In the business world of today we are exposed to great pressure. To name a few here, owners are expected to:
- do more with less;
- provide better services;
- ensure better turnaround times;
- deliver new products;
- ensure pricing is right in an ever growing competitive market place;
- manage staff;
- market the business;
- pay bills;
- ensure compliance requirements are addressed;
and the list goes on.
168 hours in the week just doesn’t seem to be enough in many cases. Why is that so?
So how can I become more productive?
A good friend of mine, who I have known for a long time and runs a very successful financial planning practice in Perth, and who I have learnt a great deal from, exposed me to some key disciplines that arise out of three fundamentally simple questions:
- What is the best use of my time right now?
- Is the time I spend on the task at hand contributing to my own progress or that of my company?
- If I don’t do it now, what are the consequences, will anything suffer as a result?
From there, I can then choose to:
- do it;
- dump it;
- defer it; or
- delegate it.
This is now embedded in my own day-to-day and the results are powerful. Through choice, I have created positive outcomes, including enhanced productivity. I know they can for you as well and I would love to hear about your own experiences.