Achievement. Results. We all want to make the most of each day and to experience the feeling of satisfaction that accomplishments and team relationships can bring. Some people are better at managing their productivity than others. We decided to observe some highly successful people, and in doing so we’ve identified 5 work habits and skills that are typical of those we observed — work habits that can be applied to make a difference for people who work in even the most challenging of environments and roles. The 5 work habits and skills are as follows:
1. Work with a freshly updated daily plan, prioritized to tackle the big rocks first. Review your plan; ask yourself: Is each of these activities the best use of my time for today? We all have much to do as the economy comes back and staffing shortages are not uncommon. Looking at your plan objectively in relation to both urgency and importance can help you to maximize your positive impact.
Do the most difficult, complex, creative work earlier in your day. Quick, easy and lower priority tasks can be sprinkled into other short time-slots during your day. Most of those we observed get up earlier in the morning. This allows them to enjoy a peaceful and quiet start as well as to jumpstart their workday.
2. Flex your plan as needed to allow for high urgency, high importance items to be added. When these situations arise, objectively evaluate their priority based on urgency and importance. Decide how you’ll respond to the issue by asking yourself, am I the best person to handle this task? What would be the impact on other people and the business of my doing or delaying this task? Is this the most important thing I should do now?
3. Ensure there are brief unscheduled periods of time each day that serve as buffers between meetings and tasks and allow precious minutes for refreshments, socializing, and lunch. Unscheduled time periods can also provide time slots you can give to people who have unplanned needs for information or support from you, which is essential for you to manage interruptions in a way that helps you to maintain strong working relationships.
4. Do daily exercise routinely, either before or after work, at a time you can commit to doing it. Put it into your calendar. Exercise helps you to maintain your physical health and to clear your mind as well as restoring your ability to manage stress. In an emergency, a shortened work-out is much better than no workout.
5. Evaluate your day before you leave work. Establish time limits and priorities for after-hours work. Highlight accomplishments and re-schedule tasks not completed. Clear your desk, do your filing and set up your daily plan for the next day. This will help you to prevent your out-of-work time from intrusions of work-related concerns about unfinished tasks.
What habits have you formed (or changed) that have helped you to heighten your effectiveness, without sacrificing your work relationships? Please share your experience, advice and insights.
“First Things First,” by Stephen R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill, and Rebecca R. Merrill. This is currently available as an audio-book so you can listen at your convenience. Here is a link: First Things First by Stephen R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill, Rebecca R. Merrill | Audiobook | Audible.com
Updated, Copyright 5/28/2021 by Rosanna M Nadeau; Copyright 8/6/2015 by Rosanna Nadeau, Prism Perspectives Group, LLC.
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