“Stressing output is the key to improving productivity, while looking to increase activity can result in just the opposite.” – Paul Gauguin
Improving time management strategies will help increase your team’s productivity. By improving productivity, your team will find it easier to reach their goals. Increased productivity takes time. However, as your team begins to implement different strategies, they will discover which methods are effective to improve productivity.
Repeating What Works
There are numerous programs, hints, and tips available to help improve productivity. The key to improvement is discovering what works and repeating actions with the appropriate tools. This requires researching and trying different strategies to determine which ones fit best with your team’s workload and habits. For example, not everyone can use the same technology to keep a schedule. Once you determine which resources and strategies are effective, it is important to keep repeating them. There is no reason to change a routine once you have determined what works for your team. Over time, the repetition will increase productivity and help your team reach their goals.
The faster your team becomes, the more productive they will be. Effort and practice will help increase your team’s speed on tasks that they perform regularly. For example, they can work on getting faster at typing, reading, walking, etc. No matter the task, they can just try to increase the speed a little bit at a time.
Remove “Should” from Your Dictionary
It is important for your team to avoid uncertainty in their language. For example, the word “should” needs to leave their dictionary. This word implies feelings of guilt because you do not plan on actually following through. For example, someone who says, “I should start exercising every morning” is not likely to start exercising. The decisive word “will” indicates a decision has been made. Saying, “I will start exercising” is making a commitment to follow through with an idea. Making this simple shift in vocabulary will commit your team to action and improve their productivity.
Build on Successes
Success itself can become a cycle if your team start small and build on your achievements. Once your team has a single success, they will find the motivation to work towards more. They should start with a small success and build. Let them begin with a goal that is easy to reach and move on to another achievable goal. These successes will provide a foundation to build on as they attempt to reach more goals and success. By moving from success to success, your team will be able to increase productivity.