In the field of executive search, we’re always thinking about the future. We’re constantly reminding our clients that the key to success is to foresee change before it occurs. This is why many of our clients are looking to hire for skill sets that don’t exist yet. Businesses are evolving at a rapid rate – and it’s not only influencing hiring practices; the way we work is also changing.
In his Ted Talk, Jason Fried expresses a radical theory of working: that it rarely happens at the office.
Executives in senior management roles often find themselves trapped in the cycle of a never-ending to-do list. Staying productive can be a challenge, especially when you feel like you’re constantly trying to get caught up at work.
The key to staying productive is focusing your efforts and planning effectively. Here are some quick pointers to help you better manage your time:
According to a 2010 study by neuroscientists at the French medical research agency Inserm, if a person is focusing on two tasks simultaneously, each side of the brain tackles a different task. This means the human brain can only handle two tasks at a time.
Taking on more tasks results in an increased chance of errors. Rather than spreading your focus thin between multiple projects, try dedicating a 20-minute slot of time to one task, then switch to the next one. Not only will you notice an increase in productivity, but you’ll also see a rise in your level of innovative thinking.