Juliet FuntWhiteSpace & Productivity

Lesson 1: WhiteSpace

In this GrowthTrack, Juliet Funt will help you increase your productivity by attacking unproductive busyness and employing WhiteSpace strategies.

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In order to work in a more productive and sane manner, the first step is to make a conscious decision to take control of your work processes.


Breaking the Cycle of Busyness

Juliet Funt explains how you can take control of your workday and break the cycle of unproductive busyness.


WhiteSpace 50/50 Rule: 50% of anything that bothers you at work is your fault unless you have asked for what you want.

—Juliet Funt

Identify the work activities or processes that create unproductive busyness in your life. What would be “one safe contrary action” you could start today to begin to break the cycle?


1. Take the WhiteSpace Assessment and then review your responses:

  • Note the questions where you rated yourself highly. These are potential strengths to lean into.
  • Note the questions where you rated yourself lower. These are potential areas to improve.


2. Calendar it! Block time in your calendar to go through this course—5 minutes per week over the next 4 weeks.



Use the scale below to rate yourself.

1 – Never True of Me
2 – Rarely True of Me
3 – Sometimes True of Me
4 – Mostly True of Me
5 – Always True of Me


Assessment Questions:

1.  In a typical workday, I have a good flow of emails, meetings and phone calls and am able to get to my necessary work.

2. In a typical workday, I spend less than thirty minutes of my time on non-productive busywork.

3. In a typical workday, spend less than thirty minutes of my time in meetings where I am not a necessary contributor.

4. In my workplace, I am a champion for simpler processes and communication in order to make our team more productive.

5. I use a batch email strategy, devoting specific time during my day or week to handle email all at once.

6. I resist the urge to check email throughout the day.

7. I keep an ongoing list (a “yellow list”) of discussion topics for each of my team members to cut down on email overflow.

8. I resist the urge to send an email when a short meeting would be quicker or more productive.

9. I can distinguish between matters that are tactically time sensitive vs. those that are emotionally time sensitive.

10. In a busy season, my teammates would say that I successfully deliver on the projects that are time-sensitive and table those that are not.

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