Are you juggling multiple projects and struggling to get anything really accomplished? Does it seem like your to-do list just gets longer and longer each day? Too many times we zig zag through our days, chasing so many different things that when we look back at the end of the day, we haven’t even touched the things that were really the most important because we’ve been distracted by everything coming and going. The good news is, it doesn’t have to be this way.
The key to transforming chaos into results? Plan your work and work your plan!
CORPORATELY – Each year in our annual strategic planning for the coming year, we come up with three to five pillars for our business and then every decision we make the following year has to point to one of those pillars. By doing this, we keep our attention on the things that are most important, so we don’t get distracted by a lot of different things.
We ask the question, “Does this point to one of those 3-5 pillars, improve and relate to them? If it does, then we move forward with further evaluation. If it doesn’t, then we park that item. That doesn’t mean it’s dead, but it does mean that we’re not going to allow it to distract from our focus right now.
ON PROJECTS – From a project perspective, I go back to plan your work and work your plan. Stay focused on that, working through that.
FROM A LEADERSHIP PERSPECTIVE – You’ve probably heard the old adage: Leaders create chaos and managers manage chaos. It’s very important for an organization to be optimally successful, to have both of those. You need both leaders in your company and managers in your company, working in tandem so that you have the most positive outcome for your company, your clients and your employees.