Several years ago there were studies done on goal setting and their effects on the workplace. In these studies, researchers found that goal setting wasn’t as powerful as once thought. Goals lead to a variety of unhealthy thoughts and actions like unethical behavior and demotivation. Think Volkswagen getting cars off the assembly line for sale knowing they had emissions issues. They also found people would be so focused on their goals that they would neglect other activities and tasks that were important to their work. Then once a goal was completed, the actions that got someone on a successful path the goal along with it’s actions were abandoned. Each January for the past two years, I have discussed the importance of goal setting. Maybe I was wrong about goal setting…

 

 

 

It’s National Clean Off Your Desk Day on Monday January 9th! It’s the designated day you walk into your office and say ‘this is the day I’m going to get my office clean.’ You roll up your sleeves, then a few emails arrive, you take a phone call, you search around for that document-did you print it out or is it somewhere on your computer? And before you know it, it’s time to call it a day.

Here are some tips to clearing off your desk and staying productive during your workday:

One of my favorite blogs each year is my report on Partnering with the Community. Each year I volunteer my time to different non-profit organizations throughout the year. Some organizations will tell me of the transformations they experienced. Here is the experience from New Pathways for Youth. New Pathways for Youth provides after school programs and mentoring to children in need. These children experience cycles of poverty, homelessness, violence and substance abuse, convincing generations of youth that there is no alternative to what they see around them. New Pathways for Youth helps stop these cycles and close opportunity gaps that reshape childrens lives. Here's what New Pathways for Youth gained from productivity and organizing sessions. 

 

 

One of my greatest joys is to be of service to the community. One of my greatest passions is organizing and increasing people’s productivity and the way they work. When those two are brought together it allows me to work with a variety of non-profits in the Valley.

Who did I help this year? 

 

In an earlier blog, I wrote about paper journals and notebooks. If you follow my facebook page there were a flurry of comments about the use of different journals and then the discussion quickly turned to what’s out there in terms of technology. One of the best tech tools for capturing ideas is Evernote. Many people use Evernote for jotting down lists but really, this app goes beyond list making. There are several amazing things you can do with Evernote that can support the way you work.