gihan Perera that the golden rules include:
  • Working when your energy levels are high (this may mean morning for some of us, evening for others) - check your own Working Style to see how to increase your productivity.
  • Process information faster and more effectively - your Working Style will help you do it in an optimal way.
  • Collaborate - this will come to you easier if your Working Style has a preference for working in groups.
  • Manage your email and mobile phone interruptions - if your Working Style allows global information processing, so much the better.
  • Know the direction and the destination.
Work smarter. Work with your Working Style.

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