Make the best of the 24 hours
All business leaders from CEOs of Multi-National Corporations to sole-proprietor Micro-Multinational Businesses have the same 24 hours at their disposal to carry out task and achieve goals.
How do successful leaders achieve the task that lead to success?
We Are All Busy People
A local DJ interviewed the CEO of the global group of companies that owned the local radio station. He noted that the CEOs agenda for the day included items such as; 11:03am call Manager at the Middle East office, 11:12am video conference call with London office, etc.
The DJ asked, “How to you manage such tight schedules which continue through the day?”
The reply from the multimillionaire CEO was, “We all lead extremely busy lives involving work and family commitments no matter what position we hold in our work life. The answer lies in having the discipline to prepare for meetings, prioritizing activity and managing time”.
Here are some tips worth working on;
Set Time Limits for Each Task.
Having an agenda and preparing for a task enables you to stay focused on completing the task.
Avoid distractions and deviations from the set agenda. It is important to complete task in the order of priority. Delegate research to specialist to shorten the time needed to complete the task. But remain responsible for checking on the accuracy of the information received.
Create separate file folders for the different areas that need your attention such as operations, customer relations, finance, suppliers and support resources. Make sure specialist in the respective areas focus on delivering information on the designated areas first before offering feedback on other areas outside their scope of responsibility.
Give the task that needs to be completed your undivided attention. Focus on the individual item on your agenda and complete the task before moving on to the next item on the agenda.
Make Fact Based Decisions
Hindsight is always 20/20 vision. In business making timely decisions based on all available information is critical to achieving long term success. It is therefore important to stay current with vital information.
Establish channels for timely information update from within your business and from all stakeholders in your business. You should not be in a position of having to put off completing a task due to a lack of information that should have been available.
Technology should be used to help you complete task in a timely manner. Remember, the old adage, “Time is money”. So, ask yourself if you need to check your e-mails before attending to a task.
Get an electronic assistant to help you stick to a schedule and to organise breaks to recharge yourself. It is important to remember that, “Quality of living is the ultimate measure of success”.
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