I recently facilitated a seminar at an automobile assembly plant with a diverse group of participants. They were an almost perfect cross-section of departments at the plant. I quickly found that I was surrounded by #ProductivitySuperheroes who were willing and eager to offer tips on how to be more effective at work.
In no particular order, here are some productivity tips from my new friends…
- Set your priorities. ~Aline
- Be on time. ~Scott
- Knock out the tasks that take less than five minutes immediately. ~Adam
- Stay focused. ~Michael
- Be a good communicator. ~Richard
- Provide clear direction. ~Isaac
- Learn how to delegate. ~Chris
- Work only your responsibilities. ~Chad
- Write things down. ~Jaron
- Do the worst task first. ~Elaine
- Be proactive. ~Jamie
- Do your research. ~Chris
- Be prepared for your meetings. ~Valentin
- Focus on the end goal. ~Stefanie
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. ~Kelly
- When the problems speed up, slow down. ~John
- Don’t do busywork. ~David
- Be a good listener. ~Jamie
- Stick to the agenda and keep the meeting short. ~Gee
- Have a plan. ~Rachel
- During meetings, keep your cell phone in your bag. ~Elaine
- Cut waste. ~Jill
- Never set up a meeting without an agenda. ~Brateek
- Prioritize your day. ~Morgan
I love the list above and agree with everything on it. Notice that several folks asserted that communication skills are a key element of productivity. It is easy for me (and maybe you, too) to get focused on the tactical aspect of work and under-prioritize good communication. Clear communication and listening prevent time-consuming snafus before they happen.
The other theme I find on the list is the importance of prioritization. We spent a good chunk of the seminar discussing how to prioritize tasks. In my mind, automotive assembly lines are the epitome of efficiency. It is so nice to see that prioritization and systemization are valued on the line and off.
I salute these #ProductivitySuperheroes and look forward to my next visit to the plant.
This article is a part of my #ProductivitySuperheroes series where I profile people who are exceptional at managing their time, tasks, information and/or life in general. If you’d like to nominate yourself or someone you admire, please email email@example.com.
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Dr. Melissa Gratias (pronounced "Gracious") is a work psychologist who helps overwhelmed and underappreciated businesspeople be more focused and effective. Since 2007, thousands of people have graduated with honors from her onsite sessions, distance coaching, productivity seminars, and corporate consulting projects. Based in Savannah, Georgia, Melissa is available for nationwide consulting and speaking engagements. Contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 912-417-2505. Sign up for her free monthly e-newsletter or visit her website, melissagratias.com.