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3 Tips To Help You Be Productive In 2018

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In today’s hectic and distracted world it can be hard to stay in control of your day and be productive. The constant stream of messages, alerts and requests often cause us to work re-actively. It can be frustrating. Most people make good plans and set clear goals but those plans can get side-lined as new requests and alerts arrive. Below we list 3 tips to be productive in 2018.

It can be useful to remind ourselves what we can actually control. We can proactively manage:

  • What we work on
  • How quickly we respond
  • What we prioritise
  • How often we check E-mail
  • Our energy levels and focus
  • Our mobile phone notifications

So if you decide to be more proactive and take control, here are 3 tips to be productive that will help you do it.

3 TIPS TO BE PRODUCTIVE

TIP 1 – KNOW YOUR PRIORITIES

To maximise your use of time, it is important to know your priorities. Be clear about what is important for your company, your role, your clients and your targets. What are you trying to achieve; what are your long-term goals? Do some thinking and planning. Then set weekly goals and identify the tasks that will achieve these goals. Now you have your day-to-day priorities. Focus on achieving these tasks and protect your time by minimising your distractions.

Remember, if you don’t set your own priorities, someone else probably will.

 TIP 2 – UNDERSTAND HOW YOU WORK

The first step in CONTROLLING how you work is KNOWING how you work. Do you know what you end up working on each day? Do you know why? Are you clear about how you are prioritising your work?

You can gather this information by simply reflecting at the end of each day. Ask yourself:

  1. Did I stick to my plan?
  2. Did I end up working on unplanned things?
  3. Was the unplanned work more important?
  4. Did I make the correct decisions?
  5. What and/or who distracted me?

Consider what time of day you are most productive and when you concentrate best. Then plan the important work for these times.

TIP 3 – CONTROL YOUR DISTRACTIONS

Take steps to minimise your distractions now that you are aware of them. It may be phone calls, social media notifications, unimportant message alerts or other people’s requests.

We often let ourselves be distracted if it’s a welcome change from a tough (priority) task we are working on. And a change of task can refresh and help you regain focus. The challenge is to control the time you spend on the unplanned task by using a timer to remind you to tune back into your original plan.

To help minimise digital distractions you can do the following:

  • Analyse all the notifications you receive on your phone, tablet of PC.
  • Are you giving them all the same priority?
  • Are you letting a low priority Twitter interaction distract you as much as the alert for an important business Email?
  • Turn off notifications from low priority apps or Email accounts
  • Check Email at a set frequency, as often as you need to stay in touch for your role or business.

BE PRODUCTIVE IN 2018

These changes may require a different way of working. It may not be possible to stick to it every day. But on a day that you have an important piece of work to complete and you need some deep-thinking time, take control and protect your precious time.

Try something new in the New Year and you have every chance of making 2018 your most productive year ever.

This article was written by our guest blogger Moira Dunne from beproductive.ie. Stay productive by staying in touch with beproductive.ie  on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram  @beproductive_ie  and checking their website for regular articles and tips.

Happy New Year.

Top 5 Christmas Party Venues In Dublin

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas … party season

If you’re looking for a last-minute venue for the office Christmas party we’ve put together a list of the top 5 venues in the capital!

THE WESTBURY

Perfect for smaller companies or groups, the Westbury will wine and dine you in pure luxury. Located in the centre of Dublin’s social and cultural riches. This elegant setting is the perfect place to wind down and enjoy yourselves.

The Christmas party booking includes: a private party in the Trinity Suite, a welcome glass of prosecco and canapés on arrival & a 3 course dinner.

THE SHELBOURNE

Make it a Christmas to remember at the Shelbourne. A complimentary glass of prosecco on arrival followed by a five course menu, it’s sure to be the perfect place to get into the Christmas party spirit.

The dinner bell rings at 8:30pm sharp so you won’t miss the food!

Wondering about what entertainment they have on offer? Their resident band play lively hits from the 50’s right up to current day chart-toppers.

They also offer discounted rate for rooms for the party-goers.

MCGOWANS OF PHIBSBORO

Voted as ‘Dublin’s Best Night Out’. Why not consider this hot spot for the Christmas party? Guaranteed to be a fun-filled night out (definitely a late one). There’s free admission to the nightclub if you decide to go for a boogie so that’s a plus. There are various extras you can include in the party package from a private photographer to drink vouchers.

YAMAMORI

Not the first idea you’ll consider when thinking of venues but it’s something different. Choose from two locations (either Izakaya or Sushi) for the perfect place to bring all the office gang. They cater to your every need and even offer day time slots in case it can’t be a late one this year! The food is just incredible. Enjoy an authentic sushi spread or keep it casual with their plentiful platters. Convinced yet? The downstairs basement is the place to let your hair down as the night progresses.

THE ODEON

If you’re a big company, the Odeon caters for groups of up to a thousand people! You can keep it simple with buffet or finger food but they also offer to tailor a menu to suit your needs. From drinks receptions to customised VIP packages, their events team are on-hand to ensure your every need is catered for.

 

To find out more about the Christmas party packages available at these venues head over to their websites.

 

Halloween Ideas For The Office

Halloween Ideas For The Office

4 Quick Ideas To Spook Up Your Office This Halloween!

Stuck in the office this Halloween? Why not have some halloween fun and decorate your work-space with these quick and easy crafts?

 

Halloween Ideas For The Office Or Your Home Work Space!

 

Ghostly Garlands

Made with toilet-paper tubes, this ghostly bunting is sure to put you in high spirits.

All You Need Is:

  • Toilet Paper Tubes
  • White Plastic Table Cloth
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Twine/ String
  • Sharpie

Halloween Ideas For The Office

 

Spellbinding Books

Black paper and chalk turn books and folders into tomes of terror. Here’s how.

All You Need Is:

  • Books
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Chalk
  • Black Paper
  • A Button
  • Glue
  • Pencil

 

Halloween Ideas For The Office

 

 

Wand Organiser

Even witches and wizards can benefit from a little organisation. Make a removable sleeve for your pen holder that you can remove once Halloween has passed

All You Need Is:

  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Googly Eyes
  • Coloured Paper ( Dark Green, Light Green, Black, Red & White)
  • A Pen Holder or Any Plastic Container.
  • Ruler
  • Pencil

 

Halloween Ideas For The Office

 

All Eyes on You

Turn anything into tools of torment with these foam eyes and self-adhesive googly eyes. Create your own Frankenplants, Frankenpens and frankenpins to ensure you are the cynosure of all eyes.

All You Need Is:

  • Pens
  • Foam Eyes (If you can’t find these, you can make them with ping pong balls and red and black permanent marker.)
  • Craft Blade

 

Halloween Ideas For The Office

 

And Voila! This is what your desk will look like when it’s all together!

Put those Frankenpens to good use and Pop them in plants around the office! Such a simple idea but it looks great! See the picture below!

Halloween Ideas For The Office

You can find most of these supplies in the office itself or hit up the nearest stationary shop. Have a creepy, scary Halloween and let me know if you try out any of these craft to decorate your work-space, either at office or at home.