With the arrival of a new year, many of us are reevaluating our long term goals and taking necessary steps towards achieving them. Here are 3 quick productivity tips to keep in mind when planning for 2015.
Determine Your Needs
Using the previous year's productivity results as a benchmark, determine the efficiency, effectiveness and flexibility of your systems compared to your expectations. What are the key factors causing lag? If your results were acceptable, then determine what areas could benefit most from improvement this year.
Concentrate Your Efforts
Instead of attempting to improve the entire system all at once, it may be more feasible to narrow your view to one particular process. Continuous advancement, even in areas that may be deemed currently satisfactory, is vital to create perpetual productivity that can advance independently of the complete system. The enhancement of individual components within a given system can ultimately prove to boost efficiency and throughput in related processes over time.
Set the Bar Higher Each Time
If you are consistently meeting your performance targets, it may be time to raise your expectations. Post goals where everyone can see them; create an atmosphere promoting the necessity of meeting new targets, and provide your team with the tools necessary to attaining them. Even if only slightly, goal modification is a great jump start to increasing productivity. As performance expectations increase, your systems have room to grow and evolve organically.
Let's add to the list. What other productivity methods have you found useful?