Today we are drowning in digital noise. If we want to be at our most productive in such a chaotic environment we have to develop a laser sharp approach to processing and dealing with the all the information that’s constantly being pushed at us.
Historically we relied on time management to help us keep our business processes balanced. Thankfully, today, we also have a myriad of tools that we can also turn to help us keep on top of our productivity game.To unlock peak productivity we need to think about how we can best integrate age old time management techniques with modern technology.
Personally I don’t think we should be having meetings where we could’ve had a video call, a phone call in place of a video call, an email exchange instead of a phone call or a text message exchange instead of an email exchange.
The point that I’m getting at is that the medium we chose to communicate should be chosen as a function of what we are trying to achieve and the timeframe within which we are trying to achieve that objective. My own preference is to handle all communications via email or via text message* (*note, by ‘text message’ I’m also referring to Instagram, Facebook, WhatsApp or any other form of ‘short’ text messaging).
Where possible, all communications should be shortened and, where necessary, all collaborative conversations should be had within digital tools that are capable of recording and developing ideas and feedback. There are lots of online tools designed to facilitate such interactions but my favourite option is a simple Apple ‘Notes’ file or a Google Doc.
Google docs also enable collaborators to track each others changes as well as providing an option to ask questions and leave feedback. Managing the conversation flow within these docs is entirely up to the people using them — the main thing is that all information relating to the project being evaluated or managed is contained within a single place.
It’s well worth taking the time out to explore how we communicate with each other and to evaluate how we can better handle our communication flows. Got a great business communication tip, trick or hack? The let me know in the comments or message me directly here!