The way you start your day often sets the tone for the remaining part.
Today, we are living in a heavily task-driven world. What you can accomplish
within eight-nine hours will determine whether you rise in the ranks or capture
a market segment.
Fortunately, these tips for what to do in the morning can help. They don't
just set the tone but they train your brain to work hard and stay in a zone of
super-productivity. There are many more but let us take a look at these few.
1. A checklist
Before you ever login at work or get coffee, think about a few things you
want to get done. Start prioritizing them before work even starts.
2. Pen down your entries.
Our brain needs written reminders. Productive people write in a journal in
the morning. Write down your priorities for the day and your big successes from
3. Self feedback.
Look over your notes and review the big challenges and the big wins;
remind yourself about why something hasn't worked or why you did such an
excellent job on a given task.
4. Plan it
Plan your long-term
goals but live in the moment. Set your daily goals to
kick-start the day with a bang. A productive day will automatically set the tune
for the week.
6. Pick that loophole once a week and work on it.
That’s right! You need to evaluate what’s not working today.
Pick one area that has been pending for long and is now becoming a hindrance to
your short-term or long-term planned projects. It can be anything such as
discussion with your management team, scheduling your social media posts, or
that long held internal meeting, and make some progress on that area of
7. Stay focused by managing distraction
Distractions can be overwhelming, mainly because we can't address all of
them. Stay resolute at work by managing distraction, drawing healthy boundaries,
andeliminating opportunities for
procrastination: Is it a phone that keeps buzzing? Constant on-demand work
requests? Office noise? Pick one thing and fix the problem. It helps you
concentrate and give you a sense of accomplishment and progress. Learning to
overcome them isone of the best
things you can do for yourself.
8. Give those few tasks the boot.
Every task is important on your to-do-list, though few of them require
your immediate consideration. Your ability to stay focused is a worthwhile
thing to cultivate and a criticalfactor
in your success.Getting things done
on time is imperative. Go ahead and jettison a few things that can wait. The
benefit is that it creates a renewed focus on the things you really need to do.
17. Your guilty pleasure is important
Self-motivation should be the way. So, each morning, pick something that
you really like—A nice read of your favourite blogger, ordering a new blend of
coffee, going for a run--and make a plan to partake. It helps you focus on the
now because you know there will be a reward later.
Retaining the “High Potential” talent in your organization
Monday, January 23, 2017
High potential employees are a hot commodity in today’s world of work. Are your
leaders doing everything they can to identify, challenge and retain the high
potentials in your organization?
High potentials are employees who demonstrate capability to be groomed into
future leaders. Research conducted by the Harvard Business Review shows high
potentials represent the top 3 to 5% of a company’s talent. But, the big
question that arises is that if High Potentials represent such a niche
population of the organization who are performing well and seem to at the top of
their game, why is it so difficult to retain the high potentials in India? A
recent study conducted reveals that 25% of employers in India– identified high
potential employees plan to leave their current companies within the year as
compared to 10% in 2006. This is quite alarming especially when combined with
the data that in India, 84% of these leave the organization within two years of
completing the in-house High Potential Development Program.
The war for talent is showing no signs of letting up even in sectors that are
experiencing significant growth. Even though organizations across the globe have
some form of leadership development program specifically catering to the high
potentials, translating them into action is much more difficult and remains a
challenge. Most firms have trouble keeping the top talent despite their large
investments in talent management programs. So why do they jump ship so soon?
High potentials are very hard to hold onto because they are in huge demand. If
one firm wants them, then so would their competitors. Employees consider
development programs as opportunities for professional growth; however they can
be a costly expense for the organization if the employees do not stay back with
the organization. The real cost of losing a High Potential employee is up to the
tune of 3 ½ times the employee’s annual compensation and that includes:
In order to keep the high potential employees around long enough for them to
reach their potential, organizations need to engage them in a different way.
They should be:
Given visibility and access –The
increased visibility through organizational initiatives and events translates
into more career opportunities, and a chance at furthering individual
development. High potentials should also be included in senior
level/cross-functional meetings where their opinions should be sought after more
Given special assignments and training –Special
assignments or high impact projects, participation in task force team and role
rotations should be considered frequently for the high potentials
Given higher and wider responsibilities –When
high potentials are provided more responsibilities it usually translates into
higher ownership. While it may seem that high potential employees are rewarded
with more work, the assignments bring along with them a wider scale of influence
and increased appreciation.
Recognizing high potential employees is necessary.While
you may have a slew of high performing workers, only a handful of them have the
particular set of skills and abilities to effectively lead a business or
organization. The bigger problem, however, is retaining these employees long
enough to transition them into company leadership roles. Because these employees
are such a hot commodity in the workplace, employers have to stimulate and
challenge them in order to maintain high engagement levels. Doing so helps to
reduce the dropout rate from high potential development programs and
subsequently, increasing the internal leadership success rate.
Are you looking to become more productive at work? Follow these tips to
eliminate productivity killers from your workday.
If you were to search the internet to learn how to become more productive in the
workplace, countless articles would appear in seconds. And if you searched for
productivity apps, the same thing would happen. In the age of information at
your fingertips, it is very easy to suffer from information overload. To
eliminate productivity killers, without becoming overwhelmed by the onslaught of
information, there are some simple steps you can take, and the best thing is,
these are the strategies that the most successful and highly accomplished people
Plan and organize your day:A common productivity and time
management tip is to plan your day the night before or first thing in the
morning. But creating a to-do list is not enough. To become more successful and
highly productive, you have to take it one step further. By scheduling your
activities, you are attaching a time to when you will complete tasks, so you are
likely to complete them. And it is also a good idea to work on your most
important tasks first. It is not a good idea to work on your easiest tasks first
because they are not necessarily the most important ones.
Have uninterrupted blocks of time to work:According to the New York Times,
“Gloria Mark of the University of California, Irvine, found that a typical
office worker gets only 11 minutes between each interruption, while it takes an
average of 25 minutes to return to the original task after an interruption.” In
a Fast Company article, the writer, Kermit Pattison, writes about the results of
a study on switching tasks, “We found about 82 percent of all interrupted work
is resumed on the same day. But here's the bad news — it takes an average of 23
minutes and 15 seconds to get back to the task.” Other studies report that it
takes up to 45 minutes to regain your focus after an interruption. Any
professional who expects to become successful and more productive, have to
schedule blocks of time where he or she can focus solely on work. Uninterrupted
blocks of time include turning off your phones and email.
Stop multitasking:This tip is related to the one above.
Many people believe that they can get more work done by working on more than one
task at a time. However, research studies show that multitasking does not work
because you do not perform any of the tasks well. In the article, “Multitasking
Can Damage Your Brain and Career, Studies Say”, Travis Bradbury, an author,
reports on a study that highlights the dangers of multitasking – it is also a
Limit the number of meetings you participate in:Most meetings are unnecessary, not
managed properly and ineffective, and often times, not everyone who attends a
meeting needs to be there. Before you attend a meeting, request the meeting
agenda, to help determine if you really need to attend. This John Cleese video,
Meeting, Bloody Meetings, describes many meetings. Attending too many meetings
is definitely a productivity killer.
Monitor the number of breaks you take:It is important to take breaks during
the day to recharge your batteries, so to speak. And it is unhelpful to
consistently work through your lunch break. But pay attention to how many
five-minute breaks you take during the day because they can quickly add up,
which is definitely a productivity killer. Deliberately build breaks into your
Surround yourself with highly productive and accomplished people:It’s often been said that you are the
sum total of the five people closest to you. When you surround yourself with
productive people, their attitudes and behaviors will rub off on you. This is
another productivity killer.
There are many wonderful and effective productivity apps, but if you eliminate
these productivity killers from your day, in no time, your productivity will
soar. At that time, you can add productivity tools to your toolkit.