“Successful people are simply those with successful habits” — Brian Tracy
Have you started the new year well or do you feel as though you’re not making as much progress as you need to? The reality is, the way we work determines how effectively we work.
While it might not feel like it at the time, everything we do in our job isn’t important. That’s nothing new. Only 40% – 55% of the average workers time is devoted to important work? This is a stark contrast to high performers who focus approximately 80% of their time on their important work. The positive impact from this is significant with high performers applying 50% more time on the activities that matter!!! That’s a big reason why high performers are more effective and less overwhelmed by the volume of work.
How can the average worker improve their performance?
A good place to start is to use the lack of time as an enabler and not an excuse. Identify the tasks you either don’t have to do or could do more efficiently. That might seem daunting or even impossible, but it’s fundamental to getting back more time. For further insights see 80% of your task list shouldn’t be there
Once you’ve confirmed you’re focused on the right tasks then also consider:
Energy – is your energy at the level required for you to function well? (See Is it more important to manage time or energy?)
Planning and Scheduling – does the way you plan and schedule support the achievement of targeted outcomes? (See Do you plan and schedule for success or failure?)
Meetings – how much time is wasted on unnecessary meetings? (See 2 proven ways to stop wasting time in meetings)
Email – does email take up too much of your time? (See Have you solved the email conundrum?)
The techniques and habits we deploy each day determine how effectively we work. Make sure yours provide you with the best chance to be successful.