Forced Productivity Improvement
Obviously, the Oil & Gas industry has seen better days with everybody being in full “cost control” mode (read : cost cutting), having a global position is an advantage for job security. The obvious downside is that local positions slowly going away to “right-size” the organization, the global positions are expected to fill the gap(s).
So these days, my work starts with 7am meetings with Russia, Middle East or European colleagues and ends with roll-outs in Asia, around 10pm.
From a management perspective, this is hugely interesting. More hours worked without increased compensation means increased productivity.
Time management tips?
There are so many more articles that are in my draft folders that I would like to get out, but I feel like I do not have time to get to it. There are so many things getting in the way!
One of my ideas would be to get up earlier and dedicate more time for myself, to reflect, meditate and write. If I could wake up at 5am everyday, that would give me at 2h to use before work. I’m just not a morning person and waking up at 6am feels painful already. Could I push it another hour? If a night-owl has managed to become a morning person, I’d love to know how to do that.
The other avenue I’m exploring is to re-focus my priorities and say ‘no’ to more things in order to reduce my workload without impacting my priorities. This sounds easy to do, but identifying the activities that can be pushed back isn’t always obvious. If you have suggestions on how to say ‘no’ more often without being an a-hole, please share!
I’m not a productivity expert but these are the 2 areas where I think I could get the most benefits from. Of course the week-ends are obvious sources of free time, but for some reasons, there’s always more house maintenance / grocery shopping / paperwork to deal with than I’d like to.
What are your tips for managing an overwhelming schedule? What are ways that you have managed to get back more time?