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Most of us are again hope­fully work­ing fruit­ful changes for our progress. I sup­pose some of us, like me, sound like a bro­ken record al­ready through the years by say­ing the same things: the need to change our life­styles, our mind­sets and our choices be­cause the path we have been on is not bring­ing us closer to our goals.

Be­ing fruit­ful wherein pro­duc­ing a lot of use­ful re­sults, is es­sen­tial but a dif­fi­cult task. There are many things every­where that we need to ar­range, change, re­move or de­stroy to work pro­duc­tively so that we can de­liver our best ev­ery­day. They drain our en­ergy but un­for­tu­nately, some of us adapt to these poor set­ups and live with them as if there is no prob­lem.

May we take a look around us and se­ri­ously as­sess our work spa­ces and see if the fol­low­ing el­e­ments drain our pro­duc­tiv­ity:

*Poor Fil­ing Sys­tems. Please cut the messy state of things that are not be­ing used at present, be­cause it is dif­fi­cult to con­tinue the nor­mal way of do­ing one’s job well and mak­ing the best use of time, money, en­ergy, etc. It is ad­vis­able to move old files into a se­cured store­room with a proper fil­ing sys­tem that would make it easy to lo­cate when we need them.

*Dis­trac­tions and Poor Workspaces. Noises from co-work­ers, clack­ing key­boards, loud con­ver­sa­tions, peo­ple com­ing in and out of doors, speak­er­phones and all the noise pol­lu­tions caused by poorly de­signed workspaces. Per­haps the space is clut­tered and move­ment is hin­dered. All these el­e­ments re­duce pro­duc­tiv­ity and may even cause low morale.

*Poor Com­pany Cul­ture. Reeval­u­ate and re-check and in­spect your workspaces. Or­ga­ni­za­tions that do not in­vest in grow­ing and devel­op­ing their peo­ple will al­ways find them op­er­at­ing in medi­ocrity. They spend lot of time gos­sip­ing, dis­cussing en­ter­tain­ment and sports, while others keep on play­ing video games or go­ing on Facebook dur­ing work­ing hours. Some­times, pro­duc­tiv­ity in­crease when we just clean up and clear up our work­ing space and create a cul­ture of per­for­mance the way any good or­ga­ni­za­tion is sup­posed to be.

*Ob­so­lete Tech­nol­ogy. Com­put­ers, print­ers, soft­ware that have out­lived their use­ful­ness, hav­ing to wait 30 seconds or more just to get im­ages loaded, saved and slow in­ter­net con­nec­tions which drain our en­ergy can pre­vent pro­duc­tiv­ity. The investment in new equip­ment or a soft­ware up­grade can eas­ily be re­cov­ered through faster and more pro­duc­tive work­flow.

*Poorly Run Meet­ings. This is con­sid­ered the big­gest fac­tor why not much work is be­ing done. Have pre­pared agenda, keep meet­ings short and ef­fec­tive. Per­haps some meet­ings are not even needed. Just con­verse or share doc­u­ments as this would save so much time.

May the above guide­lines build pas­sion to in­crease our pro­duc­tiv­ity and to find pur­pose in this dig­i­tal econ­omy, thus, to live a mean­ing­ful life.

My heart­felt thanks to Dr. Carlo An­to­nio D. Romero for the op­er­a­tion of my right-eye cataract and the un­der­stand­ing sup­port of his staff. Thank you also for your prayers for its suc­cess which I needed so much.

[Email: dr.nirm­la_­mo­toomull@ ya­hoo.com]

DA Sec­re­tary Em­manuel Pi­nol ex­plained to farm­ers, fish­er­folks the pro­cesses for the avail­ment of loan as­sis­tance for typhoon af­fected res­i­dents of Lanao del Norte. He also stated his sen­ti­ments against rice traders who have been tak­ing ad­van­tage to farm­ers with their huge money mak­ing.

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