Productivity Knowledge Base: When Productivity is a Dirty Word
enhancement efforts often bomb, despite management's high hopes and
complete backing. Why is this?
Productivity enhancement isn't something you install, like a light bulb. It's something you do as a team. However, many well-meaning people forget this--or never knew it.
Many productivity efforts require changing work methods. Keep in mind that the typical front-line worker has a work ethic that is based primarily on personal pride in a job well-done and in giving a good day's work for a good day's pay. When you come out and say, "Well, you are now going to do things this way instead of how you have been doing them," what do you think that person actually hears?
You probably know what is going to come next.
That person hears that you are saying s/he is lazy, stupid, or deficient in some other way. You have insulted that person and simultaneously insinuated you are superior. This is not a recipe for success or for building team spirit.
So, what should you do instead? You'll find that our in our productivity seminars.
Keep in mind that productivity enhancement isn't just another project. It's the way your company can stay competitive. If you fail at this effort, your company will start a downward slide into oblivion. Perhaps it already has. Even if you are busy, are you really making good margins on your projects? Do you even know the answer?
More thoughts on time managementThe phrase "time management" is an unfortunate language quirk. You can't really manage time. It just is. You can't gain time, create time, or even lose time. Time is what it is, regardless of what we do. And, paradoxically, many common "time management" techniques and practices are timewasters because they divert limited resources (such as time) to the wrong things.
It would be better to say "time allocation" or "activity management" "time usage" or some other phraseology to indicate that it's not time itself you're managing but how you use the time that exists. But we'll use the common terminology here to avoid confusion.
Some things time management is not:
Some things good time management involves:
We've highlighted only some of the factors involved in good time management. We actually teach extreme time management, which is a methodology that allows you to make effective use of your time almost second nature. You don't need a complicated system. Our system puts many of the variables on autopilot, so you have more time to do what you need to do. Our system goes way beyond most other systems in results, yet is far simpler.
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