There is a seemingly endless list of tools with which to improve and increase productivity. Which one is better than the other is a subjective call, so simply make a conscious choice and go with it, once you break free from the eternal consideration loop of which one suits your requirements.
To assist you in that choice, and in terms of being more productive generally, there is one law and one principle which each alone can produce excellent results and when combined create infinite possibilities for you and your team to achieve more in less time.
Doing more in less time is one of the holy grails of the business productivity industry. It can also have nice knock-on effects like profitability.
Most important from my perspective is the possibility for a happier workforce that has the time to enjoy both their personal life and professional life.
You probably already know the one principle and the one law.
Pareto’s Principle … is also known as the 80/20 rule and states that roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes; e.g. 80% of the sales comes from 20% of the sales calls, sales people, clients et al
Parkinson’s Law ... is that work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.
Each are great standalone. My approach combines the two in what I refer to as …
Pareto Meets Parkinson
Restrict the time available for 100% completion to that which is normally required for only completion of the 20% causes; then (strive to) achieve 100% completion in the available time still focusing initially on the most productive 20%.
So if you would normally allocate ten units of time (minutes, hours, days, weeks et al) to complete a task, first restrict that to two units of time and then go for completion of the work that you would normally complete in ten units of time focusing on the most product 20% of the work first.