Many leaders are challenged with completing everything they need to before the day ends.
They may miss the opportunity to start an important conversation, delegate an important task, follow up on a promise, plan the future, or any other leadership activity they routinely do.
What are the reasons your “to do” list might be unfinished every day? Procrastination, incomplete information, or low priority are a few. However, a variety of productivity roadblocks can be the real culprits. They rob your time and show up everywhere.
Identify the single largest roadblock to your productivity, then do something about it … repeat.
Although productivity roadblocks are common, doing something about them isn’t! Most leaders find it easier to tolerate inconveniences and do nothing about their own productivity. Consider these three culprits:
- The new hire who consumes more time than reasonable. If this gets out of hand, what can you change in the hiring and onboarding process to a identify top talent who will excel quickly?
- Your hesitation to delegate because you think you can complete tasks faster and better than anyone else. If this describes you, what are your choices? To do it all yourself and not get everything done or learn to delegate tasks to others.
- Everyone comes to you for solving their problems or to make a decision. If this occurs regularly, then work on training, developing, and empowering your people to solve their own problems and make their own decisions when appropriate.
What are your productivity roadblocks? List them and think about each of them as you ask, “What can I do to either improve this situation or get the right help