Get More Done In or Out of the Office

To get more done, first know what it would take and look like if you were more productive. Then build measuring tools to know what changes to make.

By Jason W. Womack, MEd, MA

You’ve no doubt heard of ROWE (Results Only Work Environment). For many people, this has meant they can work from anywhere. As long as they get their work done, it’s OK to not come into the office.

Recently, Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer—well known in Silicon Valley for making changes based on facts—decided to make a change that required more Yahoo! employees to come into the office. She based this change on the metrics: how often and when people “log in” and how productive they are while away from the office.

This will be a drastic change for those who are used to not having to be in the office every day. It also brings up an important question: How can we sustain productivity and/or lead others to be more effective and efficient during the workday? Here are two ways to get more done in or away from the office.

  1. Know when you’re at your best. Make a list of the three to five things you could do each day (by 10 a.m.) that will help you to be more productive. For a checklist to use the first hour of the day, visit: wmck.co/firsthourchecklist
  2. Clarify your “Ideal Day.” Describe, in 300 to 400 words, the kind of day you’d like to have. Of course, write different Ideal Days: at work, on the weekend, on vacation, with clients, etc.

To get more done, first know what it would take and look like if you were more productive. Then build measuring tools to know what changes to make.

For more information, visit www.womackcompany.com, or http://www.twitter.com/jasonwomack  or e-mail Jason@WomackCompany.com.

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