The blog, titled “Close the Loop: Reduce Inefficiencies,”
“Start with precision communication that cuts down on unproductive “noise,” like hedging and passive language,” Stack says. “Get right to the point and ask for acknowledgement on everything.
“If you don’t completely understand what someone asks of you, keep asking questions until you do.”
The trick is to not give up if the person you’re questioning gets impatient, since the point is to avoid wasting time by doing the wrong thing and over-delivering. It’s not an easy step to embrace, but it gets easier over time, especially when your coworkers get to know that you operate for maximum efficiency.
Another of Stack’s recurring themes involves eliminating impediments to workflow caused by micromanagers – a management style Stack says is ineffective and disruptive to productivity.
“No amount of productivity training and time management finesse can save you from a micromanager’
“Otherwise, find ways to work around them—or find a job elsewhere!”
Undoing old, unproductive behaviors is the goal of Stack’s blog, a process that takes a real commitment, but one that pays off. Addressing whatever obstacles interfere with your personal productivity, and fixing those that can be fixed, are critical steps to reaching full performance potential both in the workplace and in private life. Teamwork is critical to success, Stack says, for everyone involved. The reader must be willing to ensure stability by establishing contingency plans to handle crises and other emergencies, such as unexpected absences. Workers must also help their team develop goals, set and achieve milestones, and reach deadlines.
For more information on reducing inefficiencies to improve productivity, visit TheProductivityPro.com website, Email Laura@TheProductivityPro.com, or call 303-471-7401.
About Laura Stack:
Laura Stack is a time management and productivity expert who has been speaking and writing about human potential and peak performance since 1992. She has implemented employee productivity improvement programs at Wal-Mart, Cisco Systems, UBS, Aramark, and Bank of America. Stack presents keynotes and seminars internationally for leaders, entrepreneurs, salespeople, and professional services firms on improving output, lowering stress, and saving time in the workplace.
The president of The Productivity Pro®, Inc., a time management firm specializing in high-stress environments, Stack is the bestselling author of five books: “What to do When There’s Too Much to do” (2012); “SuperCompetent”