Category Archives: Small changes with big results

Shorten Rambling, Unproductive Phone Calls

Use these phrases to keep phone calls under 10 minutes. Continue reading

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Quick Tip: Link Errands in a Chain

Quick Tip: Link Errands in a Chain Continue reading

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Concentrate your concentration time

Group your hard work into two periods a day and you will achieve more plus be more relaxed. Continue reading

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Pare reports to the essentials

Pare reports to the essentials. Continue reading

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Quick tips for Tuesday

It takes time and effort to become a time-management expert. Continue reading

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Make steady improvement all year long in 2013

In the next few days many people will make grand plans for what they will do better in the new year. By Feb. 1, many of those good intentions will have failed.

If you’re serious about being more effective at work, we encourage you to take small steps to big improvements. Instead of trying to do everything at once, make one change at a time. Continue reading

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5 simple ways to deal with workplace stress

An article in The Wall Street Journal last week described some of the programs employers are investing in to help workers deal with workplace stress, which it notes ranks just behind financial worries as the top cause of stress. One program involves a daylong retreat and two-hour sessions every week for two months to learn “mindfulness-based stress reduction” … Continue reading

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Sit up and take notice of this

I learned an important—and painful—lesson once when I moved my computer. Shifting it 90 degrees from a lower-level stand to my desktop allowed me to face my team members while I worked, but it also placed my keyboard higher than elbow level. Within a couple of weeks I started to have difficulty holding my mug of tea, because my wrists were damaged from pressing against the edge of the desk when I typed. Fortunately my wrists healed quickly after I moved the setup to a more ergonomic position … Continue reading

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Limit interruptions from office visitors

After telecommuting for more than a decade, I had forgotten one of the productivity benefits: no visitors. My co-workers are in another state, so they never pop in, sit down and start chatting. Last Friday a visit from a cat that was trying to make friends with my Newfoundland puppy reminded me how disruptive visitors can be. They break your concentration, steal your time and fail to take your hint that it’s time to leave …. Continue reading

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The power of a template

Does it feel like you’re always busy typing up letters and emails? Does it sometimes feel like you’re sending out the same emails? If you answered “Yes,” what do you do? Do you retype the entire email over and over again, or do you go back in your Sent folder and look for that email you sent out a few weeks ago so you can copy and paste the content? Why not simplify the process with a template? … Continue reading

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