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Unplug Yourself, Just One Tip for Being Productive in 2015

(image courtesy of Rainer Stropek from Flickr)

Without a doubt returning to work after the festive season leaves everyone feeling a little hard done by; back to the daily grind of emails, deadlines and budgets is never fun. But it doesn’t have to mean going back to the exact same daily grind you left off in December. January is the best time to reset and refresh your work ethic and productivity mantra. Here are some easy tips you can employ to help make 2015 your most productive year to date.

Make the most of maximising the time of the day when you know you are most productive. If you know you’re not always at your best first thing in the morning, aim to set important meetings later in the day. Or perhaps you find that your creative juices are far more free flowing in the mornings when there are fewer interruptions, do your best to capitalise on this time and get cracking on important projects or brainstorm new ideas.

Be constructive with your emails. The barrage of emails in your inbox can be daunting, a good tip to combat not getting caught up in unnecessary email communication is to only open emails that you can ensure you have the time to respond to. Opening and reading an email that you know you’ll address later in the day is inefficient, you’ll only end up re-reading it again later in the day.

Unplug yourself from the internet. Removing the distractions of email, social media, the internet and mobile phones, even if only for an hour a day, can be totally invigorating. As a society we’ve become complacent with the constant distractions the internet provides us with and we happily go about our daily work routine being pulled in different directions. Our attention scattered between emails, websites and iPhones. Try unplugging yourself and giving your full attention to the job you have at hand, you’ll be surprised by just how quickly you’ll get it done.

Plan a day ahead. Whilst best practice is always to switch off from your work at night, taking a few minutes to visualise and pre-plan your next work day can help with productivity. Thinking about what you’ll wear, take for lunch, what you’ll need for meetings and order in which to tackle jobs means that you start each day with a plan, which in turn builds a routine and increases your efficiency and focus.

Finally, be cautious of unproductive colleagues. Maximising your time at work surrounded by productive people helps to keep you on track and focused on your workload. It also has the added advantage of ensuring you’re a part of a creative and stimulating work environment.

For the most part this will all seem common sense, but consider how many little tricks of the trade you could be employing on a daily basis to help maximise your potential. Take the challenge and aim to make 2015 the most productive and prosperous for your business.

Could a Drone Be On Your Christmas Wish List?
(Drone image courtesy of steve_lodefink from Flickr)

Jokes aside, whilst the photo of a drone delivering a pizza in Mumbai might look a little far fetched the reality is many Australian Businesses have started to think about how they can launch themselves into the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) or drones space to better their businesses.

Not undermining the larger and more pressing issues surrounding privacy, as a society we can’t ignore the fact that drones are revolutionizing the way we connect with people and our environment, bridging gaps that even other modern technologies have been limited by. In March this year Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook’s plans to rollout internet connectivity to remote areas of the globe using drone technology. As early as next year Facebook will trial drones as large as Boeing 747’s in classified areas of the US with a projected date of only three to five years before the project could be live.

Paramedics are incorporating the use of drones into their Search & Rescue procedures whilst Wildlife Conservationists are using drones to ward off poachers and assist with monitoring species populations. The Agricultural sector is tipped to dominate in the UAS market as these devices allow for precision delivery of fertilizers, pesticides and water to crops. The most obvious use of the drone is for aerial photography, video, 3D and 4D mapping. Industry sectors such as Real Estate, Property Developers and Local Councils are all potential markets that could benefit from adopting a drone as a their next business tool.

Today a business can invest in a drone stacked with a plethora of advanced technologies for as little as $1200. What should you look for when buying a drone? It should have a good battery life and be durable with good GPS software. To operate it commercially within Australia a UAV Operator/Controller Certificate from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is required. There are also guidelines about operating drones in and around built up areas. On top of this it is essential you consider purchasing adequate insurance, primarily Public Liability. Insurance House has a number of Specialty Insurers and Underwriters that can assist with Liability Insurance and any additional covers you may require for your drone.

So if a drone does make its way to your Christmas wish list and you’ve been good, Santa might just leave one under your tree. That is as long as he doesn’t accidentally hit a drone with his sleigh along the way.