Never has the title of this post bene more true than in the last few weeks. I’m juggling a lot of MediaLeaf projects and I’ve recently purchased a new home, so time has definitely been a diminishing resource lately.
Times like this are a good opportunity to take a step back and look at everything you’re doing. Is everything that you’re working on directly related to your bottom line? When you’re pressed for time, as all of us are, it’s hard to justify spending your work time on anything that isn’t directly related to your bottom line or charitable pursuits. Here are a few ways to make sure that you’re focusing your energy and time most effectively.
For a few days, or even a whole week, keep a notepad with you and record all of the tasks that you spend your time on. You don’t have to keep diligent records of how long you’re actually spending on a task, just record what the task is. At the end of your experiment look through the list and see what unnecessary items you’re doing. There’s bound to be a few things that can either be delegated or ignored altogether.
Many founder and CEO types have problems delegating, especially in smaller companies. You’re used to doing all of the work yourself and feel most comfortable that way. I used to have that same problem, but over the years I’ve realized that there just isn’t enough of my time to go around and that I have to delegate low level tasks.
Delegating also means not spinning your wheels trying to figure something out. If you’re working on a project and run into a problem then it’s OK to get someone else to help you. You don’t have to waste time just so that you can figure it out yourself.
This one goes without saying, but it’s particularly hard for me. I have a tremendously short attention span, so it’s hard for me to concentrate on one task for more than 3-4 minutes at a time. I’m constantly playing with new methods and tricks to lengthen my attention span. If you have focus and attention problems then keep trying to make improvements. I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments.
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