It’s the Little Things

its the little things that make you productiveI am repeatedly reminded that in most situations it’s the little things that make the difference. Being more productive is no different. I have compiled quite a list of ‘little things’ that can make us more productive and today I thought I would share some of the pointers on that list.

Email is always a time user and there are a number of articles on how to do this better. 9 Healthy Habits to Manage Your Email Overload being one of them. But for a ‘little thing’ that works try the Barbara Hemphill FAT method; File, Act or Trash. If you need the email for reference file it, if it needs to be acted on and you can do it in less than 2 minutes do it, if it takes longer add it to a list, finally trash everything else. I know from personal experience having an empty inbox is a great place to be in terms of productivity.

Another of those little things: Write everything down. David Allen says “Use your head to have ideas not to hold them”. Great advice. Science says you need to deal with things or else they take up memory space. (see The Value of Focus) One of the ways to do this is to write things down.

Business Insider recently did an article where they asked 6 companies for tips on how to be more productive with technology. The companies included; Brother, Dell, Epson, HP, Local, and Research in Motion (RIM).  Most of the tips were backed up with justification and made sense. For example using all-in-one printer/fax/scanner units to maximize both cost and space or using a printer that allows printing on both sides of the page and a draft mode for internal documents.  As the Product Manager at Epson says, it’s the little things that can have the biggest impact.

Now here is an interesting twist on being more productive. Machen MacDonald suggests in the Business News section on that you only need to ‘Follow your bliss to more productivity’. Basically MacDonald suggests you need to get out of your own way and be your authentic self. This is not usually on the list of productivity tools but well worth the read.

Productivity is a measure of how much – work, time, effort, money, or energy – you have to put into something to get the desired outcome. For more tips and tools on how to get more productive please visit Blue Collar Consulting Inc. at


About Janet, doing it better.

I grew up and still reside in Northern Alberta. While I have numerous interests I am passionate about the Peace River region, its innovation, its people, and the creative spirit that envelopes us all.

Posted on February 29, 2012, in performance management, productivity, productivity tools and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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