Productivity Hacks

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Skills Cafe

About This Course

Today’s workforce operates in a highly dynamic and complex environment. Priorities can change frequently, and stakeholder conflicts can quickly snowball into issues that have a direct impact on efficiency, productivity, and customer-facing KPIs.

In this virtual simulation-driven workshop, participants will explore techniques to stay on top of everyday productivity challenges and get more done.

Pre-Workshop

A personal productivity and time management survey

Skill Drill 1: The Time Management Myth (30 minutes)

In this skill drill, we will explore the concept of Opportunity Cost and Sunk Cost Fallacy. We will apply these concepts to personal time and productivity management to radically redefine how we view these topics. Participants will also explore why time management is a myth and why executives should redirect their focus on:

  • managing impact
  • managing focus
  • managing energy 

Skill Drill 2: Productivity Hacks – Tools for Managing Impact and Focus (2.5 hours)

Managing impact is about prioritizing and choosing the tasks that have the maximum effect on your goals while ensuring that routine tasks do not pile up. The Japanese Kanban methodology is a framework that relies on simple techniques like visualizing the flow of work and reducing work-in-progress to dramatically improve everyday workplace productivity. 

In this experiential, simulation-driven workshop, participants explore the Kanban framework and apply it to day-to-day work. In this section, participants will:

  • Explore the Kanban framework
  • Understand the core principles of Kanban – visualizing the flow of work and reducing work-in-progress
  • Manage and maintain a personal Kanban board
  • Use applications and technology to manage individual and team Kanban boards
  • Identify simple rules to prioritize and reprioritize tasks 

Skill Drill 3: Tools for Managing Focus (30 minutes)

In this skill drill, we will explore the factors that stop us from achieving peak productivity. The session works through activities and exercises to identify the root causes and discuss strategies to mitigate their effect. We will cover the following pitfalls – distractions, multi-tasking, interruptions, and perfectionism. We learn techniques to give up multitasking and focus on Unitasking instead. 

In this section, participants will explore:

  • The myth of multitasking
  • Appreciate the importance of Unitasking
  • Apply practical tools for Unitasking, including the Pomodoro Technique and working in short sprints

Skill Drill 4: Tools for Managing Energy (30 minutes)

The human body requires energy restoration at frequent intervals to stay in-tune and perform at peak levels. In this skill drill, participants will discover the following tools to restore their energy at work:

  • Mindfulness
  • Meditation
  • Breathing techniques
  • Food and rest
  • Managing work stress
  • Managing work from home

Post-Workshop

  • 1 x post-workshop online, micro-simulation
  • Learning nudges on days 2, 5, 10, 15

Program Evaluation:

  • Post-workshop feedback
  • Post-workshop micro-simulation scores
  • Learner stories: short stories articulated by learners about finding real-world applications of the concepts taught during the workshop. These stories can be captured in the form of a blog or vlog.

Learning Objectives

Apply the concept of Opportunity Cost to personal time and productivity management
Avoid the sunk cost fallacy
Apply the Kanban methdology to personal time management
Apply effective strategies to manage changing priorities
Avoid multitasking and practice unitasking
Practice focusing techniques at work
Practice techniques for energy restoration

Requirements

  • No prerequisites

Target Audience

  • Individual Contributors