Jan has provided us with practical, valuable advice. Working with CTC Productivity has increased my firm's overall efficiency by at least 30%. Money and time well spent!
Douglas Brown, Brown & Carlson
Our team walked away with many action items to save us time: more efficient use of emails, more effective meetings, and increased focus time through time management best practices.
Wendi Breuer, SeaChange
During a CEO peer group session, a member told us how just one tip Jan suggested could positively impact the way his entire company operated.  He said, "That right there is a multi-million dollar idea."
Tom McDougall, High Point Networks
Jan is great at listening, sorting out the problems and providing practical advice with follow-up steps. I found her coaching to be a great way to boost my personal effectiveness and that of our team.
Jim Schowalter, MN Council of Health Plans
Jan has a talent for quickly identifying strengths, weaknesses and realistic areas for improvement.
Michael Opack, Heacox, Hartman, Koshmrl, Cosgriff, & Johnson P.A.

In this virtual world we see three main issues impacting productivity and stress:

  • Communication Challenges: With people working different hours to manage the
    kids at home and other responsibilities, team members are unsure when they should
    reach out and often don’t. That stifles communication and holds up progress.
  • Interruptions: Though chat, texts, and phone calls help you connect, they are
    disruptive when you want to focus on your most important work.
  • Boundaries: People are working too much and don’t know when to end their day.

Use your calendar as a communication tool

Update your calendar permissions so everyone can see your calendar. Mark confidential appointments private.

Keep your calendar updated and tell everyone to look at it before contacting you.

Block your calendar for your “End of Day”. People need a virtual cue that you have left the office for today.

Add “Focus Time” hours when you do not want to be disturbed. This is the virtual equivalent to having your door closed at the office.

Add “Office Hours” like your professors had at college. This is when people can “pop in” with instant messages, texts, or calls. The virtual equivalent to “my door is open”.

Share these tips with your entire team (click here for the PDF article) and you’ll be amazed at how you improve communication challenges, interruptions, and boundary issues.

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  • Sustain a culture of productivity in your business.
  • Develop leadership productivity tips that can be implemented immediately!
  • Learn best practices to effectively manage time, talent, and technology.

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