Your team’s level of productivity is largely affected by their mindset. If their motivation begins to wane, it can be difficult for them to give it their all, even when they know the importance. Get your team truly engaged, rather than performing their job out of obligation or fear of discipline – check out these three productivity quotes to share with your team next meeting to improve their day:
“Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all.” Peter Drucker
Time is often wasted on inefficient or outdated tasks or processes. Your employees may do things simply because they always have or because they’re afraid to speak up. Use this opportunity to communicate to your team that you’re open to feedback about tasks, processes, or circumstances that are affecting their productivity. They’ll know they can come to you and you can offer advice or even eliminate time-wasting activities.
“Being busy does not always mean real work. The object of all work is production or accomplishment and to either of these ends there must be forethought, system, planning, intelligence, and honest purpose, as well as perspiration. Seeming to do is not doing.” Thomas A. Edison
Getting things done isn’t necessarily the same as being productive. In fact, your employees could be constantly putting forth effort but not seeing real results because they are wasting time on less valuable tasks. Emphasize the importance of prioritizing tasks and focusing on the high value ones first, so your employees get more accomplished.
“Happen to things, don’t let things happen to you.” Stephen Covey
The most productive people are the ones who take control of their schedules, and their To Do lists. They are in control and make deliberate decisions on how to spend their time, instead of reacting to things that come their way (such as answering all emails as they come in or always handling requests in the order they receive them rather than by level of importance). Encourage your employees to narrow down their top two or three goals each day, and make those their main priorities – even if it means delaying reacting to other things until a better time.
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