1. Here are four keys that are essential for success in the workplace.
2. Key 1: Avoid unnecessary meetings. Meeting for the sake of meeting is not a good use of time. Make your meetings efficient by only meeting when necessary, putting away phones, and getting right on task.
3. Key 2: Device-free work time. Putting phones in a basket or out of sight is an easy way to stay focused during meetings or group work.
4. Key 3: Communication. Communication is key when trying to implement change in the workspace.
5. Key 4: Walk the walk. If there is to be a cultural shift in the workspace, leaders need to lead by example.
Here are four keys to make your workplace ultra-efficient, and improve everyone’s productivity, health, wellbeing, and happiness.
Key 1: Avoid unnecessary meetings
Meetings that bring people together to create things or to solve problems are wonderful, but everyone dislikes meeting for the sake of meeting. Meetings should be very specific. They should have a detailed agenda, a start, and a finish. They should include only people who absolutely must be there. And there’s no reason meetings must last the standard thirty or sixty minutes. Make them five or ten minutes if that’s all the time you really need. If you are in a meeting that’s been scheduled for thirty minutes and it ends early, don’t force everyone to stay and waste that time. Instead, use it to do something healthy, such as taking a walk.
Finally, push more meetings to the phone rather than forcing everyone to gather in person. I find it moves things along faster and cuts out much of the wasted time. If you are meeting in person, however, phones should be off. The less potential for distraction, the less potential for wasted time.
Key 2: Device-free work time
You can begin to show your team how effective they can be without distractions simply by banning phones from meetings or group work scenarios. You can have people put their phones in a basket or they can leave them with a receptionist or assistant who can keep an eye on them in case of emergency. It adds structure to your meetings to acknowledge you are going to be more productive if you’re not on our phones.
Key 3: Communication
Talk to employees often about the benefits of these changes so they understand fully how they will improve many aspects of their lives both at and outside of work. Send out weekly emails about the benefits of focus and concentration, or hold lunch-and-learn sessions. Find your own creative way to communicate to the team.
The most successful companies are thinking about the overall health of the employee. They are not trying to wring every last ounce of energy out of everybody but enabling employees to think, be creative, problem solve, be agile, come up with solutions to difficult problems, or just get the job done so they can leave and recover, regenerate, have a life, and be part of the organization for many years to come.
Key 4: Walk the walk
For any organizational change to take, the leadership needs to model it. From healthy living to effective use of time, to email batching and efficient communication, employees will shift their approach based on what they see the bosses doing—even more than what the bosses say they should be doing. Everyone wants to succeed and prove they are capable. Help them do so by modelling the focus and efficiency that will create a culture of success, wellness, and productivity.
Today’s Habit: Single Tasking
We’re going to continue with the same habit as last week - single tasking.
Remember it’s all about focusing on your most important task and only your most important task. Once you accomplish that task, you can move on to your second most important task.
Next week we’ll be starting the final module - life mastery!
Start, Stop, Continue
NOW THAT YOU’VE COMPLETED THE MODULE, IS THERE A HABIT OR ROUTINE THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO START? IS THERE A HABIT OR ROUTINE THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO STOP? IS THERE A HABIT THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO CONTINUE?
YOU CAN WRITE THESE DOWN ON YOUR OWN OR YOU CAN FILL OUT THIS FORM TO SEND US YOUR NOTES. THIS WILL HELPS US TO GIVE YOU SOME TIPS AND FEEDBACK ON HOW YOU’RE DOING.