How do you stay productive?

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I recently blogged about staying productive at work (http://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/itke-community-blog/?p=711) but am curious as to your tips and advice. I'll start off the answer with some tips other people have provided, but please feel free to add ideas or tips you've picked up over the years! Thanks and have a great weekend, Michael

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<b>1. Trust your subordinates.</b> As Yusuf Salwati reminds us, just because you can do everything doesn’t mean you should. He advises executives hire a skilled personal assistant to screen e-mails and phone calls, make travel arrangements and keep you organized. But even if you don’t have the money or position for a personal assistant, it’s important to trust others to do their job, even if they’re doing it differently than you would.
<b>2. Collaborate smarter. </b>Karen Guglielmo noted that not finding information costs companies $3,300 per year per employee! The problem isn’t too much data, it’s not having the right data in the right place at the right time. And if you don’t believe IDC’s data, Eric Golden, CEO of Equipios, said his company has saved $65,000 savings in recurring costs by better tapping into collaborative tools.
<b>3. Results first. </b>Don’t forget what you, or your company, are there for. As Caroline Hunter reported, last year’s Usenix conference attendees were in an uproar over shoddily thought-out “productivity” tools. One worker complained he “had to take five hours to complete a report, then include those five hours in the report,” Hunter wrote.
<b>4. It’s about time. </b>Peter Radizeski suggested a timer, a simple tool Google uses to keep meetings on track. Jonathan Lieberman and Yaw Etse had similar thoughts, suggesting reading The Four-Hour Work Week for advice on cutting out pointless meetings and mindless distractions while pursuing your goals — without annoying the rest of your company. Julie Geng had similar thoughts, suggesting users unplug from the Internet to stay focused. Meanwhile, Eric Anderson suggests shifting your work to the most productive hours (in his case, the evening).

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  • carlosdl
    "unplug from the Internet to stay focused". This is a good one. When I really need to be completely focused on something, I need to forget about web e-mails and forums.
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  • Technochic
    Also, if there is a slow time, I start reviewing recently released documents on systems I support so I know about updates available before my boss does.
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  • Shilpa Venkateshwaran
    Planning is an important part of staying prodcutive. We should plan for things that we know we have to do, we also have to plan for unplanned stuff. Being prepared is winning half the battle and will help us being productive.
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