Thursday, November 9, 2017

The Most Effective Use Of Time Right Now Part 4

Busy or Productive
Just because you are busy does not mean that you are productive.  There is a need to clearly differentiate between:
  • Effectiveness  -- doing the right things
  • Efficiency  -- doing the right things correctly
Rating Your Productivity
In order to rate your productivity, you need to be clear on:
  • What exactly are your objectives?
  • Are you aware of how your productivity is measured?
  • How certain are you that you are spending you time doing the right things?
Time logs and Productivity
Log how you spend your time every day for two weeks then identify the following issues that impact on your productivity:
  • Issues that you should not have dealt with
  • Issues where you had a high dependency on others
  • Issues relating to communication
  • Issues that relate to poor planning
  • Issues that relate to a lack of a particular skill
  • Issues that relate to bad habits 
Once these issues have been identified, they can be tackled. It is important to recognize that some are due to bad habits such as dependency or taking on too much, whereas others are due to inadequate systems such as communication and planning.

Until next time...

Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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