Tag Archives: time management
Laszlo Bock, SVP, Google, ‘People Operations,’ recently spoke about staff retention and what it takes to make employees happy, so they’ll stay with you. Even at the pre-eminent purveyor of perks, Google knows that these perks are not what keep people around. According to Bock, the important factors are two: working with terrific people and knowing that what they do each day matters.
We’re all so busy. Our to-do lists are a mile long. Even with overtime, we can barely make a dent in our workload. Email and IMs invade our non-working hours and interfere with sleep. With all these demands, plus those we have from family and friends, is it possible we’re missing something critically important to our careers? Failure to invest in yourself could limit your ability to advance and earn raises. But what does ‘invest’ mean?
Work can seem grueling at any time, but especially in summer. You see the years slipping away with no chance to make special summer memories. There’s never enough time. If only you could clone yourself (unrealistic) or manufacture time (impossible). But what if there were a way to do both and get some summer hours back? The answer is making time for a vacation with automation. Rather than fear that ‘a robot will take my job,’ consider that the part a robot does is either rote work you hate, or handling issues that occur at inconvenient times of the night.
For many in the USA, the 4th of July is filled with barbecues, sports, and family with no thought about the meaning of Independence Day and the sacrifices made to ensure American freedoms. I think that’s a mistake; we take our freedoms for granted, no matter where we live. But we also can fail to exercise them as much as we can.
This happens a lot at work. When you find yourself doing too many low reward tasks, you have to ask yourself, “Why am I working this way?” But too often, we don’t ask and continue to toil away wondering why our efforts don’t lead to raises, bonuses and promotions.
When someone comes to you and says, “Let’s take some time to evaluate some new products,” you probably just groan. Looking at new software means more than the hour you give the vendor. You have to plan a testing protocol, find a way to slot it in and evaluate the results. In most cases, you end up looking at several products before you find one that fits your needs.
You’re overloaded, overworked and can’t imagine finding the time to even consider new software let alone test it. But what if the time you take, in most cases, a one-time effort per solution, could end up saving you time in the long run. What if the product could actually give you time back? What if you actually could buy time?