Discernment – Knowing what is, and what is not important. In the big picture, in the immediate. For you. For the business.
Prioritizing – Being clear on your Top 3-5 activities. Today, this month, this quarter.
Scheduling It- Making sure the big tasks and smaller tasks are scheduled in, particularly those things which are important to you and the business (review time, planning time, renewal time, maintenance, systems, etc.). Some research has also started pointing to the need for significant enough blocks of time being required to help you focus. For some this may be 90 minutes, others 3 hours.
Saying NO - tactfully! Given that we are usually operating in isolation, negotiation skills are key. Being able to say “I can help you with this, however, that may not be feasible…”, being able to delegate, defer or even say no, are all key skills. It’s not surprising that the training I deliver on Communicating and Negotiating for Impact is popular!
Be ruthless with your time. Time is non-renewable. How do you choose to spend it?
Consider the questions listed above. What do you notice about Discernment? Priorities, Scheduling, saying no, being ruthless with time. What is important for you in staying the course?
Take 15 minutes to make sure your schedule is up to date and includes time for the important activities in the short, medium, and long term.
Add an additional 10% of the time to projects or tasks which are not yet visible but need to get done.
Consider what your line in the sand is around tasks and new requests. Are you operating at 100%? If you had a new request come in, what would you do? How could you defer other tasks?
What your successes have been?
Where your focus has been?
What products or services have you been focusing on offering?
Schedule it. If you have not left space now, it’s unlikely it will emerge on its own!
What projects, tasks, or activities are important to schedule this month?
What is your line in the sand around what more you can take on?
What are the Top 3-5 priorities for you today? This week? This month? This quarter?
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