If you are a manager or leader right now, chances are that you have to deliver more with fewer resources. Despite this you are still expected to provide all of the key things necessary to run the business. You know, pay staff, pay suppliers, do appraisals to name just a few. So how can you get smarter with how you use your time and get things done?
1. Time Audit
Where are you spending your time? Ask most managers and leaders this and you will get a vague answer. The key to being smarter with how you use your time is a time audit. Make sure this covers a typical work cycle so that you can get real insights where your time is going.
2. Know Your Priorities
What are your 3-5 key priorities? Armed with this information and your time audit, you can quickly determine whether your time is being spent on what matters- your key priorities. After all you want to spending time on things that are important to the organisation and your success.
3. Cut out the unproductive stuff
If you are doing something that is not necessary for you to do, stop doing it. Delegate it, outsource it and even question if it is necessary.
4. Make a list of your time wasters
We all have things that fall into the time waster category. What’s on your list?
• Meetings that are just talking shops and never result in any productive outcomes.
• Checking every e-mail as soon as it arrives.
Make a list of your time wasters and commit to doing something about them.
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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.