4 Things Productive People Do Every Day

Sometimes it feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day. You work hard all day long to get things done. But, what if we told you the key to success was to work smarter, not harder? Meanwhile, there is always that one person in the office that seems to complete a month’s workload in one day and still has time to do laundry when they get home.

So, how do successful people manage to be so productive? Productivity isn’t a direct side-effect of the office coffee pot, although it seems to help. However, to be more productive, you must adopt habits that will keep you industrious. That’s why we made a list of the 4 things productive people do every day.

Make Lists

List-making is the most essential habit to any highly productive person. It’s an easy practice that can make an enormous difference. Making a list will let you to clearly analyze your tasks for the day. Then, you can you can prioritize your tasks. This will also help keep track of your daily progress.

Keeping a to-do list will even relieve stress. You’d be surprised at how amazing it feels to cross a task off your list. We recommend using Trello for digitally managing your tasks. Trello helps you visualize tasks needed to complete a project, make a to-do list, or even plan a vacation.

Rank Tasks in Order of Importance

Extremely productive people somehow make everything seem so streamlined and effortless. It’s because they rank their tasks in order of importance. Try completing your tasks in order of importance to get the most out of your day. People are most productive before 11 a.m. so, do the most urgent and time-consuming tasks in the morning. Later, you can let smaller tasks trickle off your to-do list throughout the day (or tomorrow morning).

Start Daily To-Do Lists Early

We all know that we will have tasks tomorrow, whether they are routine or not. Go ahead and start making tomorrow’s to-do list today. This will help you forecast the week, plan and prevent over-commitment. As soon as you know what day you can complete the task, put it on that day’s list (even if it is next week).

Schedule Distractions

This seems counter-intuitive, right? However, those that are exceedingly efficient schedule breaks into their day. One technique many people use is the Pomodoro Technique. It’s simple and anyone can adopt this technique.

First, refer to your daily to-do list. Simply, break your tasks up into 25-minute increments. Next, set your timer for 25-minutes. Give your full attention to your one task and avoid the urge to multitask or check your email. After 25 minutes have passed, reward yourself with a 5-minute break. Then start over! After 4 Pomodoros, give yourself a 15-minute break.

These exceptionally  effective techniques will help you make the most out of your workday (and your breaks too!)

Family Friday: Heather Sinyard

Meet our next Annual Service Star Spotlight of 2015, Heather Sinyard! Heather has been with Copart for over two and a half years and is currently located at Copart Atlanta East as a Title Clerk.

“When I am away, Heather goes above and beyond to make sure that not only all of our work gets done, but that no seller’s titles get ‘left behind.’ She is truly a service star!” said Kathy Somerville, Seller.

Check out Heather’s interview to learn more about her time and experience with Copart!

 

Copart Celebrates 2016 Q3 Service Star Winners

Join us in congratulating the most recent winners of the Copart Service Star award!

Throughout the year we set out to shine a light on employees from across the organization who go above and beyond their normal duties to offer exceptional customer service.

We are proud to feature our 2016 Q3 Service Star Award winners:

Yard 1 – Aritta “Lynn” McCune Yard 61 – Laura Pack Yard 137 – Nervalisse San Miguel
Yard 2 – Sandra Collins Yard 66 – Briana Wurtz Yard 139 – Sheri Newcomb
Yard 3 – Viridiana Soto Yard 68 – Kristashay Flynn Yard 143 – Michelle Hawkins
Yard 10 – Daniel Huerta Yard 70 – Robin Wilkerson Yard 144 – Sean McCallion
Yard 11 – Lahudyne Candelario Yard 72 – Robin Roney Yard 145 – Teresa Burt
Yard 14 – Morgan Beason Yard 75 – Josh Valdez Yard 146 – Wendy Jackson
Yard 16 – Dennis Tiger Yard 80 – Stephanie Fryer Yard 148 – Daisy Velasquez
Yard 17 – Robert Haggard Yard 81 – Amy Wolf Yard 149 – Chelsea Kellaher
Yard 19 – Chuck Pruitt Yard 87 – Stephen King Yard 154 – Lakisha Brunson
Yard 20 – Robert Walter Yard 88 – Leonard Royster Yard 159 – Karla Lloyd
Yard 21 – Tina White Yard 91 – Lisa Farnon Yard 162 – Shannon Flemming
Yard 23 – Christine Davanzo Yard 92 – Missy Keeney Yard 169 – Kelly Debolt
Yard 25 – Larkin Rood Yard 94 – Shawn Koch Yard 181 – Tammy Yohman
Yard 27 – Katie Brodeur Yard 97 – Rochel Hernandez Yard 201 – Rose Cameron
Yard 28 – Sonni Crespo Yard 98 – Timothy MacDonald Yard 202 – Paula Di Domenico
Yard 30 – Patricia Liquori Yard 102 – Lauren Visocsky Yard 203 – Antica “Tony” Kandic
Yard 31 – Kayla Haines Yard 104 – Ellen Pickar Dept 510 – Paul Van Dine
Yard 32 – Artia Kates Yard 105 – Beatriz Vergara Dept 511 – Yudith Cruz
Yard 34 – Stefanie Carnagey Yard 106 – James Quillin Dept 570 – Jeanette Mendoza
Yard 36 – Jeffrey Miller Yard 107 – Bethany Wilson Dept 578 – Elisha Shepherd
Yard 41 – Rafael Pla Yard 108 – Samantha Sforza Dept 581 – Tamiko Birden
Yard 42 – Eduardo Pagen-Ortega Yard 111 – Colton Peyton Dept 583 – Susan Wilbanks
Yard 44 – Eric Boldt Yard 112 – Dan Smosny Dept 584 – Angela Gillingham
Yard 45 – Maria Duran Yard 114 – Chris Harris Dept 590 – Carlos Lopez
Yard 47 – Ruby Meza Yard 117 – Crystal Watson Dept 709 – William Cupples
Yard 51 – Clint Spradlin Yard 118 – Samantha Crane Dept 710 – Shalee Sardell
Yard 53 – Brian Delmore Yard 128 – Adam Goshorn Dept 715 – Heidi Haugen
Yard 55 – Angela Grisham Yard 134 – Monica Contreras Dept 723 – Stevanus “Steven” Pradipa
Yard 56 – Janice Driggers Yard 135 – Lucybelle Carrasco Dept 740 – Patricia Whitlock
Yard 57 – Cassandra Hayes Yard 136 – Kristina Alexander Network  – Erica Pauli

We continue to be impressed with the number of nominations we receive through our online nomination form.  If you know of an employee who has delivered “5-Star” service please be sure to recognize them by going to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CopartServiceStar and completing the nomination form.

Making Their Mark: IT at Copart

The IT Department at Copart is dedicated to fostering a collaborative environment and always looks for ways to develop cutting edge technology.  But what does that really mean? How is that actually a part of our day-to-day work in the office?

We hosted our first Making Their Mark roundtable event with three of our experienced IT team members, Asma Qureshi, Luke Pfaff and Vladimir Safin to get to know what it’s really like working at Copart. Throughout the week we will feature what they had to say about different aspects of their experience working at Copart as well as what advice they offer IT professionals who want to work at technology companies like Copart.

Today we learn about Asma, Luke and Vladimir’s honest opinion about what it’s like to work at Copart. They were asked: Besides the cool toys and platforms you get to work on, why do you work at Copart?

img_0626Asma Qureshi, Software Engineer

Copart is a great place to work not only because of the cool toys and platforms that I get to work on, but also because of the comradery. All my coworkers are amazing people who are dedicated to getting results. They take pride in the work they do for the company, and they are always ready to help. Copart as a company is dedicated to celebrating and recognizing their people, which promotes working together and forming great relationships.”

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Luke Pfaff, Project Manager

“I work at Copart because our leaders really want to see us excel and follow our passions. They promote continual education, inside and outside the office, which is really important for any IT professional.  They also encourage you to become involved in unique opportunities that will challenge you to be the best, which also helps others along the way.”

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Vladimir Safin, Software Engineer

“What makes Copart such a great place to work? That’s simple, the Copart people and my team that I work with everyday. Everyone at Copart is motivated to do great things that not only propel the company forward, but the entire industry! There is nothing like this.”

Family Friday: Anabel De La Mella

At Copart, we celebrate the talent, passion and dedication of our Copart family from across the globe! Meet our next Service Star Spotlight of 2015, Anabel De La Mella! Anabel is from Miami and began her career at Copart just over two years ago.

“Anabel has been very kind and helpful in the title department. She is always looking for new ways to assist me and she makes sure we don’t get backed up,” said Heyling Valdez, CSR.

Check out Anabel’s interview to learn more about her time and experience with Copart! 

Family Friday: Angela McDonald

At Copart, we celebrate the talent, passion and dedication of our Copart family from across the globe! Meet our next Service Star Spotlight of 2015, Angela McDonald! Angela has been at her current location, Copart St. Louis, for two years as a CSR.

“Angela always tries to help and be courteous.  She never fails to go above and beyond to meet our walk-in customer’s/buyer’s needs,” said Buyer, Eugene Popov.

Check out Angela’s video interview to learn more about her time and experience with Copart!

Advanced Tactical Training at Copart Altoona

From California to Florida and Montana to Alabama, Copart locations across the country host their local first responder agencies by providing safe training environments. Copart is proud to support local community efforts and offers these safe spaces for training. In August, Copart Altoona, Pennsylvania hosted two tactical training events.

The first training was an intermediate extraction training with Nanty Glo, Vintondale, Reade Township and Lower Yoder Fire Companies.

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From left to right: James Smith, Nanty Glo, Cory Campbell, Nanty Glo, Brody Lawrence, Vintondale, William Kovac, Nanty Glo, RJ Wilson, Reade Township, Robert Mayes, Reade Township, Chris Burns, instructor, Christian Tomkosky, Lower Yoder, Bryant Greene, Nanty Glo, heavy rescue officer [not pictured: Jay Jacobson, Nanty Glo, heavy rescue operator]

With the success of the first training, the Nanty Glo Fire Department teamed up with Tactical Advantage Training, LLC to hold a two-day Tactical Extraction class, an advanced extraction training. Copart Altoona was once again eager to offer their land as well as vehicles to use for the Tactical Advantage class.

“This was one of the most exciting events I have ever witnessed!” said Anita Eckenrode, GM of Copart Altoona. “I would like to give a special thanks to my yard supervisor, Tom Shaffer, who staged the vehicles with assistance from loader operator, Ron Shearer.  These guys did an amazing job making sure this event was a great success!”

Led by trainers Isaac Frazier and Christopher King from Tactical Advantage Training, members from Nanty Glo, Jackson Township, Dauntless and Carrolltown Fire Companies attended the training to learn more on the advanced tactics of extracting people from their automobiles after an automobile accident. The class went over new techniques, speed and efficiency, and complex scenarios that fire fighters may face when helping trapped individuals. In addition, a representative from Amkus Rescue Systems and Kaza Fire Equipment, LLC attended and provided insight into the various extraction tools used by the fire companies.

Are You a Good Neighbor?

It’s National Good Neighbor Day today! This is a day where we step back and look at how we can be good neighbors to each other and our surrounding communities—even as a company. Here are some of the many ways Copart strives to be a good neighbor…every day and everywhere.

Mother Nature:

We all share one neighbor, the environment.  Copart is dedicated to protecting and taking care of our environment.  This begins with our locations that house the thousands of vehicles we receive and sell.  We have very strict guidelines for the disposal of fluids and other waste. In just one year, Copart recycled 32.52 tons of material, reduced greenhouse gasses by 103 metric tons and saved nearly four thousand gallons of oil.

Even more, our company is committed to maintaining exceptionally clean and organized facilities for other neighbors who come by and visit. We don’t just rent land to house vehicles; Copart buys the properties we use and takes care of them to get the best results for the company and the best results to protect the environment.

Chamber of Commerce:

Copart locations across the country engage with their local communities and host local organizations in their own locations.

Edited IMG_0635Just this year, Copart Punta Gorda participated in their local Chamber of Commerce community team building event “It’s a Knockout.”  During this event, Copart employees got to know other neighboring businesses in the community and be a part of some great team building activities.ad6

 

Later in the year, Copart Raleigh held
an open house event for the local Ewin Chamber of
Commerce as a way to welcome their neighboring businesses and other members of the community.  Copart Raleigh was excited to get to know and build relationships with other members of the community and present themselves as good neighbors of the community.

Law Enforcement Agency Partnerships

Copart locations across the country work with their neighboring law enforcement agencies to provide safe places for their training exercises and classes. Copart prides itself on the support they give local law enforcement and one way we show our support is by opening our locations to them. Copart is the perfect setting to train both employees and K-9 units in tactical operations from any law enforcement agency. Law enforcement training has been held in California, Florida, Montana, Alabama, Pennsylvania and Colorado just to name a few!

Copart Family Health & Fitness

It’s National Family Health and Fitness Day today! Let’s take a look at some of the great things Copart family members have done to encourage health and fitness within the Copart family.

Wellness Challenge

The HR Department at Copart launched the Copart Jump Start Your Health Wellness Challenge.  Copart employees were encouraged to build teams and start logging their active minutes during a six-week period. Everyone was motivated to get moving and log their activity. Some did laps around a local mall or walked the stairs at lunchtime, while others chose to participate in Copart’s weekly Run Club on Wednesday nights. The challenge declared a first, second and third place winner for both individuals as well as teams who participated in the challenge in getting fit and healthy for the New Year. Check out our blog post to see who the winners were!

Movember

movember2Across the nation, Copart employees formed 21 teams within the MoPart network and grew their beards out to promote men’s health issues, and bring awareness to health risks and issues that predominantly affect men. Employees in the U.S. and Canada both participated and raised money to support this cause for the month of November. This past year, Copart raised $3,378 for the Movember Foundation.  It’s just another way Copart employees support and promote the health of those in the Copart family as well as our own families! Check out the blog post from Copart Movember:

Copart Running Club

At the Dallas HQ office, Copart employees formed a running club. The running club meets every Wednesday evening at Brookhaven College for those who either want to change up their normal running routine or who want to start a new fitness activity.  This running club is a great way to get to know other Copart family members during a healthy outdoor activity that ultimately contributes to your overall health and well-being.

Dodge for a Cause

In June, Copart’s very own dodgeball team, the Copart Crashers, competed in its first ever Dodgeball tournament to support Vogel Alcove, a local Dallas charity that helps and supports young children of homeless families. Thirty-two teams competed in the event to help raise $72,000 for Vogel Alcove. Not only did the team participate in an event that promotes being active, but it benefitted an organization that works to help homeless families get on track with their overall well-being and health.  Way to go Copart Crashers! Check out photos from the event: