Focus + Time

On time management, creating micro habits, and building purpose-resilient businesses.

Victor Saad

Founder

Welcome to issue No. 17 of Work Different — a weekly summary of the top articles focused on workplace culture and career development.

On Better Time Management

With constant distractions beckoning our attention, you might feel that you’re not being your most productive self as you work from home. David Karandish offers tips on small changes you can introduce to your work habits to make the most out of your time: 1. Revisit your calendar. Make sure that all your meetings are absolutely necessary and not cutting into your or your colleagues’ time to focus on the tasks at hand. 2. Stop switching between tasks. Our brains are not meant to focus on multiple tasks at once. Avoid exposure to external stimuli such as text messages or CNN alerts so you do not waste time getting back on track. 3. Hold yourself accountable. Figure out the best way to hold yourself to your tasks and goals. Stick to a schedule or check in with a colleague to make sure you both stay on track. Fast Company.

On Creating Micro Habits

Our time and energy are limited, no matter who you are. Sabina Nawaz writes that the key to any kind of achievement is through building small — even micro — habits. “Micro habits are small components of a larger habit. By breaking down an ambitious job into smaller, more achievable ones that you build over long periods of time, micro habits help you complete big goals.” Making any kind of change to our routines is hard. Which makes it more important is to start early, and keep at it everyday. For example, if you’re a leader hoping to connect with your team, create a consistent schedule to check in with a different member of your team each day of the week. Or if you want to be more organized, before you put work away for the day, jot down a list of tasks you have to complete the next day. Start small, but start today. Harvard Business Review.

On Building Purpose

What does it mean to build a purpose-resilient company? How do you build a business that creates both purpose and profit? While many focus on increasing profit and shareholder value, they tend to overlook providing for employee wellbeing and personal development. Blair Miller writes, “building lasting human resource foundations are critical to growth. This means providing upskilling, mentoring, and benefits support to employees.” If you’re a leader, think about how you can maximize your company’s societal value, and that means doing the work to understand your employee’s challenges, needs, and aspirations. The Hill. 

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Victor Saad

Founder

I’m an author, educator, and community builder living in Chicago. I started Experience Institute, an organization helping college students and career professionals learn and grow through short-term, real-world experiences.

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