Less Labor – More Day

Get more done

As Labor Day approaches it’s a good time to ask the question, how can we labor less and get more out of our work days. The simple answer is “productivity”. The dictionary definition of productivity is “expressed as the ratio of output to inputs”, while a simpler definition is just do more – with less. Less what? Less time, less cost, less effort. How to make this happen … here are 5 simple solutions, for your consideration, to help get started:

  1. Your daily to do list – keep it to no more than 5 things and put them on a simple 3×5 index card for quick reference.
  2. My time – at the start of every week, or in advance of the next week, block your calendar for varying 90 minute periods of time in the morning and afternoon where you can get your work done – i.e.  no meetings.
  3. Use your colleagues and office mates as resources – there’s a lot of experience sitting around or near you – take advantage of them.
  4. Simple documentation – an astonishing large number of meetings, more than 50%, don’t have meeting minutes generated within the first 24 hours of the meeting or at all. Issue minutes quickly so you’re not talking about the same things at the next meeting.
  5. Use productivity tools to your advantage – don’t be afraid of technology. A lot of it is quick and easy to use.

For more ideas on how to increase your productivity – check out our productivity blog and enjoy laboring less, and getting more out of your day.

Dave Oshlag has been helping companies large and small stay organized and focus on the right projects for more than 25 years.  His specialty is saving hours of time wasted on disorganized systems without spending thousands of dollars. He’s best known for enabling massive changes in productivity with tools like W5 Templates that are simple, streamlined and get people organized quickly.

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