We all wish to be more productive and efficient in our daily lives. Enhanced productivity is not a delusion but a real, achievable goal; the key is finding both the motivation and the right tools for the job.
As a start, let’s consider a productive work environment as this is essential if we want to make the most of our job. Indeed, there are simple steps to implement a more productive workplace:
- A unique vision and a sense of purpose: by establishing strong values and a clear set of goals and instructions.
- Confident and comfortable environment: optimistic policies and a nice, clean working place will have a positive impact on productivity.
- Learn how to delegate: focusing on the strengths and delegating other minor tasks is a win-win.
- Productive learning and thinking: the ability to solve problems creatively.
- Flexible schedules: flexibility and remote working are great allies in the long run.
WHY PRODUCTIVE WORKING RELATIONSHIPS ARE IMPORTANT
The answer is rather simple; human beings are social creatures, therefore, the better we get along, the better we perform in every aspect of life (work is not an exception). However, it takes time and some effort to develop strong and fruitful relationships with colleagues, bosses, suppliers and customers.
The best approach is a mixture of teamwork, trust, respect and effective communication.
In conclusion, if we wish to establish stable relationships, we must identify our strengths and weaknesses using reliable processes like the Stakeholder Management.
PRODUCTIVE WORK RESOURCES AND TOOLS
When it comes to productivity, we can’t take anything for granted. Here, a few lists with valuable resources that will help us to implement our long-term strategies.
1. BOOKS ON PRODUCTIVITY
• Classic: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change.
• Best-seller: Getting Things Done: How to Achieve Stress-free Productivity.
• Most original approach: The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich.
• A practical view: The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business.
• Hacks, tips and tricks: Life Hacker: The Guide to Working Smarter, Faster, and Better.
2. PRODUCTIVITY PODCASTS AND CHANNELS
• The Productivityist Podcast: conversations with experts, app reviews, strategies and much more.
• The Accidental Creative: a practical approach to everyday life, health and work.
• The Productive Woman: productivity tips for busy women.
• Self Made Man: practical skills to improve every area of life.
• Love Your Work: for creative entrepreneurs and solopreneurs.
• Wolkify: personal growth and development.
• Simon Sinek: tools and resources for inspiration.
• Simpletivity: tips, apps and time management ideas.
• Dotto Tech: technical reviews and personal productivity with real-world examples.
• Productivity Game: a collection of book reviews focused on creativity, productivity and innovation.
3. APPS AND PLATFORMS
• Todoist (Android, iOS): to-do list and planner app.
• Evernote (Web, Android, iOS, Windows, Mac): a versatile notebook.
• Mobile Microsoft Office (Android, iOS): adapted to the touch screens while compatible with the desktop versions.
• Pocket (Web, Chrome, Android, iOS, Mac): ideal for saving videos and articles to watch later.
• MindMeister (Web, Android, iOS): mind maps made easy.
• IFTTT (Android, iOS): task automation via applets.
• Asana (Android, iOS, Web): project management platform.
• Scanbot (Android, iOS): to scan documents from the phone.
• Google Drive (Web, Android, iOS, Windows, Mac): file storage and good integration with other services and apps.
• Trello (Web, Android, iOS, Windows, Mac): a perfect work planner.