OPINION!plus Google Sales Director Fionnuala Meehan: Productivity as a conscious decision

Fionnuala Meehan is Sales-Director at Google Ireland in Dublin. In an interview, she tells how she manages her workload with energy management.

Fionnuala Meehan is Irish. She studied European Studies in Ireland and completed one academic year in Freiburg. That's why she speaks so well German, After this Study  she spent five years in customer service at Best Western Hotels, then moved to AOL for another five years and is now with Google. Meehan is married and has three children.

Google is well-known for the fact that employees are already starting work on the road: where do you start your job?

I also start on the road, on the train - with the eMails. Because overnight are numerous eMails arrived from Mountain View, which I work off first.

If I get in at 8 a.m Office come, I have mostly Meetings with the colleagues from Google in India, because that's lunchtime there and therefore a good time for it. The meetings with colleagues from the USA, on the other hand, take place in the afternoon.

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How do you cope with the demands of a company like Google?

I am very neat and organized and can fast Make decisions. With 20 years of professional experience, I have also learned my Energy to control and Problems leave it in the office to switch off and continue working on it the next day.

What tools and productivity methods do you use at work?

Google Docs I find ideal for collaboration. As I work with people from Asia, London, Hamburg and the USA, we can gather and discuss the many different views and opinions here perfectly.

In addition, I make lists to keep track of my Tasks to win and prioritize. Every Monday I make to-do lists for the week and write down what's really important - and what's just nice to have. I always have a notepad with me for new ideas. I also tried it with an iPad – but for me writing down tasks is a very personal process, it works best on paper.

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Where do you prefer to work?

In the office. I rarely take work home with me. If so, then I only deal with phone calls from home. It's important to me that I have another life besides Google and, for example, every day at 18 p.m. with mine Family eat dinner. So 16 or 17 p.m. is the end of the day for me. I don't work at all on weekends.

Is not that difficult in a company like Google?

It is true that Google's requirements for the Employees are very high. You are expected to do your job well and completely; however, there is no pressure to be in the office for a certain number of hours. It's mainly my own conscious decision, how long I work and when I can be reached.

Colleagues accept that because I agree with them clear communicate. Because only when I switch off can I fully concentrate on Google in the office. That's why I don't spend my free time with colleagues. The fact that I have children also makes it easier for me to switch off.

How do you manage a stressful workday?

I change the subject and let a problem sit until I come up with a better one Idea have to. Or I discuss the idea with colleagues from all over the world Welt – that's the great thing about Google, that we have very good people here. It is also important not to sit at a desk all day. I go for a walk or fetch water from time to time.

And how do you manage to remain productive in the long term?

It is important for me to have a good energy balance - eg by taking breaks and holidays regularly. We also have seminars here in the office. In addition, my work experience helps me to organize my time better.

How many hours do you sleep per night?

I usually go to bed between 22.30 clock and 23 clock and stand around 6.15 clock. I sleep mostly 7 to 8 hours. Less does not work, then I can not work more efficiently.

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