n my experience as a manager, delegation is the easy part. Follow-up is the hard part. This is particularly true when it comes to e-mail. I’m afraid that in the race to get through the scores of messages that daily hit our inbox, we hit the proverbial ball over the net, but never really follow-up to see what happened when the ball arrives in the other person’s court.
Archive for Productivity
I change my voice mail greeting everyday, so that it references the current day. Why? Because I want people to know that I am on top of my messages and their message is important to me. Whenever I discover a recurring activity like this, I try to “template” the process. By this I mean that I try to find a solution that represents the optimal way for me to perform the activity.
I spend more hours in meetings than out. Perhaps you do, too. Over the years, I have cataloged a list of annoying meeting behaviors or just “AMBs” for short. None of these by themselves are that bothersome. But when you combine three or four of them in the same meeting, it can test the patience of Job.
C\Net News.com CNN.com DrudgeReport.com GoogleNews.com NewYorkTimes.com OfficeZealot.com Tennessean.com The Wall Street Journal Online USAToday.com I do my reading in the morning before I shower or get dressed…. When I am ready to plow through my daily reading, I click on the list and select “Open in Tabs.”… You can do a similar thing in Firefox (available in Mac or Windows flavors) or even Maxthon for you Windows diehards.
I just stumbled across a great tool for tracking the kind of non-negotiable disciplines I discussed in a previous post…. I set-up my basic disciplines in about five minutes. (Click on the link below to see a larger image.)
He said, “View this list as the ten disciplines that if practiced faithfully would make the biggest impact on the quality of your life for the upcoming year.”… Daily, first thing when I get up 2 Prayer Pray for my life, my family, my church, my work, etc. Daily, on my commute into the office or, on the weekends, immediately after reading the Bible 3 Aerobic Exercise Run 4–5 miles, four days a week…. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 5:30 a.m. 8 Life Plan Review Review my written life plan (a seven-page document) Weekly, on Sunday evening with my weekly review 9 Solo Retreats Get off-site for 36 hours a quarter to review my business vision, business plan, master task list, and time block.
I have been setting goals in one form or another for years. Every now and then, I stumble across an old list of goals. I am always fascinated by how many of the things I write down come to pass. And, I must confess, it often happens despite the fact that I do nothing more than write it down.
I don’t often devote an entire blog post to someone else’s blog, but this is an exception…. I continue to be amazed at the number of people who don’t know how to intelligently manage their workflow.