Did you set an achievable goal? If you resolved to do something that takes even more of your invaluable time, chances are you’ve set yourself up for failure. Go ahead and tweak your goal—it’s OK. Focus instead on something that gives you time back, something that turns the tables on the odds.
Since Americans spend more time at work than anywhere else, if we can improve efficiency at work, then we can create more time in the day for other activities. One area to explore is your use of what Gartner refers to as Data Discovery. How many hours a day do you spend working off spreadsheets or manually compiling data for presentations?
Imagine if instead you could connect to almost any data source, immediately drag-and-drop information and present it in a way that’s compelling and meaningful to your co-workers? And all within a matter of minutes?
In the recently released 2015 Federal Analytics Study, Market Connections surveyed federal decision makers on their use of analytics. They found a direct correlation between the number of data sources and the amount of staff hours required to manually compile that data.
Nearly half of respondents reported that their organization collects data from more than five sources—an effort that consumes over seventy-six hours per month. The study goes on to note that 65% of organizations don’t have an analytics tool in place that can consolidate these sources into one interface.
By adopting efficiency-generating tools like Qlik, you’ll free up time and significantly improve the odds that you’ll make it to the gym in 2016. For many federal employees, improving analytics is a great starting point.
So, who has time for New Year’s resolutions? Turns out, we all do. We just have to pick the right ones.
Have other ideas for getting time back in your day? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Let me know in the comments section below!