Almost everyone spends huge amounts of time doing things that:
- Achieve nothing.
- Achieve something insignificant that really doesn't "move the needle".
- Someone else should be doing.
- Are enjoyable but not especially productive.
- Make someone else feel good.
Business leaders are no exception.
Now some of those things may have enough value to properly absorb
some time. The one about making someone else feel good can be quite valuable. Just don't spend all your time at it!
There's a problem when mostly low-value activities steal time from the things a leader should be doing:
- Planning for growth.
- Developing his or her leadership skills.
- Positioning the company for the future.
- Developing upcoming leaders.
So how do you decide what activities you should or shouldn't be doing? Eliminate the clutter of busy work and get to the meaningful stuff?
There's one word that can be your ally, several times a day.
(again!) of Maui Mastermind, who
recommends asking, "Why?"
more often. This helps you and your closest lieutenants focus on what will take your company where you want it to be.
Answering that simple question helps you see what needs to be delegated, postponed or eliminated. David talks about asking this question as often as 35 times a day. And many times following it with a firm "No".
Many people, including leaders, complain they don't have enough time. Every one of us has exactly the same 24 hours every day.
Asking "Why?" more often, and answering honestly, will help assure that you use your allotment effectively.
What techniques have you found to help you manage
your time more effectively? Your thoughts, suggestions and comments are always welcome.
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