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Increase Productivity and Profits with Leadership Tune Ups
Successful Leader, Author & Professional Speaker
Too Much Work? by Dale Collie
You've reached the crisis point when your to-do list is longer
than the normal work day. If you arrive early, stay late, skip
lunch, and never see your family - you're working too hard.
Here are 10 ways to get your workload under control.
1. List the tasks youíre responsible for
2. Set up a schedule to work on each task
3. Decide what you can get other people to do
4. Strategize just how to outsource or delegate whatever others
5. Eliminate the low priority or unnecessary tasks that are
never checked on
6. Establish a routine for working on the tasks so you have a
system (forms are preprinted, information is automatically
accumulated on your spread sheet, decide best way to report or
distribute information, eliminate unnecessary information, help
source of information to provide it in usable form, prepare a
check list so as to avoid relying on memory to complete all of
he details, etc).
7. Eliminate redundant tasks. If youíre following up someone
elseís work to insure accuracy, find ways to make sure it is
done right the first time to avoid the redundant follow up
8. Get the proper training to make you more efficient
9. Get the proper equipment to do the job correctly
10. Categorize non-productive activities and eliminate all
a. Email - check email for only a specified few minutes
at the beginning of the day, before lunch, and before
quitting time; thus requiring you to give attention to only
the highest priority
b. Breaks - time your breaks by the clock to avoid
wasting time with non-productive conversations
c. Phone calls - accept only essential phone calls; jump
off of calls as quickly as possible with the phrase, "Iím on
deadline. Is there anything else we need to discuss on
this, or do we need to schedule some time to discuss the
d. Interruptions - ask fellow employees to schedule their
time with you to control interruptions
You'll burn out at the rate you're going, so grab the step that
makes sense to you and give it a try.
Copyright 2010 - Dale Collie
Dale Collie - "Working with organizations that want to build
courageous leaders and businesses." Selected by Fast Company
magazine as one of America's Top 50 innovative leaders.
Professional speaker and author of Frontline Leadership and
Winning Under Fire (McGraw-Hill) www.couragebuilders.com
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