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Good Reading and Happy 4th of July.

This is a great day in history

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Happy 4th to every and in particulars our Veterans who serve our country. 

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I spend my years in the Air Force back in the 60’s and have some great memories!

In my opinion, as safety professionals, in many cases we are storytellers.   We help employees, by telling stories, with hope that they will remember why they should report hazards and/or help reduce injuries.  On the other side, when we are talking to our leadership team we are usually telling a story about how an injury occurred and the corrective actions that will be implemented to resolve the issue.

With that news_crew_1600_wht_5861said, I would like to introduce a FREE online class entitled "The Future Of Storytelling" to my email group.  I am taking this class to understand the history of storytelling.  This is a very good class and I would encourage everyone to at least listen to the 1st class to gauge your interest.

 

What intrigued me about this class is a statement on their website “Are you interested in the mechanics of current fiction formats? Do you want to know how stories are told? Do you want to analyze, understand, contextualize and create stories and narratives?”   To check this class out or enroll in the class click here.

As always I would be interested in your input.

There are some good points that can be made time for management,work habits, productivity, etc.   I recently conducted several presentations on How to Use Internet Tools To Increase Productivity.  I am firm believer in being more productive.

 

The following is a guest post by Ryan Rivera.  Ryan touches on 8 of those areas. I want to thank Ryan for his thoughts.

Time is gold; therefore, you need to spend it wisely. It is such an overused statement but is totally true. As much as possible, make every minute worthwhile because once it’s gone, there is no going back.

But there are days that are beyond regular and busy. Sometimes you get swamped with tasks. You are so close to the deadlines, yet you are not even halfway through what needs to be done.

You have probably been told to manage your time. But just like the rest of us, the negative side to being busy kicks in. Instead of doing it right away, we tend to procrastinate. And for all we know, no time is left. So what do we do? We cram and deliver poor work. 

business_team_cut_here_1600_clr_12450If you value your job and the work you do, it’s time to reassess your work habits.

If you are struggling and becoming stressed at managing your time better, here are some tips to help you get started?

  1. Make a To-Do list. This list keeps you on your toes. It makes you more focused on the job ahead. It reminds you of what needs to be done and what are the priorities for the day.
  2. Start with the most important and work your way down. When you get on with the list immediately, you’ll have fun in ticking off one item to the next. The feeling of having accomplished so much in a day is ego boosting, especially if you want to impress your boss or you just want to be better at handling your workload.
  3. As mentioned, you have to start with the most important or the most urgent things to get to. Attend to them first as they need more attention, time and effort. When these are done, the rest of the day should go through smoothly.
  4. A good way to manage time is to set a limit. Have a more or less period for every activity. This way the other tasks get your full attention as well and do not need to take a fall back.
  5. Set a certain time to check and respond to emails and make phone calls. These take a lot of time. In a phone call, for example, one topic can lead to another topic. So only do it whenever you need to, if not, put it at the bottom of your To Dos?
  6. Cut back on chit-chat. Talking to your co-workers on issues that are not work related should be spent during breaks only.
  7. Work time means no social media time. A lot of employees are reprimanded because they get caught using social media during work hours. The reprimands usually start verbally, but if you neglect the warning the first time, you can be suspended for days. What kind of work ethic is that? Do you want your employer to regret hiring you?
  8. Learn to say no. You do not have superhero skills. There are only 24 hours in a day. If you think you could no longer put your 100 percent in it, it is better that it be assigned to someone who can. Explain that you are doing something at the moment and that it is as important. This shouldn’t be taken against you.
  9. Delegate if need be. If you have the capacity to delegate work, do so. It is not a matter of not having enough confidence in your own skills. It is a matter of trust and knowing how to achieve your goals. A good leader knows how to make use of his resources wisely.

These tips may seem typical, but they do work. Give it a try and see how you do. The improvement need not be overnight. Just stick to your goal, and eventually, you will observe the progress yourself.

Ryan Rivera is the founder of Calm Clinic, a website intended to spread information about depression, fatigue, panic attacks, anxiety and stress, etc. It is the aim of Ryan to inform anxiety sufferers that there are other ways to alleviate their condition without having to depend on habit-forming drugs.Butmembranecreate

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Recently at the annual Georgia Safety, Health and Environmental Conference in Savannah, Nathan Crutchfield and I presented several sessions on the topic, “Using Internet Tools To Increase Productivity.”

This session was geared to the average user who wanted to have some knowledge on the subject.  The class was open to Safety and Human Resources Professionals and other related individuals who were interested.

We addressed the issue of our being in a period of great technical change as Social Media is starting to dominate and influence the methods we use to communicate, research, and present ourselves.  We provided an overview that addressed the need for a process that follows a logical flow for gathering, collecting, and sorting information. The process of fully utilizing the “Cloud” for storage of selected content for sharing was also discussed.

We discussed our journey into the world of social media and have found it loaded with ideas, concepts, and practical applications that aided us in our professional developed.

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The Problem

When the question is asked” what is social media?” the typical response is “Facebook and Twitter” which are only a part (albeit a dominate part) of social media. Yet a whole other world exists that can provide a wide range of tools and techniques that can help you be more productive while  moving through the various social media channels.

A common theme that we have heard is “I don’t have the time to keep up with the new social media technology.” In OHM (our humble opinion), this is actually a persistent cry for help.  It stems from the problem that as organizations continue to strive for maximum productivity with fewer and fewer resources, a strategy that incorporates at least some level of social media must take center stage.

With the overwhelming volume of information we can easily access, it is critical that we find ways to gather, filter, and turn data into usable information. Given that time cannot be expanded (only 24 hours in a day) , in order to maintain some form of balance, we must improve the use of technology when setting priorities to meet “mission” essential goals and objectives.

We have found that a host of productivity tools are in the Social Media environment that if properly structured can be effective in establishing a logical flow of information into a format that provides opportunities for increased efficiency.

The Solution

We discussed a range of productivity tips and techniques that we have learned through trial and error, research, and personal experience that we now use in our daily work.

Our approach has been to identify applications that can be customized and used immediately.  A further concern we addressed is the need for keeping cost low through use of free or low cost applications for flexibility as needs shift an/or better applications appear.  We see the need for an understanding of fundamental criteria used for searching for and finding new applications, being able to pick and choose those that will meet the current needs, and immediately implement for improved use of time and productivity.

Mind MapWe believe in mindmaps and suggested their use to graphically document brainstorming sessions and developing project structure. Our seminar presented a road map and personal guide that emphasized time saving tips and techniques to increase productivity by providing several basic building blocks along with hands on, step by step tutorials.

Many of the best applications can be easily learned and implemented if the right map is developed.  By setting up a specific array of apps and tools, key topical information can be retrieved from various sites using “RSS” feeds or websites. By this automation, content can be instantly gathered, without going from website to website. “BookMarklets” can be used to post directly from an Internet browser to various social media. We presented various automation techniques using specific applications that allow sharing knowledge through the use of videos.

 

We touched on the use of for example:

  • Dropbox
  • Evernote
  • Scrivener
  • Docear
  • MindMaps
  • BookMarklets
  • Feedly
    Other available applications.

The sessions were well received.  We were invited to present this information at several other conferences.  We look forward to the continued challenge.

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