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Personal and Workplace Productivity to Get More Done in Less Time

Every business manager strives for high productivity employees. It makes sense, with most costs fixed the more produced by employees the cheaper each unit of production. Even non-profits jump on the productivity management bandwagon; improving workplace productivity is well a truly a “buzz word” now.

Employees buy in to doing more, not only because employers are tracking their time, but also because they reason that highly productive employees will be highly valued, which they hope will translate to career advancement, salary increases and promotions. Getting more done in less time is nearly a national pastime in the U.S. 

Productivity is so good a buzz word that individuals also strive for high personal productivity. Even stay-at-home moms are on the productivity bandwagon. They juggle a myriad of home and child-care duties while trying to maintain some semblance of a social life, and maybe even some part-time work. 

And the same holds true again for people who work or are looking to work as Virtual Assistants or other freelance contractors.

Time Management with Smart phones

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Proof of people attempting high productivity through multi-tasking time management is apparent on any freeway. Look over at the car in the next lane. It’s likely you’ll see someone talking on iphone, perhaps gesturing wildly, holding a sandwich or drink in  one hand – all that while attempting to maneuver a two-ton vehicle at 70 mph safely to the next destination. 

Marketers offer convincing arguments that smart phones, social networks, and twenty-four hour internet connectivity on your new techno-gadget will provide highly productive, happy people. Ads show smiling people accomplishing important business tasks while basking on a sunny  beach. What’s not to like about that? 

Improving Employee Productivity, Who Benefits? 

The reality seems much different from the marketing message. Nearly half of all U.S. workers are dissatisfied with their jobs. A similar percentage feel their lives are out of balance. 

But only people benefiting from improving productivity are business owners and the companies selling productivity gadgets. 

That’s one reason why taking control of your day and working as a Virtual Assistant can be so rewarding. While you don’t have the luxury of determining what you do each day you do have a much more flexible work environment and can craft it to suit how you work best.


Focused Productivity Management 

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Rather than working on doing more with technology and multi-tasking, you should list out a set of goals or objectives each day and only use technology or tools if it makes it easy to achieve those outcomes.

For example people often get stuck in a loop of sending countless emails back and forward when a simple phone call would get you an answer much quicker.

Just because we have computers in our homes and office doesn’t mean that we have to use them for every single task that is on our to do list.