There are never enough hours in a day. We all know that. Most days I wish that I could split myself in two or add at least another three hours to my day, but since that’s not an option I will just have to become more efficient. So looking for documents or searching through a long list of archived or even just yesterday’s emails are things that I can do without. I’m sure you’ll agree with me. Andy Mulholland Global Chief Technology Officer at Capgemini does. He says that emails cost companies too much time and money.

Then there is the glamorous business of travelling for work. Well at least that’s what I used to think, before I actually had to do it. It was an idea that died faster than the shocking pink trousers trend I embraced during the eighties. A trend that I see has made a comeback. A trend that I will definitely avoid this time around. But I digress, travelling for business, something i need to reduce to become more efficient.

Not only does it take you away from your friends and family, but it also impacts on your diet, not to mention your beauty sleep when you travel across time zones or take the red eye. Businesses are out of pocket. They need to fork out for the hotel, restaurant, flights and potential entertainment.

Collaboration can help you save on both time and travel helping you to become more efficient. You can speak with your colleagues through a discussion forum or brainstorm with clients using a white board without leaving your desk – be it from your study at home or from your workstation on your business premises. Finding those elusive emails and documents can become as easy to pressing a button, and just as quick. Your customers will find you more approachable, you will get gold stars from your boss, and finally, you will get a good night’s sleep in your own bed with your own cushion under your head.

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