For the past decade, portable digital devices such as mobile phones and tablets have revolutionized the modern workplace and have become ubiquitous, indispensable tools for productivity. However, according to recent national surveys, an average office employee loses 56 minutes a day using their phone for non-work activities - that’s five hours a week of productivity lost.
Digital devices are great for personal use but they can also blur the line between work and leisure. With technology’s ability to distract raising concern in the workplace, there is still a place for whiteboard planners in today’s modern world. Here are five reasons why you should have them in your workplace:
Whiteboard planners are great organizational tools. They can help you organize information by breaking thoughts and ideas into lists - whether it be a checklist, a bulleted list, or a to-do list.
Whiteboard planners help remind you of your priorities so you can keep focused and not waste precious time getting distracted by a constant bombardment of app notifications. By writing down what (and when) certain tasks must be completed, you know exactly what you need to keep focus on.
The best way to reach a goal, whether short-term or long-term, is by tracking the steps needed to achieve it. When you know precisely what you want to do, and where you want to be, making progress becomes a lot easier. Defining goals through written-word gives you aim, purpose, and clarity. Writing them on a highly visible whiteboard planner greatly increases the likelihood that you realize these goals, whatever they may be.
When working on a group project, writing milestones and deadlines on a whiteboard planner helps ensure nothing is missed and all dependencies are identified, especially for working sessions where everyone is physically present.
A whiteboard planner helps you quickly and efficiently plan your most important activities. If changes need to be made, simply erase what you wrote and write them again.
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