Priorities Drive Productivity and Time Management
Okay, there is no rocket science involved with increasing your productivity and gaining additional time for high performance outcomes. Its all about how you handle the highest priorities. You know, the reasons you are on the payroll or driving your business. Priorities are at the pinnacle of importance.
Most people have no clue as to what priorities are. They have no lists – to do list, goals, objectives or any type of action plan. They tend to “wing it” regarding their time. They get things done based upon two factors: 1) They do what they are told to do by someone else (reaching the goals others have set). or,
2) Just doing what is fun and easy – no real effort involved.
So what separates the high performers from the “thundering herd” of individuals today?
First, high performers have a plan. They set goals and objectives for themselves. Action plans are developed to accomplish these goals and objectives. And, they really do review these goals and objectives everyday. In other words, these goals and objectives become “top of mind” so they are working on the highest priorities everyday.
Second, they have a system that allows them to know what things must be done during each day. They might only tally up the results at the end of the week – yet, they write down the important. Do you have a system that tracks the top five accountabilities or priorities for the week?
Third, reviewing the results is important for developing the right habits for continued success. The review allows an individual to receive feedback as to the results – what they did really well and what they need to do to improve. Again, progress is more important than perfection. Accepting responsibility for our actions and the results of our actions is the true sign of a winner.
Finally, winners continue to “up-size” the goals and objectives. The ability to “stretch” your goals forces continued personal growth. The winners in life are the ones who are on a pathway of growth and learning. The status quo is not acceptable to winners. They know that arriving at the destination is a false goal. It’s the journey that counts! Continued success comes from improvement and growth. The application of new learnings.
If you would like to have a system for tracking your highest priorities, contact us and ask about the Managing Performance Priorities system. It was designed to keep you on track and accountable for your own results. We use it every week to track and maintain focus on our top five priorities for the week. And, it works. Productivity gains comes from a commitment to accomplishing your highest priorities each week.
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