As a leader, you probably recognize the challenge of too big a list and too little time.
Sadly, unlike a piece of equipment, we cannot buy more time. We all have the same amount of time in a day, week and month.
So how can you get it all done with the time you have available?
Determine what only you can do
If you are like most people, there are probably things on the list that can only be done by you. The chances are that these are outnumbered by things you or someone else could do or don’t need doing at all. Make a point of determining what only you can do, do that and find a way of getting others to do the things that they can do.
Play to your strengths
There are things that you can do but are not a master at. In this situation, you will be performing at a sub-optimal level because you are not playing to your strengths. If you don’t know what your strengths are, make a point of finding out and playing to them.
Put a price on your time
If you were making a buying decision and you were able to get exactly the same result for half the price, I am guessing you would not pay the premium. So why would you decide to do something that could be done by someone on half the hourly rate that you are? See your time as an investment and invest it wisely.
Focus, focus, focus
The key to getting things done is to focus. Working on one task for short 60 to 90 minute bursts is a great way of getting things done as your focus is 100%.
The Bottom Line – You cannot buy time so start expending your time wisely to achieve greater success.
Duncan Brodie helps accountants make the step from technical expert to leader. He invites you to check out his free training resources
Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.