Work Smarter

Part 1

We all have things we’d like to change about our daily routines, whether it’s clearing out your inbox more consistently or getting more sleep each night. Sometimes it’s easier said than done – but by following certain techniques, you can make it more likely that your new habits will last!

1. Nothing has to be permanent

Of course, any good planning tool is designed to be added to, changed and easily removed if needed. Whether it’s a dry wipe noticeboard, pin board or chalkboard, designating an area of your wall to planning doesn’t mean committing it to only one project or team.

When choosing your tools, also remember that these products come in a huge variety of easy-to-use formats that you might not have thought about – for example, if you’re put off buying a dry-erase board because you know your facilities team don’t currently have time to mount it, why not try a Dry Erase Roll that simply unrolls and sticks wherever you need it?

2. You can use it to replace meeting time…

Be honest, how many meetings do you end up attending that are simply used to communicate the progress of a certain project? How many times have you wondered whether there was a better, more convenient way to keep a team updated (without clogging up everybody’s inbox?)

What about a team project board? Draw out your project timeline, then grab yourselves some Post-it notes in a variety of sizes and write up those deadlines and milestones in an easy-to-read format that your team can visually keep track of, every time they walk into the office. You could even implement a system of signing your name on the milestone you last moved – so everyone knows who to check in with if they need to confirm something!

Now you can free up team meeting time for more valuable discussions and exercises!

3. It can be a great motivational tool

We love using a visual reminder of targets to keep track of how we’re doing every month, and it really is a good way to keep everyone feeling fired up as a deadline approaches.

Why not put together a visual tool that your team would enjoy using together to hit regular milestones? For example, in our office we put together a little magnetised board that looks like a road, with a repositionable van that gets closer to a finish line every time we approach our monthly targets. It’s satisfying to watch it cross, and motivating to see how big the gap is as we approach the end of each month!

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4. It’s good to ditch the digital from time to time

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it many more times on this blog – it really is good to have an excuse to get up and away from your computer every now and again.

If every scrap of your team planning is done electronically, your team will be more glued to their screens. If you have a focal point in your office where people go to update timelines and scribble ideas, then your workforce are more active, collaborative and ultimately more productive!

We hope these arguments help you decide whether adding a physical planning tool to your office would be beneficial to your and your team. If you’re not sure which product would be best for you, get in touch with our friendly team who would be happy to help!

Have a great week!

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