Today we will talk about what for many is the archenemy of productivity and it’s the cause of why people go home at the end of the work day without having finished all that is pending … it’s called “procrastination”.
But what is procrastinating?
The most direct definition tells us it’s “the action of delaying the most important tasks and replacing them with others that give us more satisfaction”. Let’s admit it, at a time when entrepreneurs and freelancers can choose when and from where to work, this has become a real headache for many people all over the world.
Let’s understand something, procrastination in particular, is a problem that stems from self-regulation and time management, or lack of them to be precise. Its solution would consist, among others, of organizing time management appropriately, concentrating on doing the most important tasks that have the soonest due date.
Normally, whoever delays or postpones a...
We have all checked out our competition at one point or another, whether it’s people, companies or co-workers that do something that you would like to do or that you’re already doing. We are interested in seeing what has worked for them and what has not, in order to have a point of reference when it’s time for us to put it into practice.
It’s also important to find an example to follow that gives us a certain excitement to get to where they are or even surpass them, however, we must work on one step at a time.
Remember that those companies or people didn’t accomplish everything overnight, the road is long, and in addition to studying their achievements, you also have to know their failures and everything that they have done to get to where they are. Study them as a goal to strive towards, not as an obligation.
Remember that you can tweak your goals as you move forward and a requirement or obligation generally has a negative connotation to...
When a new year begins we get excited, we cheer for the year that ends, if it was difficult we are glad that it is finally over and we are sure that the new year will be different and that we will achieve our dreams.
We make our list of “New Year's Purposes” and we say “now I am going to achieve it”, “this is going to be my year”.
We start with all the strength, the best emotions, the best purposes to achieve it, and then the unexpected happens!. The problems, things unforeseen, the emotion is down, or we just let the routine take us and in less than we think the year is over again and we finish without fulfilling those purposes.
Statistics show that only 12% manage to fulfill their New Year's resolutions, there are many reasons, so we want to invite you to do a different this year.
I want to invite you to take this great opportunity to reflect on everything that has happened in these last 10 years of your life.
• Where are you in this moment...
For many people around the world, this week marks the beginning of winter vacations, which is considered one of the busiest weeks of the year since the timing goes hand in hand with the Christmas and new Year’s celebrations.
Our hope is that you start 2020 fabulously, that’s why we want to give you some tips so that you can give yourself that well-deserved time off to rest and enjoy a nice vacation with your loved ones.
#1 Plan the time you want for vacations ahead of time.
Vacations are a goal that all people in the world have in common, since we count the minutes until our time off, when we can forget our jobs and dedicate our time to enjoy life. But vacations, like any goal, have to be visualized and we have to work on different objectives so that we can take advantage of them as much as possible.
It doesn’t matter what you decide to do during your days off, what’s important is that you maximize your enjoyment and that you leave your work at...
When talking about multidisciplinary teams, we know that we’ll have people with very different skill sets, there are more logical persons - math, and others with greater creative, artistic, or motor skills.
In your company, are tasks given according to a person’s skill set or are they assigned randomly as they come in?
In most companies, there are no documents that indicate the responsibilities that each co-worker has, assigning them the incorrect task that doesn’t match up with their skills tends to complicate their job, increase the time invested, and sometimes activities that are more important that the co-worker perform are neglected.
Delegating is a very important action to get excellent results, many times it’s difficult to let go of those activities for fear that others will think you’re not capable to do them or that you will diminish your value within the team, but what you really have to understand is that delegating will help you focus more...
I have always been known as somebody who works hard, but believe it or not, this has not always given me the best results. Well they say that excesses are bad, right?
Let me tell you, when I am at work, I am focused on what I am doing, I review my daily tasks, I organize them, I schedule the time needed to do whatever I need to do and work had to get the results. But there is always something unexpected that makes me reorganize my agenda and it is fine, it is part of the daily work, however, sometimes there are so many things that I do nonstop, that I end up working at night, outside my work schedule.
I work using social networks, since my clients are there, additionally there is always an email more to review or a message to answer, and the list goes on and on and on, Do you find yourself in the same situation?
Many times I finish working so late that I don't have time for anything but sleep to get up very early so I have time to do everything I have to do. It is here that I forget...
Bonuses are tangible incentives that promote the productivity of the co-workers, but, do they really help me be more productive?
These incentives are normally given as a reward or are merit-based because of the effort that was put forth, for having exceeded the expected results when fulfilling an activity or several activities within a defined time-frame.
Let’s look at it this way; many employees all around the world have enjoyed these incentives that motivate us to focus on our jobs, to put forth a little more effort when performing our tasks, thus focusing on our goals, however, some business people and entrepreneurs have come to doubt the effectiveness of them and I have to tell you, this depends 100% on structuring and presenting the bonus correctly.
Next, I will talk about which factors must be considered before implementing a bonus in your company or your business so that you not only avoid throwing money away but so that you can truly and properly motivate the...
Smartphones are already everywhere, a decade ago few people had one in their hands and today it’s very difficult to find someone who doesn’t have a smart device. But what is the disadvantage of having a smartphone and taking it to work meetings? The answer is simple ...
It is a fact that we all use smartphones for everything nowadays, they have become a very important communication tool, which can be very helpful if used properly, however we also have access to many apps that make us waste time and keep us from concentrating on what matters most.
But... how can you use your phone in a smarter way?
Remember that you are the owner of your time and your actions, do not let technology control you, take control of your priorities once again.
Now, let's talk about the phones at the work meetings ... we spend the day in the expectation of receiving “important” calls or messages without realizing that they will distract us from...
If you had a bank that would deposit $86,400 into your account each morning and that wouldn’t let you keep any cash and that every night would withdraw the portion you didn’t use that day … what would you do? Take out every $ every day of course, and use it to your advantage, right?
Well, I have news for you, we all have a bank just like that and it’s called TIME. Each morning it deposits us 86,400 seconds. Each night, it registers as a loss any amount of time we failed to invest towards a good purpose, like visiting a client, closing a sale, solving a problem, resting, spending time with the family, improving a skill, etc.
Moreover, what’s left at the end of the day doesn’t roll over to the next day, what we accomplished stays there, what we wasted also stays there. Each day it opens a new account for us. A new opportunity to take advantage of it or to waste it, we decide what we spend or invest that time...
For many generations we have believed that working long hours and losing sleep for the companies we work with will help us go above and beyond our goals and undoubtedly lead us to the top of the success ladder, however, you must think about working intelligently:
• Knowing when to focus your mind on certain activities.
• How much time to dedicate to work.
• Which are the most effective work techniques.
• Keeping a perfect balance among all those activities that will have an important impact on our lives.
• Without forgetting to rest.
This time we will talk about rest, first we will talk about physical rest.
This rest is exclusively about sleep, for an adult it is recommended that this activity be done 6 to 8 hours daily, this range will allow your body to renew, cleanse, and repair any area it needs to.
Sleeping is one of the most simple and forgotten activities for a working adult, and while there may be days when there is no other option than to...