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So you want to lead?
One of the consequences (both positive & negative) of being a leader is the demand placed on your time from multiple directions. Think about the most powerful leader in the world, Barack Obama. With the world looking over his shoulder every day, Obama has multiple decisions to make knowing his answers will have a large impact in the future of, not just America, but the world.
Despite this, he describes in an interview in Vanity fair, how he still makes time for a 45 minute workout in the morning.
What does it mean to be productive? For me it involves 3 entities;
· Fulfilling what you set out to do,
· Within a certain timeframe,
· That moves you closer to a specified outcome.
As you think about the times when you were highly productive and compare them to times when doing work was as slow as running through a pit of honey, you will notice a difference in the mindset of how you approached the task. Productivity starts in the mind.
So what can you do to ensure you are a productive leader?
Associate importance to it.
If there is no real importance assigned to particular aspects of your work, what is the incentive to getting it done? In knowing what to associate importance to, you have to look at your outcome and ask yourself:
“What are the main acts that need to be accomplished in order to bring me closer to my outcome?”
Deadlining creates an urgency that is frequently required in getting work done. You elicit a focus that is rarely present when you leave a task open ended. There is a difference in focus if the deadline is in two days than if it was ‘sometime in the next few weeks’. Ask yourself:
“When does this work need to be completed by?”
Know what you are going to do before you do it.
Every evening I spend 5-10 minutes working out what I am going to be doing the next day. I started this simple strategy when I realised that I was wasting too much time in the morning. Assign 10 minutes and think about what can get done the next day asking yourself:
“What steps do I need to take tomorrow?”
Outsource ‘low level’ thinking.
As a leader, you are best served playing to your strengths. Know what your weaknesses are and look to outsource it. If you are not good at design, hire a graphic designer. If you still don’t get Twitter, work with someone who does. By freeing up all this ‘space’ in your mind, you allow yourself the freedom to focus intently on the important work of creating. Ask yourself:
“Who would be better suited doing this?”
As a leader, it is important to review your work and your vision frequently. There are times when changes need to be made. I make it a practice to review, at least weekly, my goals to see whether I am doing what I set out to do and whether it is still a path I want to take. Ask yourself:
“What went well? What needs attention?”
Question: What did I miss? How do you stay productive like a leader?