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In knowledge work, being productive is all about making the right decision and then taking effective action. Here are nine tricks for improving productivity through better concentration, collaboration.
You’ll never guess one reason U.S. President Barack Obama cites for why he’s so productive at work.
Sounds crazy, right?
But it actually makes sense. Even something as innocuous as a clothing choice takes up mental capacity that could be better spent on weightier decisions. By avoiding excessive wardrobe choices, the president seeks to minimize his decision making workload, which in turn allows him to get more done.
It’s an interesting strategy, and it that got me wondering what similar tricks we as knowledge workers could employ to make us more productive in our jobs. It comes at a critical time, too, with productivity growth in developed countries on a seemingly continuous downward spiral.
For knowledge workers like us, productivity begins with transforming data into knowledge, which requires that we diligently focus our attention and energy on the task at hand. That’s often easier said than done. Our offices – even our home offices – are packed with interruptions, and those distractions that can prevent us from crossing even the easiest tasks off our to-do list. Here are three ways to help achieve concentration mode:
Once we’ve turned data into knowledge, we need to act on it. This involves collaborating with coworkers, business partners, vendors and others. Unfortunately, many of us instinctively try to achieve this by setting up just another meeting, when in fact productive collaboration requires a little more finesse. Here are three suggestions for improving collaboration:
Decision making in a collaborative environment is all about assembling the right people with the right blend of knowledge and experience, to arrive at the best decision possible. While entire books have been written about the art of making good decisions, here are three simple and easy-to-use suggestions
While our job duties are undoubtedly different than those of the U.S. president, we can take a lesson from him in finding new ways to increase our productivity.