Last week I focused on s-p-e-e-d. This week is about another driver of our success: smart use of TIME!
… that is your time and others’ time.
On the subject of time management, this week’s “Wow!” goes to ———-.
Here’s our “wow” for this week: I am sending to you a “WOW!” as a person who works in steps so that you can get input and stay on track. You get stuff done, with effective use of you time, and mine.
Why is this “wow!”?
Here’s what we don’t want:If you’ve managed others you may have run into the type of person who, if there is a deadline tomorrow, happily gives themselves until the end of the day (usually waiting until the last minute to even start after having plenty of time) not showing drafts along the way so the manager has no clue if it is on track (even if asked for, and promised repeatedly), leaving it to the manager to now make up for the lost time after hours …and leaving no time to correct the work if what was done was not what was expected. Or at times the results are coming, “today!,” “tomorrow for sure!”… and then never comes at all.
Steps and final results are replaced with reasons (excuses) all given at the last minute when there is no time for the manager to find someone or do something else.
>> What we do want is: self management and planning, knowing when to ask for help, making sure to be clear up front -and throughout- the project, delivering in steps for any longer project so there is no rework, and taking full responsibility to deliver complete, quality work – on time (which includes sensitivity to the fact that the deadline includes the time for review, testing and documentation).
When I see smart time management, I have to say “Wow!”
Why is it important? To get higher productivity, higher profits, faster growth, better service we need to remove the stress, inefficiency and poor quality that can result from an in-effective use of time.
And here’s the latest result: started and completed in a couple of days, maybe less, and with a very sparing and smart use of my time… www.collaborative-action.com/ask/november.htm.