We’re on listening in on calls, tracking email and reviewingthat power point slide deck – all at the same time. Often, we make lists of deliverables, get through the first 5 work items on Monday and push the rest to the next day. If we repeat that cycle, by the end of the week we’re behind on some key goals.
If you chase two rabbits, both will escape. Makes Sense. In order to accomplish our goals we need focus. And yet we all spend much of our time multi-tasking and chasing @ least 2 rabbits at once.
We’re on listening in on calls, tracking email and reviewing that power point slide deck – all at the same time. Often, we make lists of deliverables, get through the first 5 work items on Monday and push the rest to the next day. If we repeat that cycle, by the end of the week we’re behind on some key goals. No worries, I’ll pick them up next week. Ah, but then there’s next week’s waiting for me.
Ultimately, we end up letting some things slip. I find that we procrastinate and postpone even more, as our deliverables add up. The fraustrating thing is that we have the best intentions. We want to be productive and we aspire to complete all our checklist items, on time. Often though, we’re chasing too many rabbits.
So, how do we avoid getting caught up in chasing so many deliverables at once? Have you figured out how to ruthlessly prioritize, focus your time and energy on what’s important? If you have, can you please share your secret? We're all trying to figure out how to maximize our time and get even more productive. Intuitively we know that when doing several things at once, we're not focusing. However, if often feels like just about everything is important and urgent.
How do we define what’s really important? How do you make major decisions? Here’s a checklist you could use to decide where to invest your time and energy. When faced with key decisions, take some time to reflect.
Decision making is a key leadership skill – one that can be nurtured through a series of principles and habits. Here are a few suggestionsyou may find useful.
Now What ? All this means, you will have to say NO to some things and clearly decide to de-prioritize others. There may be several reasons for saying No or choosing to drop an important action item. Be clear in your mind about your reasons for saying no – it may be about timing, focus, impact orsomething else.
What’s important is that you have clarity about how you define priorities and some consistency in your decision making principles.
Started out with a focus on the gifts of Solomon, Job, Joshua – over the years, I added a few more prayer points, based on other notable leaders. Individuals who used God Given talents to impact the lives of others.
"For Someone who is watching this and wants to be a Successful Global Business Leader, what are the skill sets? Is it Hardwork, Learning how to read well, keep continuously reading, learning how to speak well? Yes...and,
The quotes are not new. As aspiring leaders, we've all heard some version of these words, many times before. No shortage of successful people with YouTube videos offering us advice on how to "make it", in life.
Interesting take from Sahil Bloom on 10 "Razors" he finds useful. I'm a firm believer in the importance of living intentionally - though I will confess that doing so is often much easier said than done. I do see value in each of the 10 Razor's Sahil defines in this illustration - here are my Top 5.
“First of all, make sure you’re clear about who you are and what you stand for and what excites you, what are your passions?” And really, really spend some time thinking about that, doing a personal inventory”