Lena Meynard, Author at Julie Desk
ProductivityTime Management

How to plan one’s agenda to be more productive

Whether your business is big or small or whether you’re an employee or an employer, keeping a tidy agenda is more important than ever to save time and in turn increase productivity.

“Man’s most prudent counselor is time.” Publilius Syrus

People who feel the hours slipping through their fingers all wish they could just stop time. But even if it feels like time is moving inexorably forward and work just keeps piling up, it's still possible to beat it by getting organized. Keeping an agenda (paper/digital) is essential to staying organized. You can plan tasks and have an overview of the things you have to take care of. Moreover, with an organized agenda, you can protect your busy mental space from the stress and uncertainty that comes with not being able to anticipate work.

ProductivityTime Management

Work Overload: Managing time with the Eisenhower Matrix

Most companies experience periods of increased activity, either punctually or recurrently. Even though the expression "work overload" is often associated with a negative connotation, it should be acknowledged that periods of work overload are an integral part of the natural work cycle. What matters the most is learning how to cope efficiently by optimizing time-management and productivity. The Eisenhower matrix appears to be an unavoidable tool to achieve this!

Work overload: first cause of stress

Although work overload can be the consequence of an increase in the company’s activity (each team member must redouble their efforts to effectively carry out the tasks attributed to them), it can also be a direct consequence of a decline in activity (the company is in crisis and all of its players have to work more with fewer resources).

These periods of work overload, often unavoidable, have a direct effect on the stress levels and, therefore, managers and employees' time management system. Studies have shown that work overload is one of the main sources of stress in the workplace.