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  • feedwordpress 02:51:09 on 2018/06/16 Permalink
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    These 3 Words Will Make You a Time Management Expert 

     

    For many of us, time management feels like a magical key to success. We have a to-do list that grows faster than we can work. We invest in systems, books and planners, all in hopes of mastering our time. If we could only find the right trick to stay on top of it and get things done!

    Meanwhile, we blame our woes on scheduling or the structure of our tasks–anything but ourselves. But the only things fully in our control are ourselves and our time.

    You can reassert that control and learn to be an expert in time management without instituting new systems or elaborate processes. It’s as simple as three words:

    1. Delegate.

    Every day, ask yourself what you can delegate. Instead of adding more and more to your to-do list, look at the most immediate items and start delegating them to others who are qualified to get them done–or, if nothing else, who can be taught. Leaders by nature like being in control, but no leader ever achieved greatness by doing everything themselves. For every task you don’t like to do, every chore you secretly dread and put off, there’s probably someone within reach who’s willing and can do it well. They get a chance to shine and you get things done.

    2. Eliminate.

    Get rid of all the unnecessary items on your list and instead focus on the most important things. Organize your to-do list by priority and start eliminating anything that doesn’t belong in a top category. By helping you focus on the most important tasks, setting clear priorities and boundaries helps keep you productive, not just busy. Eliminate anything that doesn’t help you succeed or move toward your vision of success. Once you’re free of those distractions, keep a sharp focus on the work you do, your specific role, and the determination with which you carry it out. Remember, if you say yes to everything, you’re not making a priority of anything. Set priorities and boundaries and live by them.

    3. Accelerate.

    Once you’ve mastered the basics of delegating and eliminating tasks, you can start moving into the more advanced skill of accelerating your intentions. Set aside 15 minutes a day to work on a long-term goal. You may end up working longer, but 15 minutes is enough to make a start. And remember, perfection is the enemy of progress. The best way to get things done is simply to begin, and the idea of acceleration is to find a way instead of finding an excuse.

    Your future is created by what you do today, not tomorrow, so focus on being productive instead of being busy. Stay tuned in to what’s important and delegate, eliminate and accelerate as part of your daily processes.

    Time management can be as complicated as you want to make it, but I highly recommend this lazy person’s system of getting things done. It’s worth doing. A well-organized life finds time for everything that’s important, which in turn leads to effective action, productivity and ultimately success.

     


     

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    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

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  • feedwordpress 22:31:23 on 2018/06/10 Permalink
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    8 Simple Ways to Turn Down a Project (and Not Look Lazy Doing It) 


    Whether you’re an employee or a contract worker, one of the hardest things you’ll ever learn is how to say no. You don’t want to communicate that you’re ungrateful or that your work ethic is lacking, and you want to keep trust and communication going–but in some situations where your time and energy are already overcommitted, or where you know that

    Here are some common situations in which you might need to turn down work, and what you can say to maintain your credibility:

    1. You need to enforce boundaries. If you’re the kind of person who is always saying yes, you need to be more vigilant about creating and maintaining boundaries for yourself. You’re allowed to say no without feeling lazy or worthless.

    Say: “I wish I could help, but I know I couldn’t give it the time it deserves right now.”

    2. You’re already stretched too thin. A never-ending to-do list and perpetual exhaustion are not great workplace assets, and you need some real evenings and weekends with down time to be effective on the job.

    Say: “I’d love to help out with that, but I already have . . . and I don’t want to shortchange that commitment.”

    3. The project is outside your expertise. It’s good to stretch your skills sometimes, but accepting a project that lies far outside what you comfortable doing can lead to frustration and a loss of self-confidence.

    Say: “This project looks like a fun challenge, but–unless I’m misunderstanding your instructions–it definitely falls outside my skill set.”

    4. You need to stall. Maybe there’s a project you really would like to do, but you’re too overloaded at the moment to even think straight. Or maybe you know you should turn it down, but you don’t yet have the will to say an outright “no.”

    Ask: “Can you please send more details so I can fully review this before making a commitment?”

    5. Scheduling is an issue. When you are swamped, it’s okay to step back and assess if you have the time to take on something new.

    Say: “I know this is an important project, but I don’t think my current workload will give me room to meet the timeline.”

    6. You want to stop being an enabler. If you have people-pleasing or enabling tendencies–the kind where you often step in and do other people’s jobs, even at the expense of your own work–you probably already know that’s a habit you need to give up.

    Say: “I know it can be overwhelming at first–I can’t really take this on right now, but let me give you some tips to help you get started.”

    7. You want to keep the option of future work open. Your plate’s not just full but completely overloaded–and that’s when someone you’ve always wanted to work with comes to you with a project that you would love to take on. If there’s no way to rearrange things without compromising your standards.

    Say: “I appreciate you thinking of me and I would love a chance to work with you on this. I’m already completely booked up this month, but I really hope you’ll ask again next time.”

    8. The project seems pointless or redundant. If it looks like pointless busy work, it probably is pointless busy work, and your time and energy are too valuable to waste.

    Say: “We’re working to stay tightly focused on our mission and goals, and I’m afraid this project falls outside the parameters.”

    Always be tactful, polite and professional, and keep the focus not on yourself (“I’m already working nights and weekends”) but on the work (“This project deserves more time than I can give it right now”). If you know someone else who might be a good fit for the project, offering to connect them is a way to keep things positive.

    Frightening as it seems, it really is possible to turn away work without hurting your reputation. In fact, it may benefit when you’re seen as someone who’s in demand and who has the confidence to say no.

     


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    THE LEADERSHIP GAP

    What Gets Between You and Your Greatness

    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

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  • feedwordpress 14:50:19 on 2018/06/10 Permalink
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    12 Easy Ways to Get Over Your Laziness 

    Being highly productive isn’t a natural talent for everyone. Some of us have a naturally strong work ethic, while others really like our sitting-around time. But we always seem to find time for the things we want to do.

    Laziness, on the other hand, appears for very specific reasons. Maybe we don’t know how to do the task, maybe we feel overwhelmed by everything we do have to do. Maybe we are just plain scared and our mindset needs adjustment.

    Whatever the cause, if laziness is interfering with your productivity, if it’s making you unresponsive to your responsibilities, if it’s costing you your success, you must learn to overcome it.

    Here are 12 easy ways to get on top of your laziness so you can begin to be more productive.

    1.  Make sure you’re not overwhelmed. Sometimes we freeze up when we’re  overwhelmed by everything we have to do–we freeze up and don’t do anything at all. Do you have realistic expectations on how much you are truly able to accomplish? If you have too much on your plate and no idea how you’re going to get it all done, it may be that you’re not lazy but overwhelmed.

    2.  Check your motivation. Similarly, if you’re not motivated it is very easy to slip into what looks like laziness. To be productive we need to be motivated. If it’s hard for you to stay connected to what motivates you, make up a list that you can consult when you need an extra push.

    3.  Look at your surroundings. Your environment and the people around you matter. Are you in a space that makes it easy to stay organized and productive? Do the people around you spend more time complaining than following their passions? If you surround yourself with people who love what they do, and are creative and motivated, their enthusiasm will rub off on you. Make sure too that your space gives you everything you need to work well.

    4. Value your time.  Make the most of the time you do spend working. Look at your to-do list and prioritize–you can do it in your head, on paper, or on a computer or phone-based planner. Just knowing where you are makes it harder for deadlines to sneak up on you and easier to work productively, even if it’s in short bursts.

    5.  Reframe your thinking. If you’re in a mindset where work is bad and play is good–something many of us have let over from school days–then any kind of work that needs to get done feels like punishment. Remember the things that are positive about work, such as the higher purpose of your organization or just the feeling of having accomplished something significant.

    6. The source of value. It’s easy to become lazy if you don’t see the value in what you have to do. Try this: when you make a to-do list, include the benefits of each task. When you focus on benefits and goals, productivity becomes much more rewarding. Learn the value of each task and then work to achieve it.

    7. Make new habits. If you typically put off the most complex or difficult assignments for last, switch it up and begin doing those tasks first. Pick one or two things to focus on and fully devote yourself to those tasks. You don’t want to spread yourself too thin. Remember you have to work to reach your goal; it’s not going to happen right away.

    8. Measure the changes. Keeping new habits in place is notoriously difficult. One effective technique to making changes to your productivity stick to is to track your results. If you can see that holding yourself accountable is helping you meet your goals, it will be easier to maintain.

    9. Share your goals. If you’re working toward a promotion or a new job, or gearing up to run a marathon or play at an open mic night, tell people about it! Knowing they’ll be asking how things are going will keep you making progress.

    10. Schedule work and break times. You need to take an occasional break, but make sure that time is limited so you don’t lose momentum. For example, you could commit to working for the first 45 minutes of every hour and then take a 15-minute break. Use the timer in your phone to keep track.

    11. Look for alternatives. Think of ways you can work more effectively. Is there a better way? Can you delegate or automate a task? The more you streamline, automate, delegate, and outsource, the more you can get with the same level of effort.

    12. Remember, nothing changes until you do. You can have all the foolproof tips and tricks in the world, but ultimately nothing changes until you do. If your current work style is meeting your needs, you won’t see a reason to change. But if you’re frustrated by your lack of motivation or fear that it’s holding you back, then you need to change from within. Because the truth is nothing will change until you do.

    There’s no simple cure for being lazy. The only way to overcome it is by setting your mind to the task and getting up and completing it. Start right now to develop the self-discipline you need to reach your goals.

     


    N A T I O N A L   B E S T S E L L E R

    THE LEADERSHIP GAP

    What Gets Between You and Your Greatness

    After decades of coaching powerful executives around the world, Lolly Daskal has observed that leaders rise to their positions relying on a specific set of values and traits. But in time, every executive reaches a point when their performance suffers and failure persists. Very few understand why or how to prevent it.

    buy now

     


    Additional Reading you might enjoy:

     

    Photo Credit: Getty Images

    The post 12 Easy Ways to Get Over Your Laziness appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

     
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