Hey, it’s January! How’d that happen?!
After the whirlwind month of December (a healthy balance of celebration and working your tail off), January always brings some time for reflection and the desire to do something a little better than the previous year. And while many of us hit the pavement running after the holidays, it’s important to take a deep breath (you can do it!) and evaluate our working environments.
With the start of every new year, we find ourselves looking to get more organized and manage our time better. I asked some of our team members to share their favorite productivity reads from around the blogosphere. Here they are:
Beyond the List: 8 Powerful Ways to Manage Your Tasks
by Andrew Kunesh, via the Zapier blog
In this post from Zapier (one of Tannus’s favorite productivity apps), Andrew breaks down the pros and cons of 8 task management methods. Here’s some of his assessment of the GTD (Getting Things Done) method:
Getting Things Done (often abbreviated as GTD), is the Grocery List method on steroids. This method of task management, popularized by the book with the same name, is simply a powerful way of using lists and details to manage your tasks. Apps based on this method may look similar to standard grocery list-style apps, but they’ll also have sub-lists, time management tools and more built in.
For example, when working on an article, I can use a powerful list-based task management app to make a new project for the article and then add tasks for sections of an article, reminders to proofread, and make a list of all additional resources required to complete the article. At the same time, I can have projects for my home tasks, other ongoing projects at work, and more.
14 Tips to Make 2015 Your Most Productive Year Yet
by Rachel Gillett, via Fast Company
My pick serves as part pep talk, part “try this”. While points like “prioritize what matters” may seem like no-brainers, I found myself really needing the reminder. I’ve adopted point #10 on the list already:
“Be intentional about email.”
Before opening any email, cofounder of Crazy Egg, Hello Bar, and KISSmetrics Neil Patel says you should first ensure you have the time to respond to it. “If you decided to respond later on, it will cause you to have to re-read the email, which is an inefficient use of your time,” he says.
And remember that most emails don’t need an immediate response—or any reply at all—says Zendesk CEO and founder Mikkel Svane. “Take a breath and wait a minute before jumping into the fray on group emails and non-urgent issues. You’ll find that sometimes the most powerful response is no response at all. You’ll suddenly have more time for the replies that deserve your time and attention.”
Despite your best intentions, your business social media accounts can quickly drop to the bottom of priority lists. Dedicating time daily or even weekly to Facebook and Twitter can seem completely overwhelming to the average healthcare practioner/clinic owner. Miles’ pick, published in August of last year, has some very timely advice for getting on top of your social media game in 2015. The author highlights three very useful tools for scheduling and organizing your posts while reminding us of the importance of keeping things real:
Just remember a couple of golden rules when it comes to scheduling posts: Don’t schedule everything, be prepared to engage when your scheduled posts go live, and stay on top of current events and trending topics.
How are you looking to #worksmarter this year? Let’s talk!