Imagine if a reality TV crew followed us around for an entire work week. Think “Big Brother” meets “Undercover Boss.” What would they see?
While many of us think that we are 100% effective at work, the truth is that we allow distractions to creep into our routines. We create busyness such as checking our handheld devices, checking Facebook, browsing websites for irrelevant articles, and so on. Busyness is not effectiveness; and it certainly will not bring us closer to achieving our best.
Effectiveness is about managing your priorities, not time, so to work smarter rather than harder. It is finding methods to be more productive in less time. It is how much you get out of an hour as opposed to how many hours you spend. As business guru John C. Maxwell says, “Time is an equal opportunity employer; everybody gets 24 hours a day, no more, no less – but not everybody gets the same return on their 24 hours.”
But what about all the unplanned interruptions? Admittedly you cannot eliminate interruptions. On the contrary, you do get a say on how much time you will spend on them. It is in your power to decide what gets your time and attention and how much of it.
I think it safe to say that all of us could benefit from tweaking at least a few of our daily activities to become more effective. It’s time to remove any self-sabotage or self-limitation you have around “not having enough time.” Prioritize and schedule your work week for maximum impact, develop and maintain focus, and motivate yourself to achieve extraordinary things!
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