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Top 10 time wasters to avoid
Camelia Petrus, PGDip Work Psychology
Certified EI Assessor and Trainer Workplace Behaviour and Leadership
We all have the same 1,440 minutes each day, but some of us achieve so much more than others. How can we free up time to help lead a better business and ultimately achieve a happier life?
1. Lack of clear goals
Start by setting clear 12 month goals, then break these down into 90 day goals. Your actions each day should be steps towards achieving those 90 day goals, which will ultimately lead to the achievement of your 12 month goals.
2. A messy desk
Desk clutter results in mind clutter. Tidy your workspace each day before you leave so you don’t arrive to a mess. Also consider how paperless you are; paper becomes clutter.
3. Procrastination and shifting priorities
Spend a few minutes planning tomorrow’s tasks before you leave for the day or planning today’s tasks as soon as you arrive. Avoid unnecessary pick up and put down. Multitasking is a productivity myth
4. Interruptions (from humans and technology)
Set clear parameters to reduce distractions, e.g. turn off your email and phone notifications, only check emails between tasks, etc. If it’s urgent, they’ll call or tap your shoulder.
5. Ineffective delegation (and abdication)
Ensure you give clear instructions when delegating tasks and empower others to do more for you. Responsibility still falls on you… without a clear process you are setting someone up to fail which will ultimately reflect badly on you.
6. Ineffective systems
Mistakes are often attributable to ineffective systems. Involve your team and LEAN up processes where possible. Eliminate systems that don’t add value; implement new systems that aid efficiency.
7. Inability to say 'no'
We are defined not just by what we say yes to, but what we say no to. Planning helps us to say no to things that don’t align with our purpose and goals. “No” is a complete sentence.
8. Ineffective meetings
Ensure every meeting has a purpose, an agenda and clear objectives. Don’t stray from the agenda; refer back to the purpose if you’re going off track. Record clear outcomes and next steps in Meeting Minutes.
9. Ineffective email use
Think twice before playing email tennis. Ask yourself if a phone call would be more efficient so you don’t find yourself constantly checking for a reply.
10. Poor planning
Effective planning has three key components: a one-page plan (with goals, KPIs and required actions), regular reporting to ensure continuous improvement, and accountability.
What are your biggest time wasters? Identify your top three and take ownership and responsibility to minimise them today!
"Regretting wasted time is wasting more time." - Anon
Get in touch to find out how we can help you plan more effectively!
'Reclaiming your Time'
When: Thursday, November 12, at 11:30am
Join us for a 60 minute complimentary webinar where you’ll:
- Understand why we'll always be busy
- Discover mindsets to help you better prioritise your time
- Identify where your time is being wasted
- Determine the opportunity cost of not re-prioritising your time
- Learn the art of delegation (not abdication)
Points of value to you:
- Reset your thinking around priorities and choices
- Identify key strategies to re-prioritise your time
- Spend more time on the things that matter most
- Delegate like a pro to improve culture and productivity
- Re-deploy your time to achieve freedom
"Leaders in business looking to improve their organisation’s performance can do so by improving their approach to business, its systems, organisational structure, their workplace emotional climate and ultimately, their emotional intelligence: that is, their skill at identifying, understanding and influencing emotion in self and others. It guides them towards new, more relevant and meaningful ways to grow their business and their relationships or to solve business challenges."
Camelia Petrus, PGDip Work Psychology
Head of Business Development
Emotional Intelligence in Leadership and Workplace Behaviour
Certified Assessor and Coach
To book a meeting with Camelia - follow link on the right.
Get in touch by Email or phone: +64 9 3666005
If the number of tasks you’re trying to complete leaves you feeling overstretched, or you have employees who could be supporting you more, then read this:
When hiring or developing leaders, their ability to navigate through high demand, stressful working conditions and change in the workplace and to lead by example, is now a strong predictor of organisational performance. This is particularly applicable in industries where high emotional labour exists.