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Though not often mentioned, improving personal productivity can go a long way toward getting you out of the office on time and achieving better work-life balance. From a technological perspective, what are some ways we can enhance productivity in the modern workspace?
Your E-mail Isn't Your Work
Have you ever spent an hour (or more) to finally clear all your e-mails, only to realize that you've actually not done any work for the day yet? I've come to realize that e-mail isn't really work, but simply a communication medium much like the phone or fax machine.
There is a lot more to say about this that I don't have the space for here, but I have a simple recommendation: Instead of trying to clear all your e-mails in the mornings -- or every time a new message comes in -- just scan through the headlines and respond to the crucial and time-sensitive ones first.
The rest can be cleared throughout the day in between various work tasks. Instead of walking to the cooler -- or drifting over to some social-networking sites -- go to your e-mail inbox and zap another dozen. Rinse, repeat and get all of them cleared before you leave the office for the day.
Use the Right Peripherals
I've always been a fan of using the right tools to get the job done. Faulty keyboards, slow computers - they irk me no end. Of course, this can be a huge topic in itself, which is why I've specially put together a list of Eight Must-Have Peripherals to Enhance Productivity for tech hardware that you will want at arm's-length of your workstation.
Do have a look at it, and let me know what you think.
Use the Right Software
I compiled a list of software that I use in a blog post earlier this year. Many of these are small and free utilities that have helped me in my work as a tech writer and journalist. While your needs will definitely vary, you might want to check it out and see if some of the software that I have installed will be of any use to you.
In my view, software tools can either help waste or save time. And, of course, any time saved is efficiency gained.
I hope that this blog has proved useful to you. Feel free to add to the comments below if you have additional tips to add to my list.