WORLD EXECUTIVES DIGEST | Tech to Help Make Work Life Easier | It’s natural to take pride in one’s work. But part of that should always involve creativity. It’s not enough to simply go in to work and mentally check out for the day. If you really care about your job than you care about your overall performance. And part of that involves finding ways to maximize your overall efficiency with the latest technology.
It’s not just about the number of hours
There’s a rising trend in our culture where people boast about the raw number of hours they spend at work. This tends to be a phenomenon most popular with the younger generation. But you can be sure that old timers are hardly immune to this sentiment.
And it’s a fundamentally flawed idea. Otherwise a timesheet would be what people looked at rather than the end result of a day’s work. The number of hours you spend at work only matters if everyone is working at a consistent pace. And that’s not how humans behave.
We all have different strengths when applied to different tasks. And we tend to get tired out over a longer period of time. Our performance two hours in at work is almost always better than if we were there twelve hours. And this is where technology can make a big difference. It can help us work more efficiently so that we’re getting the most out of the time we’re at work.
Manage your time and manage your mind
You might be familiar with mind mapping. It’s a method by which people chart out their general thought process. It’s often useful for planning out creative endeavors. This can sometimes prove quite useful when working on productivity at work.
But you should also consider employee time tracking. This can be seen as a combination of mind mapping and time management. One of the main hooks of time tracking comes from how well it fits into a computational model. It helps to not only organize, but also manage additional business aspects of any given task.
For example, consider the case of someone who charges differently depending on the task. His time management software might serve as a basic guide during the day. It can tell him both what he needs to do and what’s already finished up. And at the end of the day it could even generate invoices or total up where his efforts went.
Make use of the cloud
Cloud based software has come a long way over the past decade. It wasn’t too long ago that the cloud was mainly used to make up for the low power of standard computers. These days the cloud serves as a massive infrastructure that can store files, run productivity software and generally help in almost any task a standard computing platform might support.
The one big difference is portability. The cloud can help you maximize your productivity by working with almost any device you own in almost any location. When you store your work on the cloud you can often even work on it while standing in line or doing household chores. This helps ensure that you’re ready if inspiration strikes at an unexpected time.
Real time chat
You might be surprised by how much time people spend walking over to various desks, offices or workstations. A company wide real-time chat system can help employees get the most out of their work day. Instead of spending ten minutes tracking someone down it could quite possibly be done in seconds over chat. Ten minutes isn’t much in and of itself. But imagine how much time that is when multiplied over decades of work in a company.
Putting everything together
It’s important to remember that none of these ideas are exclove. You can, and often should, try to mix as many together as possible. Often times this will multiply your overall benefit instead of just add to the existing base.