“Super productivity” is about getting the most impact out of every hour you work. It’s about being prepared to write off what doesn’t matter and focus your efforts on implementing and executing those tasks that do.
Consider these five strategies to eliminate waste and accelerate productivity:
1. Use the 15-minute rule
What can you do in 15 minutes that will get you closer to achieving your goals? Consider taking action in 15-minute increments for such things as answering email, hosting a standing meeting (where everyone actually stands), and limiting phone conversations.
2. Cancel unnecessary meetings
If you’re holding meetings only because they’re on the calendar for the same time, same day every week—stop. Unless you have a strong agenda and a reason to invest everyone’s time, cancel the meeting.
If you can’t cancel it altogether, at least reduce the meeting time as appropriate.
3. Pay attention
You frustrate your team when you’re constantly distracted by your email. Distraction can be disrespectful.
The biggest investment you can make in someone is giving people your undivided—not multitasked—attention. Look people in the eyes, put down your iPhone, and ask your team to do the same.
4. Choose three strategies
Focus your attention on your top three strategies to accomplish your job.
Make sure your strategies are:
As a leader, your role is to focus on strategies you can execute.
Take breaks from technology. Occasionally remove yourself from your email and the minutia that can drain your focus and energy. Refocus on the big picture, your deliverables, and your strategy.
Having the mindset of execution will make you more strategic and successful, and it’ll help you build your reputation as a chief “execution” officer.
(Via Credit Union FrontLine)