How can we measure productivity?

Listen on Spotify. Have you ever really thought about measuring efficiency? I hadn’t either. Until I discovered that the word productivity comes from the field of agriculture. My curiosity thus piqued, I began to investigate. Let’s answer the question.   There are many different ways to gauge productivity. Some organisations take a quantitative or number-basedContinue reading “How can we measure productivity?”

What is the difference between work performance and productivity?

Listen on Spotify. The shift to remote working prompted by the Covid-19 pandemic brought about a reassessment of productivity. This became vital with the advent of the pandemic and naturally enough, questions about how it’s measured arose. I decided to investigate what separates work performance from productivity. Without further ado, let’s answer the question. PerformanceContinue reading “What is the difference between work performance and productivity?”

How can Zapier help boost my efficiency?

Listen on Spotify. Do you need software that works like magic and helps your business run like clockwork? Don’t have time to learn coding yourself? Never fear, Zapier is here. Let’s answer the question. Using powerful, often simple, Zaps with this superb automation software allows you to streamline some of your work processes. It meansContinue reading “How can Zapier help boost my efficiency?”

3 giants of project management software: How can they increase productivity?

Listen on Spotify. Finding ways to maximise our personal and collective efficiency is imperative in business. That’s old news to most of us, right?  But there has been a shift in focus from individual efficiency to team productivity — a shift evidenced by many companies concentrating on re-skilling employees — thus, the demand for goodContinue reading “3 giants of project management software: How can they increase productivity?”

Why do notifications damage productivity?

Listen on Spotify. I’m sitting on my laptop with my phone beside me as I write. I’m sure it’s a setup familiar to most of you. If you’re like me, you’re always aware that the phone is there. When it buzzes or pings with some notification or message, I’m forever having to force myself toContinue reading “Why do notifications damage productivity?”

Should we focus on increasing individual productivity?

Listen on Spotify. It’s long been established that productivity is important. But as I sat writing something the other day, I realised I’d never stopped to ask myself why that’s the case. Or, indeed, whether focusing on individual productivity is the best way to gauge success. My curiosity was ignited. Let’s answer the question.  NotContinue reading “Should we focus on increasing individual productivity?”

How can having great user experience design improve efficiency?

Listen on Spotify. User experience (UX) has long been a bit of a mystery to me (even though I have a blog), but until now I’ve not investigated much despite it’s being everywhere.  Not anymore. UX is everywhere in business and it follows, at least to me, that it must be useful. My interest wasContinue reading “How can having great user experience design improve efficiency?”

10 ways Microsoft Office can boost individual productivity (and 5 ways it can boost team efficiency)

Listen on Spotify. If you’re like me, you use Microsoft Office every day. I have for years. But I’ve wondered if I use Office to its full potential. I investigated and found some really great tips which have helped me get more done. I thought I’d share with you so that you — and yourContinue reading “10 ways Microsoft Office can boost individual productivity (and 5 ways it can boost team efficiency)”

How can I stay motivated and boost my productivity?

Listen on Spotify. The alarm shrieks and it’s time to rise and face the day. If you’re like me, you need a few motivational songs to help get you going in the morning. But have you ever wondered how you could keep yourself motivated beyond the morning and thereby boost your productivity? I sure have.Continue reading “How can I stay motivated and boost my productivity?”

Can working in a coffee shop boost my productivity?

I bet we’ve all heard what JK Rowling said of beautiful Edinburgh when she accepted the award of the same name in 2008. She described the city as being “… the place where Harry evolved over seven books and many, many hours of writing in coffee shops.” Listen on Spotify. And it’s not just JKR.Continue reading “Can working in a coffee shop boost my productivity?”