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Making the Most of Your 8 Hours

Time quote from H Jackson BrownIf you could be convinced that it is in your best interests to be very productive at work then what could you do to be so productive?

WHY should you be your most productive?

  • It feels good.
  • It is how you get ahead.
  • If you have variable compensation it is how you earn more.
  • It is probably the only job security available in the modern workplace.
  • If you can be super productive in your 8 hours then you should not NEED to work longer … giving you more personal time.
  • You have to be here anyway, so why not be the best you can?

What can you do?

  • Drive your day as much as you possibly can … rather than being reactive to things that drive you.
  • Prioritise work and focus your efforts where the highest return is.
  • Be a planner … plan your day, your week, your month, your quarter and ultimatley your year!
  • Develop GOOD work habits.
  • Be VERY conscious of where you are spending your time … and focus the majority of your time on high return activity.
  • Minimise wasted time.
  • Look for ways to be more efficient.
  • Ask for advice.
  • Invest in yourself … training and development, both company sponsored and personally.

“I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.”  Golda Meir

There is a lot of self satisfaction from being good at your job.  I try to explain to people that the work you do every day is for you, not for your boss.  The skills you learn, and the experience you get stay with you for life, and position you for future success.  Your boss just gets the benefit of them as long as you are in that job.

As the slogan once said, “Be all that you can be.”

Kevin Dee is the founder and Chairman of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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