Key Learnings from a Time Management Workshop: Who Should Be At The Meeting?

Posted by Emily Helm on Jul 15, 2015 10:01:47 AM

“Who needs to be here?” It’s not the usual way to start a meeting but maybe it should be. We have meetings for specific reasons. The people in the meeting should be there for specific reasons, too. When creating your attendee list, be judicious. In considering each potential invitee, ask yourself: what will this person add to the meeting, and what will the meeting add for him or her? In our work looking at meetings, time management and productivity for more than 15 years, we’ve consistently seen that meetings are most effective and productive – for everyone – when attendees match one (or more!) of five criteria.

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Key Learnings from a Time Management Workshop: How Long Is An Effective Email?

Posted by Lou Bergholz on Jul 8, 2015 8:00:00 AM

How long is an effective email? As short as it can be. That’s the short answer, and also the length of answer you should send your teammate if they asked this question in an email. If you can say it all in the subject line, do that. Otherwise, keep the body short, succinct, and clear.

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Key Learnings from a Time Management Workshop: 6 Reasons For a Meeting

Posted by Tracey Britton on Jul 5, 2015 11:40:00 PM

Glance at your schedule and chances are you’ll see at least one day consumed by meetings, back to back, with little to no break. Add up all that time and the average knowledge worker spends three years of his or her life in meetings. That’s too much. At Edgework Consulting, we’re passionate about productivity, and in our work across various sectors, we have consistently found six good reasons for hosting a meeting. When you’re looking ahead at your week, look carefully at each meeting and consider why you're having it. If you're the one calling the meeting, be thoughtful about how many people, and whom you're inviting  does everyone need to be there? If it's a ten person hour long meeting, that's a lot of company time. Check each meeting against the six criteria below. If doesn't match with any of them, it’s likely that everyone's time could be better spent.

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Key Learnings from a Time Management Workshop: Plan For Peak Energy

Posted by Brooke Baker on Jul 1, 2015 2:13:00 AM

What time of day are you most productive? Do you hit your stride first thing, ready to take on the world? Or late afternoon, do you find an extra gear? Whenever it is, get the most out of your day by capturing those times of peak energy to do the pieces of work that require your best input.

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Key Learnings from a Time Management Workshop: Google Apps for Work

Posted by Ash Wall on Jun 24, 2015 10:25:04 AM

For a long time, using Microsoft’s suite of products – Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc. – on a PC was how all organizations set up their knowledge workers. What we are seeing at Edgework Consulting is more organizations pivoting toward other options, including Google Apps for Work. Whether you’re new to Google’s line of products, only know them from the “personal” side, or are considering making a switch yourself, it’s good to know what to expect and why companies choose to move their work over to Google.

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Key Learnings from a Time Management Workshop: Managing Distractions

Posted by Emily Helm on Jun 4, 2015 10:21:40 AM

Edgework Consulting Time Management Workshop Manage Distractions

Getting work done at work is much harder than it should be. Your attention is precious and distractions are everywhere. So once you’ve arrived at the office, filled your coffee mug, shared your analysis of the Red Sox victory with your boss, and settled in at your desk, what can you do to manage distractions? At Edgework Consulting we’ve spent more than fifteen years looking at time management, and just how much distractions can drain your productivity. You may have had a firm plan for how you were going to tackle the sales reports today, but if the west coast office suddenly has a power outage and you need to monitor their accounts, or you get word that a storm surge threatens to flood your basement, those sales reports are all but forgotten.

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Key Learnings from a Time Management Workshop: 5 Keys to Effective Email

Posted by Lou Bergholz on May 4, 2015 10:04:00 AM

Email is among the best and worst things that has happened to productivity in the workplace. It makes it so easy to communicate a message and at the same time, it makes it so easy that we can send an email when a face-to-face conversation, instant message, phone call, or even not saying anything, might be better. Email can flood our inboxes to the point of diminishing returns – where we have so many emails the most appealing thing is to read none of them.

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