Desktop computers PDA’s, smart phones and laptops have reshaped business. But for the better? Technology as an accelerator promised to simplify our lives, giving us control over our time. Technology delivered, we stalled. The new economy punches the peddle on the work place pushing it to warp speed, forcing us keep up. This is the opportune time for a career pit stop, assess your time management vehicle and get ahead of the competition. As you make laps around the office your loosing gas, so lets start by identifying your time leaks-so we can improve our efficiency-(utilize Alec Meckenzies Top 20 time wasters as a resource). Identify your top 5 and quickly bring them under your control.
Patching up your gas tank will eliminate the waste of fuel, in order to turbocharge your results you need to maximize your performance. To propel your career into the winners circle add octane boosters to your time management tank, planning/preparation, communication, leadership/teamwork, relationship building and training and development .
Let’s begin by putting first things first, envision yourself crossing the finish line as the checkered flag is waving and crowd cheering; once you have your vision generate enthusiam and slowly build momentum by sharing it with passion with your team. Before you start a project be sure you fully understand the scope, expectations, deadlines and all the resources at your disposal. It would be helpful to mind map the project by yourself or with your team. Fleshing out your plan in advance will save you time during the execution phase. Your plan should include contingencies. Share your plan with all the parties involved, solicitate feedback. Be proactive plan out a month in advance, utilize one calendar for business and personal-all work and no play makes Jane a dull lady.
Learning to communicate clearly and concisely both written and orally will save you from having to repeat yourself. Clear messages eliminate delays. Avoid cliches and ambiguous terms. Watch your body language and framing to ensure they’re consistent with your words. Learn to read the body language of others this will help you determine if your message is getting across and gain buy in.
Leading yourself exceptional well is a prerequisite to leading others, people will listen to what you say and then watch what you do. If your words are not consistent with your action you will have a problem Houston. Getting the right people on board trained and working together makes for a high performing team that adapts and executes. As the leader you have demonstrated the propensity to get things done, avoid the solo track-todays economy requires a group effort.
Establishing and maintaining healthy relationships with your subordinates, peers and your bosses will enable you to maximize your time. Don’t wait until you need something to pick up the phone and call for assistance otherwise you’ll be viewed as self-serving. Beware don’t spend all your time on the phone “chit chatting.”
According to USA Today Snapshots 52% of employees want you to share insights on how to be more effective. Training your team will certainly increase your overall productivity, effectual cross training will distinguish you a capable leader who possess the requisite competencies to lead.
Start your engine mash your foot on the gas, master the time wasters in the curves and maintain your focus on your dashboard board. You will be crossing the finish line in record time.