Creating a Productive Workspace

If you find yourself too often feeling stressed, overwhelmed, bored, unmotivated, frustrated, etc. at work, perhaps your environment is reinforcing is these negative states. Take those feelings as a signal to make some changes and create a more balanced and comfortable work area for yourself. A few simple changes you make today can serve you for years to come.

And don’t just read about it, think about it, or talk about Creating a Productive Workspace . Go do it! You’ll be glad you did.

Job Search Tip : How to Answer The Interview Question “Tell Me About Your Self”

This is usually the first question that candidates get asked in an interview, and for some reason – they take it to mean that the hiring manager wants to listen to a 30 minute biography about their life.

We Dont.

Don’t spend too much time answering (1-2 minutes). Avoid details. Don’t ramble. Focus on your relevant skills and experiences.

Your job is to be on guard against the interviewer who gives you free rein.

Just touch on these four areas: Born and Raised, Education/Military Background, Work Experience, Current Situation.

Small Business Tip – Evaluate The Customer Experience

Evaluate your customer experience from initial contact  through delivery of their first purchase and support after that purchase.
  1.  How does it stack up to others with whom they do  business , either in your industry or outside of  it ?
  2. What  can you do to make the experience distinctive and thereby become the only choice that makes sense to your prospects and customers ?
  3. More important ,what are you doing now that you should abandon to allow you to improve the customer experience?

Productivity Tip of The Day – Stop Making Excuses

Take full responsibility of your life. Stop Making Excuses . When difficulties come up, don’t blame circumstances or others, but take full credit and responsibility for it and work harder. Don’t make excuses for why something won’t be possible. We create our own circumstances. Get into the habit of NOT making excuses. -> Have a diary with you and write down every excuse you catch yourself making for one month.

Awareness improves performance. Taking 100% responsibility = Acknowledging that I create everything in my life & don’t blame others.

Takeaway: Watch your thoughts and write down every excuse you make for 30 days

 

Use Time Limitations when Starting Your Business

You will be more creative as well as save time and money by limiting the time you put into starting your business.

Just ask economist Cyril Northcote Parkinson.

Parkinson’s Law dictates that a task will swell in (perceived) importance and complexity in  relation to the time allotted for its completion. It is the magic of the imminent deadline. If I give you 24 hours to complete a project, the time pressure forces you to focus on execution, and you have no choice but to do only the bare essentials.

You can’t really ask him. He is deceased.

Evaluate Your Current Business Model

Evaluate your current business model in the context of the following questions:

  1. What can your business do significantly better than others in the industry?
  2. Is there a way to leverage that to create an uncontested market space that your business can dominate?
  3. What do others in your industry do better than you?
  4. Does this analysis reveal any gaps or suggest any actions for you to take?