Saturday, 23 April 2011

The Pomodoro Technique

I came across this variation of an established time managment technique recently.

Select a task.  Set a timer (the pomodoro) for 25 minutes  When it rings, stop and rest for 5 minutes.

Select another task and repeat. Everty 4 pomodoros, take a longer break.

You will find you get more done!

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Saturday, 16 April 2011

Drive Time

How many of your workers have long commutes?

How many of those same workers have company laptops or netbooks?

How many of them could do useful work if they did have one?

If those answers work out for you, you then have to think through a strategy that will get them to do (some of) that useful work ... perhaps in return for having the laptop the rest of the time for personal use.

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Conserve Energy

We are all being urged to conserve energy - to insulate our homes, use less power, use more fuel-efficient devices, etc.

Now, think about your workplace. Lots of energy being used up ... I don't mean the power and heating ... I mean the workforce themselves.

How much of that energy could be saved if we just planned things better? ... or executed better?

That energy costs you money .. you'd better see how you can save some of it!

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Its not rocket science

For many small businesses, labour is the primary cost.

If we want to make our labour more productive, we have to do one of two things.

1. Cut the number of people we employ.
2. Get more output from the people we do employ.

Assuming you don't want to ... or can't because of contractual reasons - choose the first option, you have to do the second.

So what are you doing to get more from your people. Training them? Giving them better equipment? Changing what they do? Changing how they do what they do? Motivating them?

None of these ... then you're in trouble!