Lunchtime Links: Pencil Productivity and Leisure Into Your Schedule

The most effective tool for productivity may be a detailed schedule. Also: Do your employees resist change? Here's why and how to overcome it.

If you’re having trouble focusing on your work or you feel like you never have time for anything, your best approach may be to set the time aside before even starting a new project. Don’t forget to give yourself time to play.

Above all, when it comes to reaching peak creative performance, it’s all about experimenting to figure out what works best for you.

That, and more, in today’s Lunchtime Links:

Balance work and play: You know how you work, meaning you know where the cracks on the wall are when it comes to productivity and leisure. Amber Rae, a Fast Company contributor and Bold Academy team leader, thinks you need a “work, play, fit, push” schedule. The key to her routine: everything scheduled, even spontaneity. “Above all, when it comes to reaching peak creative performance, it’s all about experimenting to figure out what works best for you,” she writes. Do you have a schedule that boosts your productivity?

The downside of change: You’ve seen it happen before: You announce an ounce of change in your organization’s inner workings, and some on your staff squirm in fear. “Change easily draws out an individual’s fears. Individuals don’t just fear failure; they also fear what comes with failure: being laid off, missing out on a promotion, not getting a bonus… The list goes on,” Samuel Bacharach, director of Cornell’s Institute for Workplace Studies, writes on Inc.com. “It’s your job as a leader to be sympathetic to this fear and to set policies that will indulge mistakes during the transition.” How do you disarm these employees?

Becoming responsive: Does your nonprofit have a responsive-design website? According to a recent study, “at least 15 percent of all traffic to nonprofits’ websites now [comes from] mobile devices.” In this mobile-centric world, an organization that doesn’t have a responsive-design site could have a problem reaching its audience. Nonprofit Tech 2.0 rounded up seven responsively designed nonprofit sites to learn from. The list includes the African Wildlife Foundation and Water.org, among others.

What interesting reads have you found today? Let us know in your comments below.


Anita Ferrer

By Anita Ferrer

Anita Ferrer is a contributor to Associations Now. MORE

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