Productivity

Do You Care About Your Career?

I was going through some picture files on my phone and found one I had taken of a magazine article from a Self magazine entitled “The New Ambition”. Not sure why I kept it. Well, maybe I do. It is because I like asking participants to think about whether their careers are fulfilling and whether they feel great about it at the end of a week. I think if all is right with oneself, then being happy, creative and productive at work is less of a chore.

How I got into my original career in hotels was quite by accident. Or maybe not. A very good family friend had been appointed Director of Tourism. My father and I were watching the news when the announcement came on and he said to me “maybe that’s what you want to do.” I had been meandering through school, and was in the process of repeating Lower Sixth form. I told him “ok” and set about completing the necessary paperwork when the time came. Apparently, I used to like to cook and even wrote out menu cards which my mother – the family archivist – has kept to this day. 

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The Unofficial Smartsheet Guide To Being A Project Manager

I haven’t done Project Management certification, however, from many years working on Conferences, I am realizing that I learnt many project management skills there. Recently, I have been exploring technology tools to see which are useful and can be recommended to clients. Smartsheet was recommended by a friend who works in Project Management.

They have a really good unofficial guide to being a good project manager. Note what is number 1!

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The Unofficial Smartsheet Guide to Being a Project Manager | An infographic by the team at Smartsheet

Techy Learning

Learning is a good thing, especially when you do it by trial and error. There is a sense of accomplishment in figuring out something on your own, just by using all the resources available, including the brain.

Since 2012, I have made a concerted effort to do away with the old way of doing things and only sticking to what I knew and was comfortable with. The first time I saw a friend with an iPad, I ‘pffffed’ at their need to ‘follow fashion,’ as Jamaicans would say. I then remember being with another friend one day and she took out her iPad to show me some pictures. I got a close up view of the gadget. A trip to New York later that year saw me heading to THE Apple store soon after arriving. Expensive, yes, but it has been well worth it. 

That was the significant event which led to other tech-type developments such as the creation of this website after going to a Bootcamp to learn how to do the basics and get the hosting set up.

Applying this new found technology interest to my professional life, I started to explore various tools that could be used to help employees work more efficiently. The latest search is for a collaboration tool which does not cost any money. Who doesn’t like free things?

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Increasing Productivity, Motivation and Engagement

All companies want to get the most out of their employees. That means ensuring employees want to be at work, fully committed and operating at maximum capacity. This article gives some tips from Yves Morieux’s Ted Talk. His theme is simplification, which resonates with me. Watch the original speech.