I have always cited time management as one of my strengths. I am not afraid of hard work and i have always studied ways to improve my productivity … yet I also believe it is a never ending quest!
Some things I have learned along the way:
- We can always be more productive.
- What worked in the past is not necessarily going to work today.
- With every change in role/job/position comes a need to revisit what works.
- We forget some things that we used to do.
- We get a little lazy about some things that used to work for us.
“A year from now you may wish you had started today.” Karen Lamb
So, here are some questions you might want to use, in order to do a “check up” on your productivity.
- Are you 100% clear about which activities are the highest priority?
- Are you spending the majority of your time on those high priority items?
- Are you very focused on a few tasks … or are you spread thinly across a lot of tasks?
- Do you have goals? Annual, quarterly, monthly, weekly and even daily?
- Do you hold yourself accountable for those goals?
- Do you change things up when you are not meeting your goals? (Definition of insanity etc)
- Do you use a “To Do” list (as distinct from your notebook (in which of course you capture lots of notes).
- Are you passionate about using your calendar? Keep it up to date? Schedule everything in it? Set aside time for yourself in there?
- Do you make the most of your travel time? Multiple meetings, reading pile, social media, hand written cards
- Do you use checklists? Great way to remember everything you need to do regularly (we always get distracted, slip our minds, stuff happens)
- Do you read some time management books/articles every now and then … for new ideas.
- Do you embrace the technology available to you? Smartphones/apps/synch with CRM tools and email/calendars etc.
“Don’t count the days, make the days count.” Muhammed Ali
When we put a big focus on productivity then we find ways to get things done rather than find excuses or procrastinate.
“Days are expensive. When you spend a day you have one less day to spend. So make sure you spend each one wisely.” Jim Rohn
Kevin Dee is Chairman and founder of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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