Productivity

We all encounter procrastination in our working lives. It’s a completely normal and human experience, albeit frustrating at times. First things first, the best action you can take is to give yourself a break from feeling guilty. We can then move on to using the DUST tool to identify why you’re stuck in procrastination mode,
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On this episode, we chat about motivation, and how to find more of it. Topics covered include: The different theories of motivation Approach vs. avoidance-based motivation The need for achievement, and incentives for success Keeping a “resistance list” Discovering the opposite of procrastination Finding motivation through what we value Links mentioned in this episode: You
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Takeaway: There are 10 categories or types of basic values. Those values, along with some curious findings from the research—about what values are, what values we share, and how our individual values differ—are below. I’ve bolded the main ideas in case you want to skim! Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes, 42s. Personal values are often
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If you haven’t heard about the anti-work movement yet, you likely will soon. Here’s a primer: It is indeed (albeit loosely organized) a movement, coalesced on a discussion thread on Reddit, Anti-work: Unemployment for all, not just the rich!. The movement’s founder, Doreen Ford, describes anti-work as a radical leftist movement; its philosophical foundation is
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Takeaway: We can be busy both in the moment and overall. The key is to minimize how busy we are in any one moment while also taking on valuable and meaningful sources of busyness the rest of the time. Estimated Reading Time: 1 minutes, 39s. Busyness gets a bad rap in productivity circles, and often
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On this episode, we dig deep into the power of time blocking. Topics covered include: What “time blocking” is; The “working spheres” we occupy; The importance of time blocking when you have a lot of work; Why we should time block; How time blocking helps us work with greater intention; How we time block time
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One of the many areas of work life that was significantly disrupted in early 2020 was the way new employees were onboarded into organizations. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, on-site workers needed to be brought on in a safe, socially distanced way. Other new workers who would be remote—whether initially or indefinitely—needed onboarding in a radically
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On this episode, we chat about how to work with greater intention throughout the day. Topics covered include: How intention lets us align our actions to what’s important and meaningful; The “Eisenhower Matrix” of importance and urgency; Revising the “Rule of 3” The hourly awareness chime; How to realign your focus to your intentions throughout
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This popular article, authored by Michaela Corning, was originally published by i4cp in 2009 and updated in 2022. It’s that time of (the lunar) year again. The holy month of Ramadan began recently and as in previous years, i4cp has seen an uptick in the number of companies accessing our previously published articles on productivity and
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On this episode, we chat about how to define productivity—and how what productivity means has changed over time, especially with the advent of knowledge work. Topics covered include: The misconceptions we have about productivity; How time management is less important than it used to be; How the productivity landscape has shifted; How most productivity advice
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A recent Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) study on HR Capability and Design asked this question of senior-ranking HR leaders representing 122 large organizations (those with more than 1,000 employees): “What are the most significant barriers to your HR function’s ability to deliver on the organization’s strategic imperatives/objectives?” The top response (60%) was overload or
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Employers worldwide have mobilized to get employees and their families out of Russia and Ukraine according to the results of a new survey of nearly 200 business leaders by the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp). Of those surveyed from larger organizations (those employing >1,000) who reported that they have employees and/or operations in Ukraine and Russia (we asked
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On this episode, we chat about how to embrace—and even enjoy!—change. Topics covered include: How expectations influence our relationship with change; The relationship between catastrophizing and change; How change affects the “learning loop” in our mind; The relationship between dopamine and change; Developing strategically low expectations; Focusing on what we can control (and giving up
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Organizations large and small face challenging and potentially life-saving situations tied to the Russia-Ukraine War, including ensuring the physical safety of employees in the region, managing compensation for Ukranian and Russian employees in unstable markets, and supporting the well-being of affected employees regardless of their locations. We are conducting weekly flash calls for HR leaders
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Nearly every aspect of our lives can be hyper-personalized today. Personalization isn’t new, but over the past few years, we’ve become increasingly accustomed to having technology deliver what we want in ever more precise ways. From the beginnings of personal branding via social media handles and personal online channels, to the optimization of choice in
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What is the Weekly Review? A weekly review is that thing that keeps you on track as a Productivity Ninja. It’s where you check that your second brain (your sophisticated to-do list) is updated and still serving you well. It’s where you look forward and back at your commitments to see where you need to
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Dawn Klinghoffer, Vice President of HR Business Insights at Microsoft, will speak at the i4cp 2022 Next Practices Now Conference (both in-person and virtually) about how the revered company is helping its employees achieve work/life balance in a hybrid world, using data-backed tips and technology innovations. In this brief interview, she sheds some light on
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Flexibility is ranked as a leading driver of talent attraction and retention, yet only 33% of large organizations consider employee input when determining where work is performed, according to a new global study by the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp). Only 25% of organizations surveyed for the study take employee feedback into account to decide
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“You can’t make Oreos at home; people have to go to work in manufacturing facilities.” This observation by Brooke Finlayson, chief learning officer of Mondelez International—the multinational food and beverage firm that makes the iconic cookies and has subsidiaries including many globally popular brands such as Nabisco, Cadbury, and others—succinctly speaks to a critical challenge
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The events of 2020-21 helped to normalize attending and conducting meetings and training online for many workers. Things are changing again, as many employees who had shifted to remote work have started to return to offices, albeit often intermittently—with starts and stops and starts again, due to safety concerns about the Delta and Omicron variants
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We often talk about the future of work like it is some distant idea, but the future of work is now. In advance of her presentation at the i4cp 2022 Next Practices Now Conference (March 14 – 17, 2022), Jacqui Canney, Chief People Officer at ServiceNow, shared her perspective on a variety of topics, including
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On this episode, we chat about the “Rule of 3”—my all-time favorite prioritizationstrategy. Topics covered include: What the “rule of 3” is; How our brain is wired to think in threes; How to prioritize what you have going on in an agile way; The benefits and drawbacks to daily prioritization; The importance of awareness when
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