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5 Ways Creative Teams Can Boost Productivity - Creative teams are overwhelmed by deadlines, emails, client requests, feedback to implement. How can creative teams ensure that they stay productive amidst the chaos of a work day? Here are 5 strategies that will help boost your team's productivity.

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5 Ways Creative Teams Can Boost Productivity

  1. 1. Photo by smbuckley23 - Creative Commons Attribution License
  2. 2. Photo by Sister Ray - Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License It's not uncommon for creative teams to feel overwhelmed, miscommunicate, and then lose track of responsibilities on a project — especially if everything is only verbally communicated in meetings.
  3. 3. Photo by HeyThereSpaceman. - Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License It is important to be able to recognize what your team struggles with and know how to fix it. Here are 5 ways you can boost your team's productivity:
  4. 4. Photo by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center - Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License
  5. 5. Photo by NASA Goddard Photo and Video - Creative Commons Attribution License In a study1 on virtual teams, 80 teams from the United States, South America, Europe, and Asia proved that virtual teams can perform with higher efficiency and increased productivity using the “Follow the Sun” process.
  6. 6. Photo by Stuck in Customs - Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License Using this process means that as the end of the work day arrives for some team members, their tasks are handed off to teammates in a different time zone, so that work keeps going while some team members sleep.
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  8. 8. If you feel like you have one or two people on your team who perform best, it's tempting to just give them all the responsibility. However, this can lead them to feel overwhelmed and might make other members of the team feel dispensable.
  9. 9. Photo by smswigart - Creative Commons Attribution License Try to assign tasks based on strengths or skills your team members wish to sharpen.   Soon enough, your entire team roster will be full of all-stars!
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  11. 11. Photo by Jer Kunz - Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License Created with Haiku Deck Team meetings are great for project kickoffs and initial brainstorming sessions, but frequent meetings can quickly become a time sink.
  12. 12. Photo by Florian SEROUSSI - Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License Creative teams need to communicate throughout project execution, so questions can be answered right as they come up.
  13. 13. One of our most recognizable customers, Redfoo, is constantly traveling and often unable to attend team meetings. His uses Wrike with his team to manage his music and clothing businesses, so he is able to frequently check project updates on his phone via the Wrike mobile app. Click Here! Watch the full Redfoo interview here
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  15. 15. Photo by kristina sohappy - Creative Commons Attribution License Studies2 show that it's ideal to have a 50/50 gender mix on a business team. One reason is because both men and women tend to struggle with contributing confidently when they are in the minority.
  16. 16. It's also good to have a mix of personality traits on your creative team. This allows for diversity in thinking and communicating, and it broadens the creative boundaries of the team.
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  18. 18. After the round of high-fives, go back through your process and evaluate what worked and what didn't.
  19. 19. What communication fell through? How can wecommunicate better? Was this the most effective way to share designs? Did everyone haveenough time tocomplete their tasks?
  20. 20. Let’s get productive! You’re now equipped with the right tools for creative productivity! Click here for more tips on improving productivity!
  21. 21. Sources:   1   2   Images:   Photo  by  Tom  Treanor   Photo  by  Ashley  Coombs  (edits  made)   Photo:  (edits  made)   Photo  by  Nana  B  Agyei  (edits  made)