How to Gain More Time in the New Year

Every year we start off the year strong and say this is the year that I will be more effective, but how can when we as leaders have so much on our plates; however, may I pose a different perspective.  Maybe we complicate our lives by constantly adding more. More work. More Commitments. More action items on our ever growing to do lists. More stuff. And all the while we wish for more time. We yearn for simplicity, yet keep making our daily lives more complicated. Hence the need for priorities.

By prioritizing, we are able to systematize what’s necessary and what isn’t as important.  It’s important to prioritize – prioritizing.

How to Gain More Time in the New Year:

Reflect ~ Take inventory and assess everything. Reflect on whether this is an actual need or this task isn’t that important.  Streamline, do I need to go to every function, do I need to say yes to every work invitation, learn to say NO.

Critical ~ I didn’t say be negative, a lot of time we think that being critical is being negative, but it’s really being objective. Evaluate a level of satisfaction in areas of matter most. Determine what areas need improvement.

Values ~ Identify your top values. Values are the rudder of life. Life is most fruitful when we internalize and live out our core values, with every decision you have to ask yourself is this going to edify my team and help us to get to our goal or will this just side track us.

Mission ~ Know your team’s mission and goal, if you don’t then you won’t know where you’re going.  If you don’t know your goals and mission you’ll be like a car stuck in mud just spinning your wheels and going now where.

Final Thought

If you want to be effective you must master the art of prioritizing…

Prioritizing will help you and your direct reports be focused and produce the greatest impact this year. However, it must accompany action and accountability.  If you want to get the results you need to not only keep your team accountable but yourself as well.


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