One of the top work productivity pitfalls I see is overthinking email. Well-intentioned, hard-working individuals put so much thought and effort into every email that the medium becomes completely inefficient. Here are three major warning signs. [Read more…]
A working person in Japan could spent up to 13 hours a day on the job, sandwiched in between a long commute. This sometimes leads to what they call karoshi, or “death by overwork.” So, in an attempt to combat this, the Japanese government is considering implementing a new law that forces workers to take vacations. The new law would make it mandatory to take five days of paid vacation a year.
The Internet has been this marvellous thing for productivity. With easy document and project sharing tools, a lot of us have forgone physical documents and have instead opted for online file-sharing systems. Not every workplace has clued in to the usefulness of these tools and are continuing to use old-school work processes, which are only bringing down their overall productivity. The below infographic from Nitro outlines just how much document workflows are getting in the way of an efficient workplace.
There is no quick fix to boosting productivity. There are levels, steps and a lot of trial and error that goes into figuring out which tactics are right for you. Seth Godin has recently outlined a very simple way to boost productivity, and he says it’s as easy as giving yourself a promotion. He calls it the Productivity Pyramid, which comes with several steps that will ultimately get you to a place where you are the one calling the shots.