This post is not about how to double or triple your productivity, this short article about 4 of the 21 tips is about a call to be and stay active and organized so your productivity, your daily things which you get done, will increase automatically.
You sure started working very productive years ago or you started last year and new technology and other new processes distracted you from how you worked before. All new things which want to be implemented rupture our old work flow or work process and we are forced to re-structure our habits. My tips are a reminder of how you can do better – again.
1] Make a Decision
Being active is making decisions, all the time. It´s a decision to pick up the phone now and stop controlling numbers of a monthly report for some minutes. It´s a decision to answer your customer directly and prompt and then pick up your internal work again. It´s a decision to stop something and start something more important. It´s even a decision to read this article for improvement, right now.
2] Be Self-Disciplined
I call it self-discipline to show the doubler effect for you. The word discipline might be too far away from you, you might not identifiy with it if you didn´t develop it well. Self-discipline speaks louder! Discipline covers all those things you don´t like to do, and – we all don´t like them very much. But do them first! That includes setting (daily) goals. That includes reaching these goals. That´s includes having deadlines to reach the goals. Self-descipline helps you organizing, preparing and working on each goal. It´s the “red strand”, which is a German phrase.
3] Plan Every Day In Advance
Have your weekly plans, your monthly plans and your 6 months plans already set in your calendar. Old school thinking & acting never stopps: we still work best like we did at school, following a plan with various topics and deciding for how many hours we will or have to work on doing them properly.
4] Set Priorities
If you work on a long-term project daily, where a tight deadline is related to, then this topic is your every morning task – presuming you have the new data for it by then. Work as long as you can every day on priority “A” and then go over to the next topic or project which will be “B” and “C”. You should change to “B” if you miss the new data of “A”, of course. Have a flow! The most important topic is the first task. If you are insecure, ask your boss. If you´re the boss, ask your customer who follows a plan him-/herself and make sure you work on a hand-in-hand plan to have the results in time. Know when and what to delegate to someone else to have more time for the important things.
You can add subtle methods to go deeper into how to seek the priorities but I think we all know how to handle important and urgent things so the customer gets the relevant information or results first. If you´re into selling, then external requests and complaints from the customer are priority “A”. It´s that easy.
BE A DECISION MAKER. BECOME OUTSTANDING.
rita jaskolla – Leadership Architect –