Meet the Winner of Our March 2016 Call to Action!

Meet the Winner of Our March 2016 Call to Action!

Woman smilingBeing productive at work—without getting sidetracked by emails, text messages and mundane meetings—is more wishful thinking than reality for many of us. But for others, consistently charging forward and crossing off daily to-dos is simply second nature.

So what's their secret?

This led us to our March Call to Action question: What’s your number-one strategy for getting more done at work?

We received a variety of productivity hacks that ranged from relying on your favorite apps to taking the pen-and-paper route to time management. Thanks to everyone who shared!


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And congratulations to this month's winner, who will receive $100 to help reach her financial goals: Christine Chen, a project manager in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Christine, like many of us, would often face Monday mornings with a sense of dread—until she discovered a way to take her deadlines into her own hands.

Here's her story.

"I used to start dreading Sunday evenings (and sometimes even Saturday evenings) because I would think about the overwhelming workload that lay in the week ahead. This definitely compromised my quality of life on the weekends.

In search of solutions, I started reading Dale Carnegie's classic "How to Stop Worrying and Starting Living." One of his recommendations was that instead of worrying, you should write down the causes of your stress in order to generate potential solutions. I figured: Why waste time worrying about something when you can actually tackle it head-on?

That's when I developed my current number-one strategy for getting more work done: I spend one to two hours on Friday afternoons, before I leave for the weekend, planning and prepping for the next work week. I start by making a list of two to three high-level target goals that I want to achieve. An example is presenting a new proposal for a system upgrade to end users.

I then dive into the specifics on how to achieve these goals. In the presentation example above, I would ask myself the following questions:

Who: Who needs to be involved in the meeting, who needs to be informed of the results, who can I escalate things to if there is an issue?

When: When do I need to get the deliverables completed by? Are there any dependencies? When is everyone available to meet?

Where: Should I schedule the presentation in person? Via conference call?

Why: This is probably the most critical because I need to understand the rationale behind why I'm delivering the presentation, as well as what key outcomes I want to reach by the end of the meeting.

This strategy works well for me because knowing that I have a well thought-out plan for the week ahead helps relieve some of my Monday morning anxiety!"

Thanks for sharing, Christine!


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