I have a question for you. What would you do with an extra hour a day? Would you get the exercise in? Spend an extra hour with the kids? Or would you make a dent in the backlog of work projects that have been piling up?
I was working with a client yesterday who said that she was so busy she couldn’t keep up and was exhausted (and a bit jaded with her role). When I asked her if she could be working smarter, she got a bit defensive and immediately said that there is no way she could get more things done. We started looking at her recent activity and she realised that she was working hard, but not on the right things.
She was so busy that she had stopped thinking about what she was doing and was struggling to keep up. Can you relate? Regardless of how you would spend your time, what I find is that many people know that they could be more efficient if they became more clever around their approach.
Here are a few idea you could use to help you be more efficient:
- Be Aware of Where You Spend Your Time. One main reason why leaders are challenged with getting more done is that they are not aware of where they are spending their time. Do an analysis, track your activity over a week and this will help you see what needs to change.
- Seek Out Shortcuts or Fast Hacks. There are plenty of books, videos and YouTube videos that can provide you with strategies to be more efficient. Spend 10 minutes per day stretching your mind and collecting strategies that you can use. Or if you don’t have a copy of my book Leadership Hacks, get one!
- Work with a Leadership Mentor. Rather than blindly trying to be more effective, work with someone that will help you to quickly identify ways to have a bigger impact and better results. Ideally they will provide you with great insights and be able to support and challenge you to help get more things done.
Because so many of my clients have been struggling to get their rhythm and approach back on track, I have developed a new Leadership Efficiency Program (LEP) that is designed to help you get more things done and mobilise your people in a 90 day Format. If you would like to find out more in a free 20 minute consultation, please click on this link and I’ll be in touch soon.