Resolve to Work Smarter in the New Year!

If you are a ‘type A’ personality like me, work can be a socially acceptable addiction.  You check email when you get to the hotel, when you get back from dinner, before you go to bed and as soon as you wake up.  You react like Pavlov’s dog to the sound of new messages and texts on your smartphone because you don’t want to miss anything.  Or maybe you’re just trying to stay ahead of the game so you don’t drown in the deluge of messages.

Guess what?  The ability to be connected virtually anytime, anywhere doesn’t mean that you have to be! One of my resolutions is better time management.  I’m going to be on time for meetings.  I’m going to log off email during the day to avoid distractions and allow for project work.  And I’m going to log off in the evening to spend time with my family and be refreshed for another productive day.  (Sounds great, doesn’t it?  We’ll see how long I last!)

Time to Work Smarter

Another way to work smarter is to collaborate virtually via telepresence rather than traveling to meet face-to-face. When you include packing, traveling to the airport, getting through security, waiting for the plane, flight time, delays, getting a rental car, checking into your hotel, etc., even a short haul flight can take 4 to 5 hours out of your day. This time can be better invested elsewhere and make you much more productive.

Even for those of you who don’t travel, telepresence can increase your productivity.  Through telepresence, you’re able to see the facial expressions and body language of people in remote locations so you know if they understand and agree with what you’re saying . This enables faster decision-making and stronger relationships with colleagues, customers, partners and suppliers.

Telepresence won’t replace all face-to-face meetings.  But what if your company conducted one out of every five business trips via telepresence? Is that a resolution you could make?  Think of the positive impact you could have on business velocity. Now that’s what I call working smarter.

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