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Self-Study in May 2018

May 1, 2018 - 2 minute read - Comments - self-study-aggregationmay2018

Research Shows a Simple Way to Increase Your Engagement at Work

I’ve read this article By Michael Parke, Justin Weinhardt:

We found that increasing your engagement and productivity at work could be as simple as making a plan for the day

They talk about two types of planning: time management and contingent planning. The latter is about considering possible disruptions or interruptions they may face and a plan to tackle them (if they happen).

They argue that the latter is less frustrating than the former based on the non-accomplished tasks in the former. That the former is less effective when facing a high level of interruptions, as compared to the latter, equally effective no matter how many interruptions.

They suggest contingent planning for the days with high expected interruptions, time planning for the rest. But always use planning, for higher output, happiness at work

Tags: engagement, work, productivity, michael-parke, justin-weinhardt

You May Hate Planning, But You Should Do It Anyway

I’ve read this article by Elizabeth Grace Saunders. In it, she points that:

  • Planning will trigger pain — at least initially
  • Things tend to go better when you plan
  • Planning becomes the canary

She suggests that planning can help you become more productive, even considering the sunk cost of planning itself.

Tags: elizabeth-saunders, planning, hbr, management, time-management, plan

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