As we move towards the year’s end, before we look forward, let’s take a look back at some of the best blog posts from ProjectManager.com and from around the web. We’re going to comb through all that content by subject. First, and maybe most important, is productivity. You know that feeling: there’s not enough time in the day to get everything done. Productivity helps you take limited resources and get the most out of them.
So, here are the seven blog posts on productivity that we found most interesting. We hope that they help you get more done, so you’ll have more time to read our blog.
Best Blogs on Productivity from ProjectManager.com
We’re proud of the work we’ve done on the blog this year, including a redesign to include new categories. Here are some of the best productivity posts from our site.
The Art of Multitasking (Everything You Need to Know to Get Everything Done)
Yes, there’s an art to multitasking. It’s gotten a bad name lately and understandably. For instance, you can’t multitask. Science tells us what you’re really doing is going from one task to another and then back again.
Okay, but even scientists often find themselves with too much work to do, which is all expected to be completed at the same time. Then what do you do, smarty-pants? Yes, life requires multitasking. It might not be the best solution, but sometimes it’s the only.
So, what do you do? There are many things you can do to help get the most out of your multitasking, from using task software and automating notifications to breaking down your task list and using your downtime wisely. Read more about multitasking here.
8 Essential KPI Metrics for Teams
Key Performance Indicators (KPI) are a way to measure how effectively you’re working to achieve your goals and objectives. In other words, a great tool to find out how productive you’re being.
Once you know where you are in terms of productivity, you can start to work to improve those numbers. You’ll want to write clear objectives, so you know where it is you want to go. Don’t forget to share those with your team, so everyone’s on the same page.
Once that’s done, update on progress and meet regularly to make sure you and your team are staying on track. Our short tutorial video on KPI metrics goes into this process more deeply.
7 Work Habits You Need to Succeed
Success isn’t given. It takes hard work and persistence. It also doesn’t hurt if you can apply these work habits that our contributor Jennifer Bridges, PMP, showed viewers in our project management training video.
One way to know what habits are effective to increase your productivity is by examining the daily habits of some of the world’s most successful CEOs. What do they do, and how can you emulate their habits?
But more generally, if you’re open to being coached and are dependable, you’ll find it goes a long way towards achieving success. If you want to learn more, read the full blog post about work habits that boost productivity.
Get Inspired: 13 Creativity Exercises for Non-Creatives
Whether you work on the creative side of a business or not, being creative is going to always help you problem solve better and thus lead to greater productivity. Also, creativity isn’t the sole domain of the starving artist. It’s merely an approach that anyone, no matter their profession, can have.
Sometimes the creative gene is dormant, but it is never extinguished. Even if you think those days are gone like kindergarten, then have we got a baker’s dozen exercises for you to try out.
After you try some of these creative exercises developed for the workplace, you might not find yourself stretching canvas, with paint-stained fingertips and a beret rakishly tilted to the side of your head, but you’ll be surprised how much better you work. Read about the creativity exercises and get back to us, creatively of course.
How to Stop Procrastinating at Work
Admit it; you’re probably reading this instead of doing your work. Thanks! But, seriously, procrastination might be one of the biggest culprits when it comes to lost productivity.
People are creative about procrastinating. If they put as much effort in just doing what they had to do, they would be both more productive and have more time to procrastinate, if they love it that much.
But no one really likes to procrastinate. It’s just a way to deal with stress, but it’s an ineffective one. We have some great methods to stop you procrastinating at work, but you’ll have to stop procrastinating and read them.
The Best Posts on Productivity Around the Web
As much as we loathe to say it, there are other great blogs out there on the internet. We read them and have learned a lot from them, too. Here are a couple that we found especially helpful with it comes to productivity.
All the Productivity Tips You Need in 9 Infographics
Most of us read a lot, for work and for pleasure, but a block of text is not always the most inviting thing to come across online. It’s a hurdle that we don’t always clear. But Lifehack has a hack for that, of course. Their post on productivity tips made up of infographics is so great we wish we came up with it first!
A picture is worth a thousand words, plus short descriptive paragraphs that accompany the images helps flesh out the ideas in an easy-to-digest way. See for yourself.
18 Proven Ways to Stay Focused That Increase Productivity
Our friends at Entrepreneur have some great ideas about productivity, 18 of them in fact, that focus on, well, staying focused.
Productivity is an umbrella term, and there are many behaviors that rest beneath it and hold the concept up. One of the most important is probably focus. If you can’t stay focused, you’re going off-track, which is another way of saying you’re losing productivity.
Think of focus as a tool and the advice given as ways to sharpen that tool so it functions at its best, and you do too. To gain productivity, follow these smart and practical steps that are listed here.
This is just the tip of the productivity iceberg. Come visit ProjectManager.com and read more productivity posts on our blog. Then check out our cloud-based project management software, and see how it can improve your productivity. Don’t procrastinate! Take this free 30-day trial today.