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How many tasks do you have to juggle to complete each day? Do you find it hard to decide what needs doing first?

In our main article this month you can read about three simple techniques you can incorporate into your day that will help you focus your activities and improve your productivity.
You can quickly incorporate any one or all of these techniques into your working day and stay on top of your work more effectively.

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Helen Bristoll
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June 2013 Issue
Don’t let procrastination derail your career
Creating empathy between people and the organization through appraisals
Do you hate taking minutes?
Don’t let procrastination derail your career
IMAGE Do you find that the number of tasks you need to complete feel impossible to achieve? The idea of putting off a task until a later date seems the easy option, but one day turns into a week, and pretty soon you have fallen behind on too many tasks to ever get caught up properly.

There are three simple techniques that can help you overcome this habit of procrastinating , which is the sworn enemy of productivity and has often be sited as the reason behind a career being derailed. If you are able to stay on top of your duties as a manager day in and day out, you will keep up with deadlines and never feel the pressure that comes with putting off important jobs.
While we all know that we shouldn’t procrastinate, sometimes it is hard to make the right decision and tackle the problems that are in front of us. This can be especially difficult for someone in a management position who might have difficult decisions to make that have real-world consequences for the staff and the business as a whole.

If you are someone that is prone to procrastinate over how to perform your tasks, consider the following simple methods of getting things done in a timely and productive manner.
Morning To-Do List
One effective method of staying on track is to make a to-do list each morning when you begin work. That list will include everything you need to do that day, including work duties and personal ones. When you look at it with fresh eyes first thing in the morning, you can logically prioritize the tasks and check them off one by one. If you wait until later in the day to get a list together, you might be feeling overloaded, stressed or tired and decide to put some of it off for another day.

Get in a routine of making your list while doing something relaxing like having a cup of coffee at your desk before you start on your emails. This will get your morning off on the right foot, and set you up for a day of productivity.
Hardest Tasks First
The human brain naturally fatigues during the day and it gets harder the think clearly, even under good circumstances. If you hold a stressful position that requires you to be going in many different directions at once, your brain will fatigue even faster during the day. If you wait to do your hardest tasks until the end of the day, you will have more trouble with them and likely end up frustrated.

By using the to-do list method to get your tasks done, you can aim to tackle the easy ones at the end of the day. You won’t need to think as much and you can coast through the finish line. Having the hard tasks complete and in your rearview mirror is a good feeling that will propel you to complete the rest of your list.
Ten-Minute Rule
Sometimes, we just get stuck on a task and can’t figure out how to solve the problem. For cases like this, a ten-minute rule is a good idea.

The method is simple – start working on your challenging task and keep an eye on the clock. If you spend ten minutes on it and are unable to make any headway at all, stop. From there, you can either ask someone for assistance or just take a break and come back to it later.

Staring at the same project for hours on end with no progress will make you frustrated and waste time in the process. Stick with the ten-minute rule when dealing with a stubborn task and you won’t waste you whole day on any one job. Procrastination is a minor habit that can turn into a major problem.

Your job performance can be destroyed by too much procrastination, especially on tasks that have specific timelines associated with them. If you want to know more about breaking this habit then download our free eBook ‘Overcoming Procrastination’. By having a plan in place to monitor your procrastination, you can slowly change your habits to where you are no longer tempted to put things off for another day.

Remember, work you finish today doesn’t have to be done tomorrow, and that is a good feeling. Use these procrastination technique to stay on task and keep your career pointed in the right direction.
Creating empathy between people and the organization through appraisals
Communication is a major factor when it comes to operating a business. The better the communication between employees the better the company operates.

Creating empathy between your team members and the organization can be achieved through your appraisal process. By making good use of the regular performance reviews you have with each team member throughout the year you will create a working relationship based on trust and empathy.

Click on the 'learn more' button below to find out how you can attain such benefits.
Do you hate taking minutes?
Do you find the task of producing meeting minutes more hassle than the meeting?
If your answer is ‘Yes’ then you may benefit from looking at our free checklist ‘Meeting Minutes Tasks’.

This will help you to prepare fully for any meeting you hold or attend, ensuring that it is a productive use of your time.
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