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I’m not being flippant here in suggesting that being happy is my “hack”. When the editors of LinkedIn sent out the brief requesting our insights into the productivity hacks that we use, I looked at all the things I do, from shared document reporting, to online diary requests systems… All of these add consistently to being productive. The Cloud has transformed the way I work – and not just my productivity but that of all those around me at RedBalloon.

The reality is that we can talk about productivity tips and tricks all we like – but unless somebody chooses to use them, it is worth “diddly squat” (I think that is an Australianism meaning “two tenths of nothing” – oops another Australianism – I mean it has no value at all.)

We have all read many a post on “10 tips to take you to the top” or “25 things successful people do”. Yet how many of these do we actually apply? Somehow all of us think that everybody else is far more productive and having a better time than we are. The grass is always greener.

So as I thought deeply about the topic at hand (because I am highly productive). I wondered what the deeper reason for my productivity is.

Perhaps it is that every morning as we sip our first coffee of the day, my partner and I reflect on “What is the purpose of the day?”, “What are we grateful for?”, and “What did we discover yesterday?” This reflection takes but a few minutes – and we are investing in our day.

Or maybe it is the little list that I write that simply says “I cannot go to bed tonight until I…”. Sometimes there is only one thing on that list.

You can see what I am saying here – my productivity comes from the headspace I’m in. So as you read all the tips and tricks in the series of Hacks – remember one thing: Happy people are creative, productive people.

Be happy then you will be able to apply lots of the Hacks!

In short, happy people equal happy profits. Happy employees are simply more productive – and that can only be a good thing for business – but also great for you as the employee.

Thomas Wright, professor at Fordham University, claims employee happiness accounts for as much as 10-15 percent of the variance in performance between different employees. In a 40-hour week that could mean more than three-quarters of an hour in lost productivity, every day.

Happiness is a powerful key in maximising productivity in the workplace. Gallup tells us that disengaged (unhappy) workers cost billions in lost productivity, whereas engaged (happy) employees are more profitable, more customer-focused, safer and more likely to stick around. In fact, organisations with a happy workforce have 20 percent higher profits (and a profitable company has greater resources to support its employees – so the cycle continues). At work, happy people are:

  • 31 percent more productive
  • 40 percent more likely to receive a promotion (people like happy people)
  • Less absent, with 23 percent fewer fatigue symptoms
  • Up to 10 percent more engaged at work
  • Able to sell more – happy sales people produce 37 percent greater sales

Work for most of us is a big part of our lives. It takes up the majority of our waking hours. So being happy at work is my #1 hack suggestion. It takes consistent and conscious effort to choose being happy… and the rest will follow.

It is why I love what we are doing at team Redii… I truly believe that everyone is entitled to a great day at work – and a little recognition goes a long way.

This first appeared as part of my LinkedIn Influencer Collection

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  • Happiness:
Think less, Feel more;
Frown less, Smile more;
Judge less, Accept more;
Watch less, Do more;
Complain less, Appreciate more;
Fear less, Love more....
Give it a crack 😎on a weekend like this what's to stop you! #naturalbeauty #happiness
  • Friday drinks must be here soon surely ... or I'm out! #friyay
  • In the 90s I left my cushy job at Apple.

I’d be a squillionaire if I still had my stock options.

I don’t regret it. Here's why:

After 10 years of corporate, I wanted to ‘do my own thing’. I started with freelance marketing.

My strategy? Hard work and build strong brands.

It seemed to work - new clients came from referrals.

But after 18 months, I came to a realisation:

All my clients wanted was “more customers”, not complex branding plans.

SO I thought I’d build a brand of my own. Something to get them “more customers”. RedBalloon was born. The purpose? Give people amazing experiences.

16 years on, RB has delivered 3.8 million customers to 2000 small businesses.

Now, when I give talks, I always get the same question: “How did you build such a strong brand?” Funny how it comes full circle.

I can’t answer that with a time limit.

Though I think I found a way - an online course. “How to Build your Business Brand” - years of experience in one place (link in bio if interested). But, that’s not the point of this post.

If I stayed with Apple I’d be unbelievably wealthy.

Quitting was still the best thing I’ve ever done.

So if you want to take a leap of faith, do it.

All I ask you is this:

Trust yourself and never underestimate the power of brand.
  • #tbt the originals circa 2004 🎈 it reminds that an entrepreneurs journey is long and full of twists and turns. What a ride! @redballoonexperiences
  • I have always been rushing! I need to remind myself of this one regularity. I'm intentional, not frenetic. Choose the one thing that needs to get done to make everything easier! #inspiration


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