Human at Work or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Get Better at My Job

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014


  • David Cameron – Ithaca College

Location: Skyline II

Where does our time go? Somewhere in the middle of our overlapping project deadlines, meetings, and daily emails, we are all just trying to do good work, but it’s hard to keep up. We do our best to stay organized with productivity apps and calendars and “lifehacks” but in the end we are humans and easily distracted by funny videos of cats — how can we be expected to actually get stuff done each day? It all comes down to habits. The way we check our email, where and when we have lunch, how we take notes in meetings — understanding and changing our work habits is the key to unlocking our productivity, and finding a better work-life balance. I struggled with managing my own workload for years until I started analyzing my personal productivity habits and researching ways I could improve. I found that small changes in the way that I use email, schedule my time, and manage my tasks, not only made me more productive but also led to improved communication and productivity for my team. I’ll show you how some simple changes in the structure of my days and a new approach my work have helped me start replacing bad habits with good ones, and get better at my job. And I’ll teach you how to evaluate your own habits, make focused productivity part of every day, and become a healthier, happier, and way-less-stressed human with way more time for enjoying all those cat videos you crave.


  • A case study (of myself)
  • Fell into social media role.
  • Wasn’t prepared for High Ed
    • Shifting responsibilities
    • Staffing turnovers
    • Changes in strategic priorities
    • etc..

5 goals for being a productive human

  1. Be honest. (be honest with yourself)
    1. Desktime/rescuetime – tell you what you spend your time on.
    2. Be honest with others.
  2. Be unafraid
    1. Mistakes are how we learn
    2. Let go of irrational fears
    3. It’s east to be overwhelmed.
  3. Be mindful
    1. Don’t let your tools use you
    2. 30%ish time spent on email
    3. Tasks – get them out of your head.
    4. No meeting mondays!
  4. Be nice

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