We all strive to find ways to be more productive, but many of us fail to learn how to do this. We also have our own opinions of what should take place and the actions that need to be taken, but sometimes are hesitant to step up and speak up. These articles are full of great ideas to help you be more productive and know how to speak up when you see something that needs to be done differently, which can help your professional workplace.
12 Habits of the Most Productive People
Fast Company Article:
You see these people around the office and wonder how they are getting so much done every day. These are the people who always seem to have more done by 10am than you get done in the entire workday, but what is their secret. In reality it’s not any secret at all; these people know the difference between what matters and what doesn’t. They put their efforts into the twenty percent of the work that makes a huge difference over the work that means nothing to ensure they are giving the company the most production for their time. These folks are organized and have a plan every day along with a set routine they follow, which really does lead to productivity. Review this article and learn how you can become more productive, it’s not as hard as you might think it would be.
When it’s Tough to Speak Up, Get Help from Your Coworkers
Harvard Business Review Article:
Speaking up to your boss to invoke changes can be daunting at times. It’s important when you ask them to change what they are doing or the entire company you have facts to back up what you are proposing to show that the action you suggest will help the company. Sometimes, even when you have all the data you need on your side you will feel much more confident if you have a group of coworkers on your side to discuss the changes you feel need to be made with your boss. The saying “there is strength in numbers” absolutely has bearing in this case, but you might not be sure where to recruit people to see your suggestion will help. What you need to do is look to those you trust most at work and start there to show what you would like to change in the company.
How to Disagree with Your Boss (Without Getting Fired)
The Muse Article:
How are you going to disagree with your boss? If you start talking to the rest of the team and show your disregard for what your boss has decided is the right course of action you are heading down the wrong path. Instead, you need to have a conversation with your boss and express your disagreement in a professional manner. When and where you air your disagreement is important as to not pick a time when they are stressed and won’t give you their full attention. Start your conversation on a positive note and ask questions regarding this new course of action. Once you have the discussion on the way, make your suggestions or air your disagreement while also expressing the results of what your suggestions will be. In the end, you have to respect the final decision of your boss, you have given them something to think about, but overall they have made a decision and you have to respect what they decide to do.