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25 Hacks That Make Your Life More Organised and Productive

25 Hacks That Make Your Life More Organised and Productive

Are you always on the lookout for tips and tricks to help make your life more productive and organised? Make your life easier with these useful hacks!

Hack #1

If you’ve started a new roll of wrapping paper and you have some left over, simply slot an old toilet roll around the wrapping paper to keep it from crumpling or tearing.

    Hack #2

    Try tying a piece of luggage to your suitcase when you travel, so it is easy to find when you are collecting baggage at the airport.

      Hack #3

      To make taking the bins out less messy, try lining the bottom of your bin with newspaper, as it helps to soak up any liquids.

        Hack #4

        Try this nifty trick so you don’t get food on your cookbooks whenever you are cooking.

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          Hack #5

          Put a bar of scented soap with your dirty clothes in your luggage, to help disguise the smell while you’re on the move.

            Hack #6

            If you don’t want to spend money on a watering can, try poking holes in the lid of an old milk carton to make your own cheap and effective watering can.

              Hack #7

              Hate taking more than one trip to the car when you’re unpacking shopping? Keep a washing-up basket in your boot to save you time!

                Hack #8

                If you love ice lollies, try pushing a cupcake wrapper underneath the lolly to catch any sticky mess.

                  Hack #9

                  If you have candles with wicks that are hard to reach, this hack is perfect for you. Light the end of a piece of spaghetti and use it to light the candle.

                    Hack #10

                    Try using a piece of paper from a sticky pad to clean crumbs and dirt from your keyboard.

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                      Hack #11

                      If you are re-heating food in the microwave, push a hole into the middle of the food so the food heats up much faster!

                        Hack #12

                        This tip is great for anyone who is struggling to find room in their wardrobe. Try hooking a ring-pull onto a coat-hanger so you can attach a second coat-hanger below.

                          Hack #13

                          Save time by painting your keys different colors, so you can always find the one you need quickly.

                            Hack #14

                            If you’re throwing a barbecue or party, serve up the condiments in a muffin tray to save yourself extra washing up!

                              Hack #15

                              Use a paperclip to help you if you have any jewelry that is difficult to put on.

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                                Hack #16

                                Shape your eggs beautifully by cooking them in either a slice of onion or pepper.

                                  Hack #17

                                  To save on mess, hang your spoon through the end of your pan while you’re cooking.

                                    Hack #19

                                    If you love chilled white wine, try using frozen grapes instead of ice in your drink. Grapes are much tastier, and won’t dilute your drink.

                                      Hack #20

                                      If you are in a hotel and you can’t find somewhere to charge your phone, check the back of the television. They often have USB ports many phone chargers fit into!

                                        Hack #21

                                        Cut up a tennis ball for a fun, quirky and cheap way to store your keys and letters.

                                          Hack #22

                                          If you don’t have a roasting tray, this hack using spoons ensures your dinner is still cooked perfectly.

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                                            Hack #23

                                            If you have lots of cables, use old toilet rolls to individually store them. This trick makes the cables easy to find and stops them tangling together.

                                              Hack #24

                                              Use non-flavored dental floss to cut cakes perfectly, without creating any mess.

                                                Hack #25

                                                Tired of your snacks going stale? Use an old coat-hanger as a thrifty way to keep your food fresh.

                                                  Do you have any hacks that help you keep your life organised and productive? Comment with your ideas!

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                                                  Last Updated on January 6, 2021

                                                  14 Ideas on How to Measure Productivity to Make Progress

                                                  14 Ideas on How to Measure Productivity to Make Progress

                                                  Everyone has heard the term productivity, and people talk about it in terms of how high it is and how to improve it. But fewer know how to measure productivity, or even what exactly we are talking about when using the term “productivity.”

                                                  In its simplest form, the productivity formula looks like this: Output ÷ Input = Productivity.

                                                  For example, you have two salespeople each making 10 calls to customers per week. The first one averages 2 sales per week and the second one averages 3 sales per week. By plugging in the numbers we get the following productivity levels for each sales person.

                                                  For salesperson one, the output is 2 sales and the input is 10 sales: 2 ÷ 10 = .2 or 20% productivity. For salesperson two, the output is 3 sales and the input is 10 sales: 3 ÷ 10 = .3 or 30% productivity.

                                                  Knowing how to measure and interpret productivity is an invaluable asset for any manager or business owner in today’s world. As an example, in the above scenario, salesperson #1 is clearly not doing as well as salesperson #2.

                                                  Knowing this information we can now better determine what course of action to take with salesperson #1.

                                                  Some possible outcomes might be to require more in-house training for that salesperson, or to have them accompany the more productive salesperson to learn a better technique. It might be that salesperson #1 just isn’t suited for sales and would do a better job in a different position.

                                                  How to Measure Productivity With Management Techniques

                                                  Knowing how to measure productivity allows you to fine tune your business by minimizing costs and maximizing profits:

                                                  1. Identify Long and Short-Term Goals

                                                  Having a good understanding of what you (or your company’s) goals are is key to measuring productivity.

                                                  For example, if your company’s goal is to maximize market share, you’ll want to measure your team’s productivity by their ability to acquire new customers, not necessarily on actual sales made.

                                                  2. Break Down Goals Into Smaller Weekly Objectives

                                                  Your long-term goal might be to get 1,000 new customers in a year. That’s going to be 20 new customers per week. If you have 5 people on your team, then each one needs to bring in 4 new customers per week.

                                                  Now that you’ve broken it down, you can track each person’s productivity week-by-week just by plugging in the numbers:

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                                                  Productivity = number of new customers ÷ number of sales calls made

                                                  3. Create a System

                                                  Have you ever noticed that whenever you walk into a McDonald’s, the French fry machine is always to your left? 

                                                  This is because McDonald’s created a system. They have determined that the most efficient way to set up a kitchen is to always have the French fry machine on the left when you walk in.

                                                  You can do the same thing and just adapt it to your business.

                                                  Let’s say that you know that your most productive salespeople are making the most sales between the hours of 3 and 7 pm. If the other salespeople are working from 9 am to 4 pm, you can potentially increase productivity through something as simple as adjusting the workday.

                                                  Knowing how to measure productivity allows you to set up, monitor, and fine tune systems to maximize output.

                                                  4. Evaluate, Evaluate, Evaluate!

                                                  We’ve already touched on using these productivity numbers to evaluate and monitor your employees, but don’t forget to evaluate yourself using these same measurements.

                                                  If you have set up a system to track and measure employees’ performance, but you’re still not meeting goals, it may be time to look at your management style. After all, your management is a big part of the input side of our equation.

                                                  Are you more of a carrot or a stick type of manager? Maybe you can try being more of the opposite type to see if that changes productivity. Are you managing your employees as a group? Perhaps taking a more one-on-one approach would be a better way to utilize each individual’s strengths and weaknesses.

                                                  Just remember that you and your management style contribute directly to your employees’ productivity.

                                                  5. Use a Ratings Scale

                                                  Having clear and concise objectives for individual employees is a crucial part of any attempt to increase workplace productivity. Once you have set the goals or objectives, it’s important that your employees are given regular feedback regarding their progress.

                                                  Using a ratings scale is a good way to provide a standardized visual representation of progress. Using a scale of 1-5 or 1-10 is a good way to give clear and concise feedback on an individual basis.

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                                                  It’s also a good way to track long-term progress and growth in areas that need improvement.

                                                  6. Hire “Mystery Shoppers”

                                                  This is especially helpful in retail operations where customer service is critical. A mystery shopper can give feedback based on what a typical customer is likely to experience.

                                                  You can hire your own shopper, or there are firms that will provide them for you. No matter which route you choose, it’s important that the mystery shoppers have a standardized checklist for their evaluation.

                                                  You can request evaluations for your employees friendliness, how long it took to greet the shopper, employees’ knowledge of the products or services, and just about anything else that’s important to a retail operation.

                                                  7. Offer Feedback Forms

                                                  Using a feedback form is a great way to get direct input from existing customers. There are just a couple of things to keep in mind when using feedback forms.

                                                  First, keep the form short, 2-3 questions max with a space for any additional comments. Asking people to fill out a long form with lots of questions will significantly reduce the amount of information you receive.

                                                  Secondly, be aware that customers are much more likely to submit feedback forms when they are unhappy or have a complaint than when they are satisfied.

                                                  You can offset this tendency by asking everyone to take the survey at the end of their interaction. This will increase compliance and give you a broader range of customer experiences, which will help as you’re learning how to measure productivity.

                                                  8. Track Cost Effectiveness

                                                  This is a great metric to have, especially if your employees have some discretion over their budgets. You can track how much each person spends and how they spend it against their productivity.

                                                  Again, this one is easy to plug into the equation: Productivity = amount of money brought in ÷ amount of money spent.

                                                  Having this information is very useful in forecasting expenses and estimating budgets.

                                                  9. Use Self-Evaluations

                                                  Asking your staff to do self evaluations can be a win-win for everyone. Studies have shown that when employees feel that they are involved and their input is taken seriously, morale improves. And as we all know, high employee morale translates into higher productivity.

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                                                  Using self-evaluations is also a good way to make sure that the employees and employers goals are in alignment.

                                                  10. Monitor Time Management

                                                  This is the number one killer of productivity in the workplace. Time spent browsing the internet, playing games, checking email, and making personal calls all contribute to lower productivity[1].

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                                                    The trick is to limit these activities without becoming overbearing and affecting morale. Studies have shown that most people will adhere to rules that they feel are fair and applied to everyone equally.

                                                    While ideally, we may think that none of these activities should be done on company time, employees will almost certainly have a different opinion. From a productivity standpoint, it is best to have policies and rules that are seen as fair to both sides as you’re learning how to measure productivity.

                                                    11. Analyze New Customer Acquisition

                                                    We’ve all heard the phrase that “It’s more expensive to get a new customer than it is to keep an existing one.” And while that is very true, in order for your business to keep growing, you will need to continually add new customers.

                                                    Knowing how to measure productivity via new customer acquisition will make sure that your marketing dollars are being spent in the most efficient way possible. This is another metric that’s easy to plug into the formula: Productivity = number of new customers ÷ amount of money spent to acquire those customers.

                                                    For example, if you run any kind of advertising campaign, you can compare results and base your future spending accordingly.

                                                    Let’s say that your total advertising budget is $3,000. You put $2,000 into television ads, $700 into radio ads, and $300 into print ads. When you track the results, you find that your television ad produced 50 new customers, your radio ad produced 15 new customers, and your print ad produced 9 new customers.

                                                    Let’s plug those numbers into our equation. Television produced 50 new customers at a cost of $2,000 (50 ÷ 2000 = .025, or a productivity rate of 2.5%). The radio ads produced 15 new customers and cost $700 (15 ÷ 700 = .022, or a 2.2% productivity rate). Print ads brought in 9 new customers and cost $300 (9 ÷ 300 = .03, or a 3% return on productivity).

                                                    From this analysis, it is clear that you would be getting the biggest bang for your advertising dollar using print ads.

                                                    12. Utilize Peer Feedback

                                                    This is especially useful when people who work in teams or groups. While self-assessments can be very useful, the average person is notoriously bad at assessing their own abilities.

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                                                    Just ask a room full of people how many consider themselves to be an above average driver and you’ll see 70% of the hands go up[2]! Now we clearly know that in reality about 25% of drivers are below average, 25% are above average, and 50% are average.

                                                    Are all these people lying? No, they just don’t have an accurate assessment of their own abilities.

                                                    It’s the same in the workplace. Using peer feedback will often provide a more accurate assessment of a person’s ability than a self-assessment would.

                                                    13. Encourage Innovation and Don’t Penalize Failure

                                                    When it comes to productivity, encouraging employee input and adopting their ideas can be a great way to boost productivity. Just make sure that any changes you adopt translate into higher productivity.

                                                    Let’s say that someone comes to you requesting an entertainment budget so that they can take potential customers golfing or out to dinner. By utilizing simple productivity metrics, you can easily produce a cost benefit analysis and either expand the program to the rest of the sales team, or terminate it completely.

                                                    Either way, you have gained valuable knowledge and boosted morale by including employees in the decision-making process.

                                                    14. Use an External Evaluator

                                                    Using an external evaluator is the pinnacle of objective evaluations. Firms that provide professional evaluations use highly trained personnel that even specialize in specific industries.

                                                    They will design a complete analysis of your business’ productivity level. In their final report, they will offer suggestions and recommendations on how to improve productivity.

                                                    While the benefits of a professional evaluation are many, their costs make them prohibitive for most businesses.

                                                    Final Thoughts

                                                    These are just a few of the things you can do when learning how to measure productivity. Some may work for your particular situation, and some may not.

                                                    The most important thing to remember when deciding how to track productivity is to choose a method consistent with your goals. Once you’ve decided on that, it’s just a matter of continuously monitoring your progress, making minor adjustments, and analyzing the results of those adjustments.

                                                    The business world is changing fast, and having the right tools to track and monitor your productivity can give you the edge over your competition.

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