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The Science of Productivity

April 15th, 2014

Did you know there is a science to all processes? There is even a science to productivity! Some of the simplest tasks can help you be more productive. See if you are maximizing your productivity.

 

 

 


Productivity is a Habit

April 8th, 2014

“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”

- Aristotle


Free Employee Timesheet Template

April 3rd, 2014

Are you looking for a free, simple way to keep track of your employee’s time? Try our free employee timesheet template.   This free template allows you to track regular hours, overtime hours, vacation hours, sick hours, holiday hours and unpaid hours. Just enter the  hours, and the template will calculate the totals for you!

To learn more about employee time tracking visit our website


Time-Savvy Tip: Track and review your progress

March 20th, 2014

Evaluating your progress is essential to sustaining it. As you work to create more productive habits, it will help to reflect for a few minutes and list the things you are doing that are working and the things that aren’t. Take note of the times or activities that are less effective, and consider what you can do to make better use of that time. Keep watching for more great time saving tips!


Time-Savvy Tip: Align your activities with your priorities

March 18th, 2014

Take a few minutes to compare your list of priorities with a list of all the activities you spend time on during the week. Identify those activities that are not in line with your priorities and make plans to replace them with activities that will help you reach your goals. Eliminating time-wasters, distractions, or non-value- adding activities is just as important as adding activities that align with your goals. Both eliminating and adding activities will help you to be accountable for all of your time and get the most of it. Need more ideas on how to be more productive? Keep watching!


Time-Savvy Tip: Prioritize

March 13th, 2014

Prioritizing your tasks will ensure that you focus on the most meaningful goals, the ones that may be easy to avoid because they are more difficult or uncomfortable. Getting these out of the way will help you feel like you can tackle everything else on your to do list. To get more ideas on how prioritize your tasks,  watch for more to come soon!


Time-Savvy Tip: Work from a list

March 11th, 2014

Working from your list will help you focus on your important action items. When you get these accomplished, you may find you have extra time. This can add hours of productivity to your workday. Need some more time saving tips? Check back here soon!


Time-Savvy Tip: Focus on results before you focus on efficiency

March 6th, 2014

Before you can improve your rate of output, you need to make sure your output aligns with your goals. When you are getting the results you want, you can find ways to streamline your efforts and get them more quickly and efficiently. For more time-saving tips check back here soon!


Connecting your Clients to your TimeClick Server

March 3rd, 2014

Setting up TimeClick is simple. Once you have installed TimeClick to your computers, the clients will ask for the IP Address of your server. Watch how easy it is to find the IP Address of your server computer! Watch Now

 


Time-Savvy: Five Essential Steps to Maximum Productivity

February 20th, 2014

Feeling short on time? Does your to-do list seem impossibly long? You’re certainly not alone. While every person has the same 24 hours each day and most have roughly the same number of working hours as their coworkers, there are those who seem to get a lot more out of their time than others. While there may be a number of reasons for this difference, and no two people can expect to achieve the exact same results, there are principles that can help each of us get the most out of our time and feel confident that we are approaching our potential for productivity and accomplishment. The following five tips will set you on the path to effective time management:

  1. Focus on results before you focus on efficiency. While we certainly want to be productive and efficient, we need to keep the horse in front of the cart by knowing the results we want and being able to achieve them. Only as we get the results we want can we meaningfully work to improve our productivity. When we have a track record of achieving our desired outcomes, we can work to cut our inefficiencies and find the fastest, most direct path to those outcomes.
  2. Work from a list. Using a written list can add two productive hours to your workday. According to an article on briantracy.com, simply using a list will increase your productivity by 25 percent on day one. This translates to two more hours of productive time in an 8-hour shift. Imagine what you could do with an extra two hours in your workday!
  3. Prioritize. Our time is bound to be filled with something, and, contrary to what we may like to believe, order is essential. A simple illustration uses a jar to represent our finite amount of time. The tasks we need to do are represented by rocks of varying sizes (representing tasks of varying priorities) from large pebbles to grains of sand. In order to get the large pebbles into the jar, they must be added before the sand, and the sand can comfortably fill in the gaps.  Just as this illustrates, the only way to achieve our priorities is to give them priority time at the top of our to do list.
  4.  Compare and save. Compare your list of priorities with a list of tasks you spend most of your time doing. This comparison will help you to see whether or not your activities align with your goals. Making a small investment of time (you could probably have a meaningful result in five minutes) will pay big dividends in time saved. We all know that our time is most fulfilling when we know that we are reaching our goals, and this exercise can help us to identify and target the changes we need to make, whether through adding activities, removing activities, or both.
  5. Track and Review. Progress is best made when we take some time to review and evaluate. On a daily basis, this can be done throughout the day as you use your checklist. It is also good to set a short time (five to ten minutes will probably suffice) on a weekly basis to review your time usage in comparison to your priorities and see if the things you are planning time for and crossing off of your list are in proper alignment with your priorities. Making little course corrections as you go will keep you from stagnating and letting little excuses and diversions pile up. Simply trying new things each week will keep you on your toes and moving toward maximum productivity.

These tips are a good starting point for anyone that wants to get more out of their time. What do you do to get the most of your time?





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