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7 Guaranteed Ways to Destroy Your Productivity

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According to a report from CEB, fiscal austerity has prompted public sector executives to believe they'll need an 18 percent increase in employee performance to meet agency objectives. With some 80 percent of workers indicating their workloads are on the rise, and 59 percent of government agencies anticipating fewer resources, realizing performance gains will be difficult, to say the least. 

How can we increase productivity in government? We'll be exploring this very topic at Excellence in Government on May 13 - 14 in Washington, D.C. Sessions will include how to leverage data for better decision making, using technology to increase collaboration and how mission-motivated teams get better results. But, to start, sometimes it helps to define how NOT to do something.

Below we present seven sure-fire ways to destroy your productivity. Pro tips include:

  • Incessantly checking your email!
  • Multitasking!
  • Creating even more calendar/mobile notifications!
  • And making really long to-do lists!

Any of these sound like you? Share your productivity killing habits (and perhaps a few solutions) in the comments.


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Mark Micheli is Special Projects Editor for Government Executive Media Group. He's the editor of Excellence in Government Online and contributes to GovExec, NextGov and Defense One. Previously, he worked on national security and emergency management issues with the US Treasury Department and the Department of Homeland Security. He's a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs and studied at Drake University.

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