May 24, 2017
We all want to work smarter, not harder—all while getting the results we desire. For many tasks, however, it’s not just how you perform them, but when—and timing can make all the difference in terms of success. To help you make the most of the following common business-related scenarios, here’s some expert advice:
Research from WhenIsGood.net indicates that only 1 in 3 employees is likely to attend a Monday morning meeting. With this in mind, it’s time to shift to a different day and time combination. Tuesday afternoon is actually one of the best times to hold a meeting because it is far enough away from the “end of the week rush” and people have had a chance to catch up on any tasks leftover from the week before.
Making a Big Decision
Researchers from Columbia Business School have found that judges hearing cases make the most consistent decisions first thing in the morning and again right after lunch, indicating that when you have to weigh your options on a serious matter, you should do so after you have eaten. If you’ve got a tough choice to make, it could be in your best interest to postpone your decision until after you’ve fueled your body and your brain with food.
Interviewing for a Plum Position
Like many things that require focus and energy, scheduling a job interview in the morning will help to improve your performance and, potentially, your rating from the interviewer. Research teams from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and Harvard Business School studied MBA applicants and found that even when job candidates were equally qualified, those interviewed last received lower scores—whether they deserved them or not.
From a single meeting to making a big decision or career move, it’s important to consider your timing. As the research cited above shows, making the right move at the right time can improve your chances of success.
It’s graduation season, and for many parents that means it’s almost time to start shelling out for college tuition. For those well-prepared parents with established 529 plans in place, the time has come to tap into that money pool. Of course, when it comes to tax-advantaged savings, trust that the IRS is keeping close watch, so it’s important to avoid making any rookie mistakes. It’s also important to keep saving as you move forward.
Having a remote workforce can be challenging, especially if you are trying to build a positive, collaborative work environment. So, how do you create a sense of comradery when you have staff in remote locations? These tips can help:
If you are expecting a refund this year, you may be tempted to splurge on something not-so-practical. Before you do, take some time to think about ways to use your refund to bolster your financial health. We’ve put together a few ideas for you to consider: