With companies becoming increasingly nervous about hacking, viruses and other online security issues (not to mention the risk of workers slacking off), more and more employers are clamping down and enforcing strict IT policies that block various programs, apps and websites. This may include several of the tools or resources to commonly use to work more productively.
It’s no secret that all of your senses play a role in your mood and energy level, to varying degrees. For example, certain scents are said to be more relaxing (and thus can perhaps make you feel more sleepy and less productive). And, as many people who work in a dark or light-challenged environment can attest, lighting and other sights can affect your ability to focus and get things done.
There are plenty of web-based tools aimed at helping you stay organized and keep on track of all of your projects. One that you should definitely check out is Toodledo. It’s a supercharged to-do list, with lots of task management features thrown in.
Sure, it’s got all of the standard stuff you expect from a calendar and task management tool, like the ability to sort and categorize your tasks using folders, tags and sub-categories. Plus, the sortable online to-do list helps you keep track of everything you need to do.
You know those tasks that seem to have lingered on your to-do list forever? You need to find a way to finally get those crossed off your list. One way to do this is to add some time pressure to the task. Those open-ended items that don’t have a concrete due date can be productivity killers, because they just sit there lingering on our list of things that need to be done. Sure, we may occasionally spend a few minutes here and there trying to chip away at that task, but we never seem to make enough progress to feel like we accomplished anything.
Ask any office professional what one of the biggest “time hogs” in their schedule might be, and you will likely hear meetings at the top of the list. Part of the problem is the tendency in many workplaces to “over-invite” when it comes to the meeting attendance list. Frequently, the standard operating procedure is to invite anyone who might be even remotely involved with any of the topics on the agenda. Another common strategy is to invite entire teams or departments.