'Success' comes down to organisations nurturing creativity and ideas in order to grow and flourish. The good news is that that UK economy appears to be on the mend. A substantial 29.87million of us are in work and most jobs are full time and permanent. However, there are question marks as to how productive we are whilst at work.
In a design workshop yesterday, I suddenly realised I wasn't trying. I wasn't contributing to the process by suggesting solutions, I wasn't listening. As soon as this struck me, I leaned forward, started thinking and got involved. Afterwards I felt very happy and left the meeting feeling lighter and much more positive about life. I also felt determined not to let that happen again!
The danger for so many people--especially those with big ambitions--is that they measure themselves by their ideals, their notion of how things should be, and this completely blinds them to any progress they've made and the opportunities in front of them. They fall into what I call "The Gap"--the permanent distance between your ideals and where you actually are.
It makes sense that a happy, healthy workforce is a productive one. But, just offering great benefits such as private medical insurance, gym membership or Income Protection without employees being aware of it doesn't promote wellbeing and financial security at work. You need to communicate them effectively to staff to see a real return on investment.
Can procrastination ever be positive? There are certain circumstances when it is "acceptable" - even wise - to procrastinate! But we first need to think of this behavior in terms of the neutral definition of deferring or delaying action in the list above. We can then ascribe a positive attribute to it, depending on the situation.
The best way to start reversing your bad habits is to make a series of long term and short term goals which will serve as beacons for the directions of your new habits. For example the most common habit which faces most students is excessive procrastination, in my opinion, the easiest way to overcome procrastination is by setting goals.
A Cornell study found the optimum temperature for productivity was approximately 25°C. But someone - Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg included it seems - always persists in the belief that "the cold keeps you awake!" Awake maybe, but shivering with mukluks on doesn't seem to say "high performance office" to me.
Lots of activities we think of as time-wasting aren't that at all. Facebook might be an important way of getting some down-time in a busy day. Chatting at the school gate builds a community, while waiting for the GP at least can give you time to catch up on a book. But lurking in your day are probably pockets of truly dead time. Time-wasters that have no benefit at all.