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It’s Monday, you’re driving into work revisiting what was left unfinished on Friday. Remembering the three meetings you know will last at least 30 minutes, and all other aspirations you have for completion this week.

You walk in the door, you have 13 client emails all asking something of you, three emails that need to be addressed and six voicemails that all need research into running projects for an accurate return call. How do you deal?

Let us guide you through resources we have found effective in managing duties of your day. Forbes.com says:

  • Seek help/delegate with a deadline expectation.
  • Do not get sucked into unnecessary meetings.
  • Create a to-do list. Visualize progress, make deadlines, and start with the most dreadful task.
  • Take mind breaks (actually increases productivity). Productivity is not measured by the number of hours you sit at a desk. It is measured by how much you get done.
  • Weed out distractions (disconnect, if possible)

Adding to this list in entrepreneur.com:

  • Set your schedule for the next day the night before you leave the office.
  • Keep your work space clean and clear of clutter.

Businessnewsdaily.com had a great addition to our productivity solutions:

  • Streamline and personalize your workspace.

Many of the above resources include suggestions to increase productivity, is it because these are foolproof ways to improve the timeline of your day? Maybe, but considering each could speed your day up or down based on your industry. We recommend to take what works for you from this information and reduce stress from your workday.

Do Not Miss These Insights on Maintenance

Maintaining equipment properly is a common struggle for companies as equipment maintenance duties funnel down to even the smallest man on the totem pole. What is your company doing to ensure that everyone has the company as a whole in mind when utilizing and caring for company equipment?

We have taken insights from industry leaders to provide you with more information in a snap shot. Plantengineering.com says, “Develop strategies with preventative, predictive, and reactive maintenance in mind.

“If you use preventive maintenance in conjunction with a predictive and reactive maintenance strategy, you can control costs while managing downtime and maximizing uptime. While a reactive case is unplanned, you should be able to plan your work and work your plan for preventive maintenance. If you know you have a contract with a service provider and have scheduled maintenance, you can ensure the provider shows up on time and that you have the parts ready to go (plan for parts to be delivered a day ahead of time). Then, you can maximize the service provider's time on the equipment, avoid wait time and get your equipment back in service more quickly.”

Warrencat.com offers a checklist of equipment management solutions:

  • Train operators best practices.
  • Monitor your equipment location and activities.
  • Examine how machines run and condition.
  • Plan for potential or necessary repairs before a problem occurs, to avoid failure or delays in projects timeline.
  • Anticipate life cycle of equipment.
  • Estimate operating costs effectively.
  • Commit to preventative maintenance.
  • Inspect equipment daily.
  • Monitor fluids.
  • Compare cost of onsite maintenance vs. in shop repairs.
  • Use checklists.
  • Don’t skimp on quality.
  • Form a downtime plan.

Whomever you are in an organization don’t discard your influence to make money and time sensitive solution suggestions. Take time to educate yourself to influence the industry and hold your company to high standards. Speak up and offer solutions.

Savings You Can Tell Your Boss About

If the role you play at the company you work for determines budgets we have compiled diverse information we think you should consider before diving into the 2018 year.

Facilitiesnet.com offers an article with insight on the distinction between discretionary and consequential costs, “many senior executives seem to not understand that a lot of facility costs are not discretionary… in the long term (sometimes not-so-long term) many facilities costs are consequential costs.”

Consider an equipment covering, a company that invests in a covering will get a longer life out of the equipment which means less cost over time protecting company goods against outside elements. When considering a cover potentially spending more on custom features to offer better overall protection, higher grade materials, and ease of use may mean a longer lasting cover and the cover will perform better when in use.

Another article from facilitiesnet.com jumps into other items to consider with budgeting for the New Year upon us.

  1. “Utilize technology” – the cost in efficiency may save over time in the long run. Connect with industry leaders using technology to ensure it is a true fit before making the investment.
  2. Communicate and grow a green culture – more energy efficient and greener can help reduce costs while ensuring everyone becomes more environmentally conscious.”
  3. “Work with nature” – during winter allow natural light for heat. In the summer creating custom covering can cool and decrease energy use in the summer months.
  4. “Don’t overlook the little things – these things are a part of a bigger picture. Examples include: turning off vending lights, changing filter screens, proper temperature refrigeration, window leaks, etc.”

Cutting Costs can be highly effective if processed with all industry factors in mind. Hopefully we offered solutions you can bring to budget meetings for 2018.