Your Productivity Unleashed – What a Gen X and Baby Boomer Have Discovered

I have been in business many years and have used a variety of methods to set and achieve goals for every area of my life each year. I found over the past few years, that the traditional methods I had used no longer worked. Then, in December 2016, I found a program developed by Michael Hyatt (Baby Boomer), whose program is titled “5 Days to Your Best Year Ever”. His passion, he says, is creating a step by step guide for anyone with something to say or sell.

Michael’s program goes far beyond the SMART goal concept (specific, measurable, actionable, risky and time-keyed). After reviewing the product, which covers every area of life, I purchased it and spent five full days working on plans for the next year. I set my goals up in a format easily measured, assessed and adjusted if needed. He has recently added journals for his program on Amazon, as well as a new live event

Recently, I found another resource to take my initiatives to a whole new level. I have long been a fan of John Dumas, world-renowned podcast creator. John has designed and developed tools to help you master productivity, discipline and focus in 100 days. He uses blocks of time, adds scoring for productivity and discipline, and recaps every ten days. These are simple, take only a few minutes to complete and are designed to keep you on track. His programs are produced in journals, available in both digital format and hard-backed books on Amazon. I tested a paper copy, downloaded from his web site over the summer, to see if this would fit with the goals I had set. My results – unbelievable success! I have a hard-back journal and am now ready to focus on my next 100 days. John Dumas also developed a Freedom Journal, to help you accomplish your goals, using specific accountability techniques. If goal setting is your issue, I might recommend trying this one first.

Whether you are in the corporate workplace or an entrepreneur, I believe you will find these products an invaluable addition to your career toolkit. With literally thousands of goals setting and productivity products on the market over time, I am sensitive to recommending more. However, I found that these tools have made a profound difference in achieving success at work and home. Whether you choose products from one organization or a combination from both, I think you will be pleased with the investment.

How a Tie Can Affect Productivity

The easiest way to shake up an HR convention is to announce that dress codes have no impact in the business world. The workplace dress code has been a hotly debated topic for many companies over the years. A great saying is that “the way you dress affects the way you feel and the way you feel affects the way you act”. Any good company wants their employees working at their best. Dress code is very important in contributing to corporate culture and expressing the daily values that the company stands for. Now that we’ve ended the debate of importance, it’s time to tackle the real one; which dress code is more conducive to a productive workplace?

The decline of business professional attire started more recently than you would think. The business casual trend emerged in the early 90s, when many Silicon Valley workers refused to wear a suit and tie to work every day. Companies wanted to stay competitive, which started with casual Fridays and lead some companies to an all business casual environment. Many companies feel it improves their employee morale and helps to eliminate status barriers, while some companies still feel that it enhances productivity. Like any good debate, the final answer boils down to a matter of opinion.

Now, let’s try a quick visualization exercise; when you see a man in a business suit and tie, what is your first immediate thought? Do you think power? What about determination? I can guarantee your first thought isn’t “lazy” or “someone who cuts corners”. Anyone who has donned a suit and tie can tell you that you don’t roll out of bed an hour late; grab your suit from the dirty hamper and still slide into work just in time. A suit requires time, care and a close attention to detail. A suit projects the image that you are ready to work, ready to take on the day. You mean business.

There are quite a few reasons why a company would want to keep a strict dress code. Some include:

First Impressions – I know the immediate rebuttal to this will be, “I don’t interact with customers.” But what about other employees? Imagine a new employee walks into the office for the first day, excited about the new opportunities and corporate environment. Will this eager go-getter still think they found the perfect job or will the laid-back environment set a tone of underachievement?

Pride – What you wear to an interview such as a suit and tie, was that a one-time deal? Dressing professionally gains you respect on an on-going basis. It shows that you take pride in what you wear and the image you exude. Most people translate that into having pride in the work you do.

Division of Personal and Professional Life – You’ve planned and prepared and are walking into the office mentally devoted, your full attention to the job, tackling the biggest problems and making the most of the day.

One of my favorite quotes is, “Dress for the job you want not the job you have”. Dressing professionally shows you’re serious about your career path and you’re striving for great accomplishments.

8 Ways to Boost Productivity in the Office – Start Outside and Work Your Way In

Setting up a new office for your business is no simple task. From finding the most suitable place to settle in, to making sure that your office space is kitted out thoroughly and that your employees have absolutely everything that they will need on hand; there’s always something else to remember.

In this article we are going to explore a few different ways in which you can maximise on the productivity in your office. Once you’re all up and running and things are beginning to pick up pace, you’re going to want to ensure that your workers are motivated and dedicated to the task at hand.

It’s a big deal, setting up an office; and you want to do everything in your power to secure your success. Read on for 8 ways in which you can boost productivity in your new office.

1 – Location, Location

OK, so this point isn’t related to what’s in the office, but what’s outside. One of the most important aspects of an office’s location is what there is to do in the immediate surrounding area. You need to offer your employees the opportunity to get out of the office on their lunch and enjoy a nice coffee, or some decent places to eat. This is the key to a productive workforce – ample having distractions OUTSIDE.

2 – Keep Distractions to a Minimum

While it is important to have your office located in a relatively central area with plenty of things to do, you should try to keep the distractions in the office to a minimum. You’ll have a hard-enough time keeping them off their smart phones, so an overly cluttered office with too many visual distractions can be detrimental.

Keep it simple and add plenty of green to your office. Having a few beautiful plants scattered around have more benefits than simply making the place look pretty.

3 – Noise: Find the Right Balance

This one really does depend on the culture of your business and the personalities that you have on your team. Often a bit of music can really help to boost productivity in the workplace, though having the radio going with lots of talking may not be the best course of action.

Weigh it up and try to find the right fit for the people you have working for you. Perhaps a bit of neutral instrumental music playing in the background throughout the day could be really positive.

4 – Ergonomic Furniture, Always

You should never skimp on furniture when it comes to kitting out your office. No, it’s not cheap and you’ve no doubt forked a lot of money so far throughout the entire process of getting things set up. But, if you want your employees to work at their optimum performance levels it is important to ensure that they are comfortable. Not only that, but ergonomic office furniture is much, much better for their health and well-being. At least act like you care, eh?

5 – Light the Way

Lighting is arguably one of the most important factors when it comes to productivity and the overall mood in an office. Natural light is truly a godsend and so you should take every advantage of it. If you’re limited with how many windows you have in the office, then look to installing a few mirrors in opportune locations.

This can also contribute towards making the space feel bigger, if you’re in a particularly small office. You could always look to implement various lighting or lamp features, though again; be careful not to go too OTT with distractions.

6 – A Room with a View

Again, this isn’t necessarily going to be possible, depending on your set up. Though it is always handy to have some large open windows, offering a nice view for your employees to enjoy.

While we’ve talked about keeping distractions to a minimum, a bit of green or a city-scape can often be inspiring – that and it affords your staff a quick respite from staring at their screens.

7 – Encourage Regular Breaks

Arguably the worst thing that you can do to your business is order your employees to stay at their desks at all times. I’ve worked in that environment before, where people are penalised for spending too much time in the toilet and believe me; it does not work. Not only does it significantly reduce your staff retention rate, but it also encourages people to slack off more.

By encouraging regular breaks, it is not only good for your employee’s health, but their productivity too. A bit of time away from the desk to stretch their legs will work wonders. Try implementing some fun brain teasers and puzzles to keep them occupied for 5 minutes while they have a cup of tea – that’ll keep the cogs whirling.

8 – Keep a Clean Environment

If you can’t afford to hire cleaners, do it yourself. There is nothing worse than a filthy environment. Make sure that your office is regularly cleaned and that your staff keep a clean working area. They may not like it, but you could implement a “slob-of-the-month”, award. Nobody will want to be recognised as the one who doesn’t clean up after themselves in the break room.

To Summarise

Certain Office buildings come with a number of benefits, such as in-house cleaning, round-the-clock security and being in a centralised location with magnificent views. You can tick off many of these productivity points simply be finding the right spot to set your office up. Do your research before rushing in! Make sure your employees will benefit just as much from it’s location as will your budget.