Typically, we start the year full of optimism and plenty of energy. Then, before long, we notice our personal productivity slipping. That’s when we find ourselves in trouble like this:
- We don’t accomplish everything we set out to do in the day.
- We run from one thing to another, almost uncontrollably.
- We don’t work on the things essential to be working on.
- We suddenly don’t have enough time for our family.
- We regularly wish we had more hours in the day.
As a leader, it is essential for our success-and our health-to take full control of how we use time in our world. We need to become a personal productivity champion.
Give your personal productivity a boost to stay on top of your game.
Here are 5 actions you can take:
1. Determine if you are confusing action with busy work. Are you being busy on the right things?
2. Be sure you spend the majority of your time contributing to achieving your goals. If you’re not working toward your goals, you’re missing opportunities and wasting time.
3. Only host or attend meetings that are essential and productive. Make sure each meeting has a purpose, objective, and timeline. Otherwise, meetings can suck the life out of you.
4. Learn to be a problem avoider instead of a problem solver. Fire-fighting is not productive.
5. Constantly ask, “Is this what I should be doing right now?” Use this technique to catch yourself not adding value with your current activity.
Stay ready and make it a fantastic year.