August 2, 2012

News & Opinion: Planned Productivity: Take Control of Your Time

By: Sally Haldorson @ 6:56 PM – Filed under: Management & Workplace Culture

New now on KnowledgeBlocks! Modern work environments are a productivity challenge for even the most dedicated employee. Workplaces are less structured and more efficient, so there aren't as many managers insuring noses stay bent to the grindstone. Most workspaces--office and home--have internet connectivity, and unless there are corporate rules about usage or usage-limiting software, the temptation to surf lurks constantly. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Skype: social media technology makes meetings and networking possible at any time. Anti-cubicle, conversation-friendly new offices spaces allow overheard conversations and pop-up meetings to catch the eye and distract the mind.

This exploration on Planned Productivity digs into how our "always-on" work culture keeps us from getting our work done. Useful strategies for taking control of your time appear in all of the recommended books, as well as throughout the many links and videos layered within. Reframe how you think about your time, keep your willpower charged, create good habits to lessen stress, learn strategies to get more work done at work, practice entering 'the zone,' and help everyone who works with you become more productive too. Become a member of KnowledgeBlocks and you'll learn to:

    Take control of your time Make the most of your mornings Believe in the power of willpower Reserve your willpower for when you most need it Create new habits/replace bad habits Use established habits to reduce stress Practice getting into zone Choose work that can bring you flow Establish systems that keep you focused Create workplaces the inspire happiness Help happy employees be productive
Also available in this Exploration: A podcast with Laura Vanderkam (27 minutes) Vanderkam is the author of 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think, All the Money In The World: What the Happiest People Know about Getting and Spending, and What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast. Read more about Laura Vanderkam on her website.

About Sally Haldorson

Sally Haldorson's job as 800-CEO-READ’s General Manager is to make 800-CEO-READ a great place to work for our employees, and a consistently high-performing customer service organization for our clients, authors, and our partners in the publishing industry. In addition to her General Manager duties ensuring collaboration, integration, and quality, she reads, writes, reviews, curates, and edits for the company. Helping craft The 100 Best Business Books of All Time used parts of both skill sets. Outside of work, she is most likely to be found hitting a tennis ball around or hanging out with her boys (husband, child, dog) at home.