Do you or your team struggle with performance?
What is the one thing impacting that high-level of performance that you need to have to be incredibly successful?
The one thing that has a dramatic effect on everything we undertake. Time has an incredible effect not only on our productivity at work but on relationships and happiness.
Think about how you spend your time.
Recent research has shown that 83% of people thought that they could do better with important relationships if they knew how to better manage their time. WHOA!
In addition, the most important thing people valued in outside relationships was to be deliberate about staying in touch. All you need to do is to send a simple text message or email telling a person you are thinking of them. What would it mean to you if you received a message like that? I know for me, I would feel a sense of love and importance.
So how do you make sure that you manage your time better in order to improve performance, productivity, relationships, and happiness?
Schedule times to message people in your calendar
Scheduling little tasks into our calendars, (and treating them like important meetings), helps us to be more productive, shows people we care and relieves stress at the end of the day. People who show more empathy and care for their colleagues and team members also gain more respect from them, and team members tend to want to do more for you because you show you care!
Plan meetings better
Before sending invites for the meeting, ask yourself if it’s really needed. So many meetings are scheduled just to have a meeting and have no clear agenda. If a meeting is truly needed, provide as much detail as you can in the meeting invite so that everyone can prepare their data and talking points ahead. This avoids meeting members scrambling as well as scheduling yet another meeting because someone didn’t have the information others needed to complete the meeting.
Eliminate interruptions and distractions
Workplace interruptions or distractions come in all shapes and sizes, and even more so when you are a remote worker. It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve been interrupted or who interrupts you the most during the day. What matters is HOW you avoid interruptions and improve your work performance.
Remember, workplace interruptions are dangerous. They make you lose focus, waste time, and in the end, disrupt your work management and cause a delay in projects. Turn off phone and email notifications and keep your eye on successfully completing the tasks at hand. Also, learn to say “no” when necessary. You can and you MUST say no to anything or anyone who can interrupt your day (but be nice!).
Avoid multitasking or procrastination
Working on one task at a time can keep it less stressful and make you less prone to mistakes or rework. Keep things clear in your head and you will be able to accomplish much more than expected, much faster.
The best thing to do is to take time to understand your own limitations. In fact, you will never be able to understand them until you go beyond them.
Two things to remember: Don’t be too ambitious, be realistic AND discover your sweet spot to avoid burnout.
Use a productivity tool
It’s a proven fact that when you provide the right kind of tools, your team’s overall performance improves by leaps. Recent research and studies clearly reflect that the majority of organizations are shifting to cloud-based tools and technology to leverage their many benefits.
It has also been predicted that in the coming years IT will be a strategic enabler of modern businesses – and 81% of organizations are agreeing to it.
What do these tools do to improve performance? They assist in team collaboration, keep things on-track (especially if you have remote teams), centralize important files and documents, and ensure efficient time management – ultimately boosting overall workplace productivity and performance.
Reclaim Your Time and Improve Performance
Things don’t change, they remain as they are. It is YOU who has the ability to change and grow into something better. So, if you’re good at your job and you want to stand out in it, take the initiative and start working on your work performance. Consider the above tips and make sure you put them into practice in a way that’s best for you and your career.
Vennessa is an executive career and business coach helping leaders leverage their innate strengths to increase their impact, while overcoming burnout. Read more from Vennessa at vennessaMcConkey.com
The One Thing That Impacts Your Level of Performance Most
April 9, 2020