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The right tools to automate your professional tasks

Thankless, repetitive tasks can make you lose motivation at work. When you’re unable to concentrate on what really matters, it’s normal to feel like you’re losing valuable time. Here are some tools to automate some of those repetitive work tasks!

Automating tasks : a major challenge for employers and employees alike

A study published this year by ServiceNow revealed that 1 in 2 French companies need a higher level of automation to cope with the volume of tasks generated from now until 2018. According to the study, this percentage will reach 86% by 2020.

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How to Manage a Manager’s Agenda

Whether he works in a startup or an SME, a manager rarely has a moment to himself. To accomplish everything his job requires, he’ll need to manage his time in a smart way. Here are a few solutions to help manage a manager’s agenda more efficiently.

The Key Role of an Assistant

An article published in LesEchos Business (in French) entitled: “Manager's assistant, a strategic asset for a company," argued that polyvalent assistants “contribute enormously to the productivity of employers and to a company’s organization.” The job has certainly evolved in the last few decades! 80% of assistants surveyed by the French group Cegos observatory in 2015 believed their job was essential to their company.

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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.

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Tips to balance your personal and professional life

In a competitive job market, showing one’s complete and entire dedication to the job is considered the key to staying on top. In fact, it is often thought that working a few extra hours is the way to move up the corporate ladder, even if that means putting one’s personal life on hold. Slowly, but surely, the one takes over the other to the detriment of any real work-life balance.

So what are the pitfalls of such a problem and how do we solve them? Here are a few useful tips to maintain a balance between one’s personal and one’s professional goals.

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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.

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Procrastination: Harmful or necessary?

“Question: What is a procrastinator’s busiest day? Answer: Tomorrow.” 

At one point or another in life, despite our good intentions, we all face procrastination. This voluntary act of constantly postponing a task has been around since the beginning of civilization and most people know the feeling of pulling an all-nighter to finish a piece of work due the next day.

Maybe you are even procrastinating right now while reading this article (but that’s okay, we are happy to have your attention ;-) ).

The reasons behind procrastination

To understand the science behind procrastination, it helps to think about the self. Reality is, when a person procrastinates, they think about their present self and their future self. The present self is the one faced with the task but a procrastinator attributes the said task to the future self because of its non-urgency.