There is an old saying that if you want to get something done give it to a busy person, they will find a way to get it done.
There is a lot of truth in that saying … and if you are not a “go to” person for those requests it SHOULD beg a couple of questions:
How do they do it? and,
Can I do that too?
Obviously not everyone wants to be a success at work, so this won’t apply to them. Not everyone is willing to work one little bit more than they can get away with … this won’t apply to them either.
However, if you WANT to be successful, or you WANT to progress in your career, or you WANT to do the best that you can … then this does apply to you.
“There are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen, and there are people who wonder what happened. To be successful you need to be a person who makes things happen.” James Lovell
The answer is relatively simple, however the execution … not so much!
Truly busy people typically have a couple of characteristics that help them:
Attitude. They care! They want to do the right thing. They want to succeed. They take pride in their work.
Time Management. They apply sound time management techniques and are always looking to be as efficient as they can.
How do they take on that EXTRA task AND get it done?
Given the above, they are motivated to succeed … which is really half the battle. Then they give that job the right level of priority … it will then fit into their day/week/month and shift other “less important” tasks around. (It’s the story of the Big Rocks … as told in my blog post Time Management Tips). Have you ever REALLY looked at how you spend your time? Someone who is exceedingly efficient at managing their time will increasingly fill their time with “high return” activities, squeezing out the “low return” activities and result in a much higher level of productivity. THAT is how the busy people GET THINGS DONE!
IF you want to be successful and IF you have that great attitude then I would suggest the very next thing you can focus on that will have the best return for your career is Time Management. It’s not an overnight fix, it is truly a lifelong learning exercise but it is worth it.
I wrote one blog entry called Ten Blog Entries for Personal Productivity. Within that one entry you can link to ten very focused entries on this subject and with a half hour of investment conceivably pick up some tips that can REALLY help your career.
Are you willing to spend a half hour getting more efficient … or maybe you’d prefer to go for a coffee?
“I like things to happen, and if they don’t happen I like to make them happen.” Winston Churchill