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Get more done in less time. Use this personal productivity guide to be more effective at work and everywhere else.From the author:“Consistently high personal productivity is something we all aspire to have, proving to assist in various corporate processes and capabilities. Personal productivity can be worked on through the exercise of different personal admin skills, such as time mamangement and attention to detail. If you have been looking for an easy-to-complete course that is also easy to deploy, look no further than this personal productivity training course. The course works to enhance existing skills and to introduce new ones for the optimal outcome for each individual learner. The course objectives include to instill useful skills and expertise in employees to be performed on-the-job. ”
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“How did it get so late so soon?” ― Dr. Seuss
When working In retail, no two days are the same. With so many tasks responsibilities and people around, it can sometimes be challenging to get things done.
Practicing time management skills can help you manage your overcrowded schedule better and finish your tasks on time.
If you search online for the best time management tip, you will probably come up with some great advice such as: Write To-do lists Use Time Blocking Wake up early Get more sleep Do the tasks you hate first Do the tasks you like first Do the hard tasks first Do the easy tasks first And many more. All these are great, but in order to choose the best one for you, you must consider some factors such as: the nature of your current job, the people around you, and of course, your personal preferences.
The first step in becoming great at time management, is simply learning which tools suit you best.
In the next few days, take the time to learn about yourself and reflect on your work style.
And don't hesitate to ask others. Sometimes our close friends, family or colleagues can see parts we may be unaware of and be open to their feedback.
Here are some tips that will help you practice single tasking!
Set realistic daily goals for each day and prioritize. By the end of each day, take 5 minutes to write your goals for tomorrow. This goals list should go along with your general to-do list, but with a micro focus on the tasks that you’re hoping to accomplish by the time you leave your store the next day.
Know your store’s peak times and work accordingly. You wouldn’t want to schedule huge or long tasks such as organizing window display during the busy hours. Figuring out these peak times will give you a better sense of how to build your schedule.
Control your attention and focus. To improve the quality of the workday, you need to limit your focus to one task at a time and actively kill all distractions. Quick Tip: Even your thoughts can be destructive. If you are doing something now, don't think about your next task. Stay present.
Use your commute to recharge Your commute time is the perfect time to clean your thoughts and get ready for the day. Quick Tip: Try to listen to upbeat music that inspires you and gets your blood pumping.
And once again control your distractions! If you find it too hard to kill your distractions completely, try making them work for you. One way to do it is by scheduling distractions during your breaks and using them as a reward for good work.
The Wonderful World Of Detail
Even if you are not into basketball, you probably heard the name: Steph Curry, the greatest shooter in NBA history. Curry had an endorsement deal with Nike since he entered the NBA. In 2013, when the contract was up for renewal, Steph and his father Dell, a former NBA player, gathered with the Nike team to talk about a new deal.
But something in this pitch meeting went wrong: The meeting, according to Steph’s dad, kicked off with one Nike official accidentally called Stephen “Steph-on”. Then, in the PowerPoint presentation, the team presented a slide featured Kevin Durant’s name instead of Steph’s. That moment Nike lost Steph and his father's attention.
How does the story end? A few weeks later Steph signed up with another basketball shoemaker you might have heard of – Under Armour. You may think that losing one athlete deal shouldn't be a big deal for a huge company like Nike. But back in 2013 sales of Curry's signature shoe were higher than sales of any Nike signature shoe except Jordan's. Nike lost Steph to Under Armour because of someone who missed some details.
Even if your everyday work doesn't include billion-dollar deals with NBA athletes, the retail world is full of details. Whether it is making sure the transaction was processed accurately, the right product has introduced to the right costumer, all items in the store are fully stocked, or merchandises on display are laid out correctly, there is no room for mistakes.
4 things you can start doing right now to become more detail-oriented
In your next shift, try to apply at least one tip form this lesson and see if it makes any change. No matter if you consider yourself a beginner, intermediate or advanced, there is always room for improvement. Before your next shift, try to apply at least one tip form this lesson and see if it makes any change. Good Luck!