3 Ways to Keep Up Productivity Over the Holidays

by Saul Edmonds

3 Simple Ways to Maintain Productivity at Christmas

Each minute is a little thing, and yet, with respect to our personal productivity, to manage the minute is the secret of success.
Joseph B. Wirthlin

Easy Ways to Get Things Done Over The Holidays

The holiday season is a time of the year when everyone in the office is looking forward to time with family, time away from work, and some well needed rest.

However, one of the problems that is just part of the holiday season, is employees experiencing a significant drop in productivity.

In one alarming yet revealing study conducted by CareerBuilder, it was shown that over 50% of employees sneak in holiday shopping while they should be working. Whether on their smartphone or computer, shopping for the holidays rather than working can seriously impact the overall productivity of the business.

While employers understand that their employees are certainly distracted this time of year, companies need to find ways to help keep the focus during this time of year.

Here are three simple things any business owner can do to keep up that productivity throughout the long holiday season:

1. Using the Holiday Season to Your Advantage

Just because the holidays are fast approaching doesn't mean the employer has to roll over and accept the decline in overall employee productivity.

Use the holidays as a way to increase productivity in a fun way.

Why not offer tickets to local sporting or cultural events to the employee who can reach or break a certain sales goal? Or energise the entire sales force and offer quality gift certificates to their favourite shopping centre. The small price of the gift will be nothing compared to the overall increase in all the work force.

2. Encourage Teamwork at the Workplace

This time of year is very stressful for your employees.

They are dealing with working all day, then thinking about finding time to buy holiday gifts and spend more time with the family. All those family obligations can really impact how well an employee can function this time of year.

Stack on top of that a monthly goal that needs to be met, and the stress could actually cause workers to have difficulty even focusing at work.

Use the power of the team to help lessen the stress level and increase productivity at the same time. Break up the employees into small groups, and then make the goals weekly, much smaller than one big monthly goal. Each time a sales team meets or exceeds that weekly goal, reward them with a dinner or bonus to help alleviate some of that holiday stress.

When the sales force feel they can lean on others in the group, it will help them to better cope with their family issues and the upcoming holiday obligations.

3. Giving Employees Time to Recharge

You might be surprised by how much a little relaxation can go in helping increase the overall productivity in the workplace.

During the holidays, an employee probably has more going on than you will ever know.

Dealing with the in-laws coming to stay, declining health of parents, or the stress of trying to make ends meet this month, are all reasons a person will gladly welcome some downtime.

Encourage your employees to take part in an extended coffee break where new coffees or teas can be offered to calm everyone's nerves. Give the employees an afternoon each week where they can leave early and get a jump start on their holiday shopping. If the workplace becomes a more comfortable place, the productivity will certainly rise. Employees will not only be grateful for the time off, they will reward the employer by working harder when they are on the clock.

The bottom line, your employees will work more effectively when they are energised.

The holiday season should be a time of being grateful. Understanding the personal commitments of your employees - and giving them the time they need to lessen the load that they are carrying this holiday season - will certainly go a long way.

HAVE YOU GOT A STRATEGY IN PLACE TO MAINTAIN PRODUCTIVITY THIS SEASON?

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How to Become a TimeLord

by Saul Edmonds
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‘A man who dares to waste one hour of life has not discovered the value of life.’ Charles Darwin

The successful management of texts / emails takes times. Yet when our devices form the centre of our business process, a conflict may emerge wherein our productivity, management and other relationships suffer.

Electronic communication or electronic distraction?

In our ever tightening spiral of commitments both business and personal - how do we find equilibrium?

The Gentle Art of Selfish Time Management

Time is a precious commodity. Time management an art. The establishment of ‘me time’ within a busy work schedule increases the value of this commodity and is essential in the delivery of quality creative and personal outcomes.

Make Every Second Count

Value your time. Use a daily calendar to establish set times for processing texts and messages. Consider each day as a sacred opportunity for creativity and growth. Discover the many benefits of proactive time management. Prioritise you.

Less stress and more creativity.

Just stop giving your time away for free.

(And make sure you always get something back.)


Contact Roundhouse Now! 
Book an obligation free consultation to find out more and learn how to leverage mobile technology to grow your opportunities and business revenue.

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Get to know Saul Edmonds & Roundhouse

As Creative Director & Roundhouse Founder Saul Edmonds has over 20 years professional design and digital experience. 

He is an expert on Brand, Website and App Development. He has worked with clients across all industry groups - including startups, small business, government and entrepreneurs - on projects of all sizes and budgets.

Saul and his team can help you grow your business and discover new possibilities with :

  • strategic brand design
  • web design & development
  • app design and development 
  • digital marketing 
  • creative engagement 

    Saul Edmonds believes that every project begins with a story. 

    Saul and his team offer a one to one, tailored service - where he works with you closely to develop innovative solutions that will take your business to the next level. 

    Find out how Saul can help you turn your ideas into reality.

    Book an obligation free consultation with Saul Edmonds for ideas and strategies to take your business or project to the next level. Click here to arrange your booking.

    Phone : +617 1300 727 749
    email : us@roundhouse.cc

    • Learn about our web design here.
    • Learn about our app development here.
    • See our brand and logo portfolio here.

    Connect with Saul Edmonds on Linkedin here or Google+ here.
    Connect with Roundhouse on Google+ here.

    Email and Un-Productivity

    by Saul Edmonds
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    ‘Never give a sword to a man who can’t dance.’

    (Confucius)

    The successful management of texts / emails takes times. Yet when our devices form the centre of our business process, a conflict may emerge wherein our productivity, management and other relationships suffer.

    Electronic communication can become a distraction.

    Emails and texts are typically prioritised when beginning work each day.

    A browsing experience can often begin with a slow perusal of new emails.

    Time can become compromised as we caught by a rising tide of ‘urgent’ requests for our attention.

    Some Tips to Get Control of your Email

    - Establish a ‘no mail’ rule first thing in the morning. (No Easy Thing)

    Focus instead on achieving a concrete work goal that sets the tone for a productive workday.

    - Save time by restricting your email viewing to set times each day. Break the habit of constant checking.

    - Reframe the nagging desire to be on top of everything at once. Use your time to order activities to suit yourself. Assert control and reap the rewards of greater productivity and achievement.

    Electronic Communication should be viewed as a tool that requires both discipline and practice if it is to be a sword wielded wisely in our daily life.


    Contact Roundhouse Now! 
    Book an obligation free consultation to find out more and learn how to leverage mobile technology to grow your opportunities and business revenue.

    Saulke (1).png

    Get to know Saul Edmonds & Roundhouse

    As Creative Director & Roundhouse Founder Saul Edmonds has over 20 years professional design and digital experience. 

    He is an expert on Brand, Website and App Development. He has worked with clients across all industry groups - including startups, small business, government and entrepreneurs - on projects of all sizes and budgets.

    Saul and his team can help you grow your business and discover new possibilities with :

    • strategic brand design
    • web design & development
    • app design and development 
    • digital marketing 
    • creative engagement 

      Saul Edmonds believes that every project begins with a story. 

      Saul and his team offer a one to one, tailored service - where he works with you closely to develop innovative solutions that will take your business to the next level. 

      Find out how Saul can help you turn your ideas into reality.

      Book an obligation free consultation with Saul Edmonds for ideas and strategies to take your business or project to the next level. Click here to arrange your booking.

      Phone : +617 1300 727 749
      email : us@roundhouse.cc

      • Learn about our web design here.
      • Learn about our app development here.
      • See our brand and logo portfolio here.

      Connect with Saul Edmonds on Linkedin here or Google+ here.
      Connect with Roundhouse on Google+ here.

      The Ultimate System for Music Productivity

      by Saul Edmonds
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      Making Time to Make Music or How to ‘Do’

      Writing music is a hard task. Creative practice is a discipline. All good work takes time. But when time is an increasingly scare commodity, we need to develop support systems that best maintain workflow and get the job done.

      The ultimate system for music productivity is that system which gives you space to create. This space is a place of freedom (from distraction). Here, great things happen.

      The Art of Introversion

      It takes work to make work. Creative work is oftentimes an antisocial pursuit - being the exclusive exchange between artist and medium. Yet, it is through the product of this exchange (work) that  the musician /artist is able to communicate with others in an authentic way.

      We are defined by our use of time. As musicians, we are defined by the music we make.

      • A creative must create.
      • And then create more.
      • The art of making time.
      • We must strive to delight in the process, as the spoils of war belong to others.
      • Art / music is made for the world and its people.

      Eco-flow. A sustainable way to work.

      Eco flow is the organic movement of action and idea. It is the timely space within a creative intention.It carries the notion of engaging meaningfully in work where attention is focused on both creative process and outcome. Productivity is best achieved by sustainable means.

      The best productivity system is a simple strategy to serve your eco-flow.

      1. The Upshot - outcome/ endpoint/ endgame. Define your target. What is the goal? : perhaps -finish the song / finish the mix/ design the artwork ect. Be specific (very). What is the timeframe?

      2. Break it Down - Each work is inevitably defined by the successful completion of small tasks that make the whole. Make lists. Be systematic. Keep it simple. I find ongoing value in the ‘a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step’ idea.

      3. Feedback - Check your progress. Draw a straight line from your actions to the upshot. Self review - have you moved forward? Refresh the page / system. Empty the trash.

      Any productivity system forces the user to become more self-aware - and that’s a good thing.

      As musicians we must align our dreams within the complexities of daily life if we are to succeed. ‘The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.’  (Emile Zola)

      How do you make time in your life to be your creative best?


      Contact Roundhouse Now! 
      Book an obligation free consultation to find out more and learn how to leverage mobile technology to grow your opportunities and business revenue.

      Saulke (1).png

      Get to know Saul Edmonds & Roundhouse

      As Creative Director & Roundhouse Founder Saul Edmonds has over 20 years professional design and digital experience. 

      He is an expert on Brand, Website and App Development. He has worked with clients across all industry groups - including startups, small business, government and entrepreneurs - on projects of all sizes and budgets.

      Saul and his team can help you grow your business and discover new possibilities with :

      • strategic brand design
      • web design & development
      • app design and development 
      • digital marketing 
      • creative engagement 

        Saul Edmonds believes that every project begins with a story. 

        Saul and his team offer a one to one, tailored service - where he works with you closely to develop innovative solutions that will take your business to the next level. 

        Find out how Saul can help you turn your ideas into reality.

        Book an obligation free consultation with Saul Edmonds for ideas and strategies to take your business or project to the next level. Click here to arrange your booking.

        Phone : +617 1300 727 749
        email : us@roundhouse.cc

        • Learn about our web design here.
        • Learn about our app development here.
        • See our brand and logo portfolio here.

        Connect with Saul Edmonds on Linkedin here or Google+ here.
        Connect with Roundhouse on Google+ here.

        by Saul Edmonds