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Where are your time traps?
Take a moment to think about how to spend a normal eight-, ten-, or twelve-hour workday. What do you waste the most time with?
Do you also consider how much time is lost every day? What could you do to prevent or at least mitigate this erosion of your time, energy and enthusiasm? It is best to answer these questions in writing.
This is how employees can help - and not so
In addition to your own time, employees are your most important asset. Because these take away your work and give you time. If it's the right people.
Because many do their job really well - these are not your problem. But other employees always manage to delegate work upwards. So to you! What to do about it?
Always these distractions
Too often we are distracted - more or less unnoticed - by something more or less important, because others open their minds with us, which we would not have without them.
Each of us knows from our own experience how energizing it can be when we are sitting at a high concentration on an important project and are confronted with questions like these:
- "Chefwhich Christmas cards should we take now? "
- "Dad, may my girlfriend sleep with me today?"
- "Honey, can you fill up the car later for me?"
- "I can not find my car key, maybe you know where he could be?"
- "Can you quickly send me this email with the directions?"
Everyone does what he has been hired for!
The fact that your employees delegate work to the top means, in the worst case, that your desk is full and your employee goes home on time. Do not allow employees to submit work to you.
Everyone has to do the tasks for which he was hired. Because it is not that your employees could not do their own job. But if you allow you the possibility to make decisions on you, they will also make use of this opportunity - and ample.
Paragraph One: Everyone solves his
Some time ago I discovered the principle "Paragraph One: Everyone solves his" to avoid many such time thieves for me. This is about much more than just a delegation.
Properly applied, this strategy will lead to a lasting change in our basic approach to our own work practices and those of our environment, and thus to increased productivity for all. But how can this be put into practice? For some time now, I recommend using a doorplate with the inscription:
Stop! What would you do if I were not there?
time is money
For very stubborn cases, the subtitles recommend "Why do not you do it then?" Or "What are you waiting for?"
Once we realize that our time is worth a lot of money, we will deal with it differently. We will only do what is really important and eliminate everything that steals us time. We will focus our efforts on what we need to achieve in order to achieve our goals.
Stopping time is more efficient
By the way: A long-term survey among seminar participants, who now use the "STOPP!" Sign, has shown that this measure alone allowed them to gain an average time saving of 52 minutes per week.
If we succeed in doing so, we can only win - efficiency and productivity as well as personal quality of life.
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