Top 5 Productivity Tips From Creative Agencies Just Like You

I have too much time…” said no one ever. In my last blog, I wrote about unproductive habits in the creative industry.

This time, I have gathered what I consider as the top 5 productivity tips from other creative agencies. In no particular order, let’s see what they have to say.

1. Red Rocket

The article that comes to mind is about teamwork. Resonating the fact that they grew from a “two-person start-up to employing many talented individuals,” strong and well managed teamwork kept them competitive.

“To remain competitive in our fast-paced marketplace, we need to work efficiently and effectively. This doesn’t mean everybody doing the same thing or everybody being able to do each other’s jobs. It’s about creating synergy in our working environment, where the sum is greater than the parts.”

Check out the post for more goodies.

2. Hootsuite

When it comes to productivity, they pointed out the issues around using email. Their post, Why Email is a Productivity Killer, outlines how a 4 decade old technology has shortcomings, including:

  • Email is a time killer
  • Email is not built for collaboration
  • Knowledge gets trapped in the Inbox
  • Email doesn’t have social or viral potential
  • Email is terrible for document sharing

Check out the full post.

3. Dragon Rouge

“Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day…”, to borrow from an article by Dragon Rouge. Dragon Rouge enforces the philosophy of teaching your employees the brand of the company rather than handing them a brand handbook.

“This means creating a meaningful relationship between businesses and all the people that work for them. Relationships built on a shared sense of purpose and values, where employees instinctively know what to do with the brand, because they have been given the tools to make decisions in their daily work.”

When an employee instinctively knows the brand it yields productivity as a positive side effect.

4. Level 7 Creative

Along the lines of my previous blog post about picking wisely when it comes to social media, Level 7 Creative echoes a similar thought. The amusing post titled “Just Sharing My Thoughts About Sharing” encompasses the time costs invested in the multiple platforms available.

‘My Twitter post is “I want to eat a cheeseburger”, Facebook is “I ate a cheeseburger”, Foursquare is “This is where I ate my cheeseburger,”  Instagram is “This is my cheeseburger, but now it looks more edible”,  YouTube is “Watch me eating this cheeseburger”, Linkedin is “I’m well-versed in eating cheeseburgers”,  Google + is “let’s eat cheeseburgers together”, Pinterest is “This is why I’m inspired to eat cheeseburgers” ‘

It’s so true.

5. Three Deep Marketing

Lastly, when it comes to productivity tools, Three Deep Marketing has written an article for bloggers. Their list of tools include

  • Evernote
  • Skitch
  • Desktop WordPress Editors
  • WordPress SEO

Make sure everyone on your team is making the best use of their time by starting with well-written creative briefs. Download our free creative brief templates to keep your projects in scope from start to finish.

This article was contributed by former Function Point employee, Gary Tong.

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