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    "Just a quick follow-up note on the work your crews did at my house over the last couple of weeks. In short; the porch railing, painting and tuck pointing was done professionally and looks great. More important, the crews that were out were customer service oriented, thoughtful, friendly and always let me know what was going on. I would not hesitate to recommend Reilly Painting."

    Dan H.
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  • Increasing Your Productivity in the Workplace & at Home

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    Feeling overwhelmed in the office? Are you stressing out about getting things done? Feeling stressed and overwhelmed in the workplace can either make or break how productive you are. Some people enjoy that rush of getting things done with a lot on their plate, while others need to space it out and feel un-rushed. If you are feeling that your work productivity is slipping away, read this article by Heidi Grant Halvorson of Forbes, who gives us tips and advice for becoming more productive in all aspects of life, both at work and at home.

    Very few of us are as productive as we could be. We want to be focused with laser-like precision on critical tasks and make the best, most efficient use of our time.  Instead, we get distracted by coworkers, lost in our Inboxes, and too absorbed by unimportant aspects of a single project when we’d be better off turning our attention to other things.

    Wanting to be more productive isn’t enough to actually make you more productive.  You need to find a way to deal effectively with the distractions, the interruptions, and the fact that there is just way too much on your plate.   Fortunately, there is a very simple strategy that has been proven to do the trick.

    If you’ve already read my book Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals, then know that I am a big fan of planning.  If-then planning, in particular, is a really powerful way to help you achieve any goal.  Well over 100 studies, on everything from diet and exercise to negotiation and time management, have shown that deciding in advance when and where you will take specific actions to reach your goal (e.g., If it is 4pm, then I will return any phone calls I should return today”) can double or triple your chances for success.  Making if-then plans to tackle your current projects, or reach your 2011 goals, is probably the most effective single thing you can do to ensure your success.

    If-then plans take the form:

    If X happens, then I will do Y.

    For example:

    If I haven’t written the report before lunch, then I will make it my top priority when I return.

    If I am getting too distracted by colleagues, then I will stick to a 5 minute chat limit and head back to work.

    If it is 2pm, then I will spend an hour reading and responding to important emails.

    Read more at Forbes

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