Will Productivity in the Workplace Suffer Due to the Winter Olympics? It Depends.

Productivity in the workplace is expected to take a dip during the weeks of the Winter Olympics, but some employees will handle it better than others.

Sporting News recently reported that heavy sports enthusiasts spend on average over 31 hours a week following sports. These same people will probably completely shut down the next few weeks to follow the Olympics. Others will do what needs to be done…it all depends on the type of worker they normally are.

Slackers will use this as an excuse to do less work. If they’re wasting time instead of working now, they’ll just do more of it these few weeks.

On the other hand, conscientious employees will continue to meet goals, beat deadlines, and service the customer.

If you’re the boss and are going to require less of them during this craze, you should have required more from them before it heated up.

PEACE.

Will Productivity in the Workplace Take a Dip as a Result of the London 2012 Olympic Games? It Depends.

Productivity in the workplace during the Olympics 2012Productivity in the workplace is expected to take a dip during the next two weeks, but some employees will handle it better than others.

Sporting News recently reported that heavy sports enthusiasts spend on average over 31 hours a week following sports. These same people will probably completely shut down the next two weeks to follow the Olympics. Others will do what needs to be done…it all depends on the type of worker they normally are.

Slackers will use this as an excuse to do less work. If they’re wasting time instead of working now, they’ll just do more of it these few weeks.

On the other hand, conscientious employees will continue to meet goals, beat deadlines, and service the customer.

If you’re the boss and are going to require less of them during this craze, you should have required more from them before it heated up.

PEACE.

How to Add Where You Work or Your Like Page to Your Facebook Timeline Profile (with video)

I visit a lot of Facebook pages and click a member’s Employer link only to be led to a generic community page. I don’t want to miss any opportunities to shamelessly promote my business, so I changed mine to take you directly to my Like page. The video below shows you how to do it.

From your main profile page:

  1. Click Update Info, and look at the Work and Education module.
  2. Begin typing the name of your employer or Like page in the Employer field, “Where have you worked?”
  3. When your page shows up in the dropdown listing, click it.
  4. Complete the remaining fields, then click Save Changes, Done Editing.

That should do it. I hope you’ll share this post with your network and Subscribe to my YouTube channel, DigitalBreakThroughs.

 

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Coaching Session Turned Into a Slideshow/Video

Monday Breakthroughs

I recently recorded a coaching session/Webinar I had with two clients who wanted to get organized at work (that’s the number one way of creating more time). One is a small business owner (events planner) and the other in hotel sales. Clutter was taking over their lives and blocking them from reaching their full potential.

The next day, as I was listening to the recording, the idea hit me to create a video of this call and include the slides.

I considered different ways I could create this video and ended up doing it as follows.

Step One

The first thing I did was to edit the audio to a tight conversation that’s the right combination of my tips and how my clients understood them and will use them. Once that was perfected, I made a separate recording of my introduction to the video (the next time I do this, I’ll include this when I record the phone call).

Step Two

The next step was to save each slide in my PowerPoint presentation as pictures (here is a previous post I wrote on how to Save a PowerPoint Slide as a Picture). So now I have my audio and my PowerPoint slides in a format I can use. Next, I had to sync everything.

Step Three

I use Camtasia Studio. I created a new project and added both the audio files to the timeline. I also inserted all the slides into the Clip Bin as separate pictures. As I listened to the recording, I stopped every time I referenced a new slide. I’d then add the appropriate slide/picture to the timeline and adjust the recording to fit.

Step Four

Once I had the project the way I wanted it, I rendered it as a Flash video and uploaded it to Techsmith’s Website, Screencast.com.

Finished Resource

Now I have a product: Monday Breakthroughs. You’ll be able to view the full video/presentation/training at your convenience, then join me on the phone any Monday for live group coaching that’s only for Q&A. (In addition to the video and phone coaching, you’ll also receive my ebook, Get Organized At Work, and a set of free Word documents that make it easy to create a filing system and will save you hours of work.)

Here’s the trailer.

Get all the details and sign up right here.

I went from a coaching call to developing a new product using tools I already know. I spent one day developing this instead of outsourcing, waiting months, going back and forth until I could get exactly what I wanted, completely stressing out, and paying a ton of money.

My question to you: how can you take what you know and create products to sell while you sleep? Leave a comment with your ideas.

What’s Next?

I think my next project will cover how to improve your email habits and etiquette, and how to manage email overload using Outlook. I’ll keep you posted.

PEACE.

Are You Wasting Time at Work?

Recent studies are proving what I’ve been saying the past ten years: the biggest time management mistake you make is not realizing how much time you waste. Instead of getting some real work done, here’s what’s happening.

Sporting News just revealed the results of a study about the possibility that sports is contributing to a decline in office productivity. [Among heavy enthusiasts, 45% either agreed completely or mostly with the statement “they probably spend too much time at work reading or thinking about sports,” while 74% indicated “they often talk about last night’s game with co-workers.” If their team is playing a late game, 79% of heavy enthusiasts said they will “stay up to watch it” and 67% indicated they regularly check sports web sites during the workday.] Now here is the kicker! Heavy sports enthusiasts spend on average over 31 hours a week following sports.

This is absolutely ridiculous. If you have achieved every goal you’ve set for yourself and have retired to live out the rest of your life doing absolutely nothing, then OK. But if you haven’t, let me be clear. You are spending 31 hours a week of your precious and limited time on this earth watching people who, early-on, set goals for themselves and struck out to live their dreams.
What have you done for yourself lately? Taken any classes lately?

There’s more.

In a personal productivity study of 38,000 people in 200 countries, Microsoft found that one third of employees’ time is spent unproductively.

According to a survey by America Online and Salary.com, the average worker admits to wasting at least 2.09 hours per 8-hour workday. And can you believe that Salary.com calculated that employers spend $759 billion per year on salaries for which real work was expected, but not actually performed.

What are People Doing Instead of Working?

The list of what people are doing instead of working is not a surprise and includes: personal Internet use, socializing with co-workers about sports and more, personal phone calls, instant messaging, running personal errands, planning personal events, running side businesses (on the cell phone), and more.

Another study found that 25% of the US work force reads blogs during business hours, and 75% of those blogs have absolutely nothing to do with work. In fact, the average amount of time people spend reading blogs during the week is 3.5 hours (you can read my blog because it’s about business and working smarter).

Years ago, studies proved that disorganization costs workers one to two hours a day…time lost from digging through piles looking for something. If you add the time it takes to backtrack to get something you forgot, helping other people find what they need, and looking for files on your computer, add another hour or two.

On the Other Hand
According to a study conducted by Life magazine, close to half of Americans (46%) take work home with them. Another study showed how email overload made people work an extra hour a day, either at work or when they get home.

This is crazy. On the one hand, you’re wasting time. Then on the other, you’re eating into your family time. Going forward this year, make a commitment to reduce the hours you spend at the office and reduce the amount of work you take home.

I understand that you’ll have to handle some personal business during the workday, but just don’t let it consume too much time. Make the commitment to put in a good, solid day’s work, stay focused on what’s important, and figure out ways to work smarter. You’ll get more done, and I guarantee you’ll be happier.

P.S. Use the calculator in the right sidebar to determine how much free time you have after doing all the things that MUST be done.

PEACE.

Peggy Duncan, personal productivity expert