Tag: Efficiency

5 Quick Tips for A Mobile Lifestyle

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1.  Develop a routine  – Once you have this, there’s no guessing what you have to do each time before hitting the road.  Do your laundry, stock up on toiletries, pack and be ready to go!

2. Learn to pack light – This one is definitely not easy.  But you want to be able to pack everything in a carry-on for quick trips. Coordinating colors with your outfits and shoes will certainly help so arrange everything so you can see how they look by day before you start packing them away.

3. Keep separate toiletries –  This will make packing so much more efficient. You’ll never have to wonder if you’re forgetting your toothbrush or lotion.  From time-to-time, you’ll just have to assess if you need to restock the items you keep in your carry-on.

4. Leverage tools and resources – Apps and tools that you can easily jump into after being on the road are ideal.  Use tools such as Google Drive, Quip and other cloud apps to make your transition seamless.

5. Make friends – Knowing the people who work at your hotel will cut down on the logistics you’ll have to take care of.  They’ll know what your preferences are and have things ready for you in advance.  So be friendly!

 

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The 3 Crucial Steps to Managing Your Time and Getting Things Done Efficiently

There’s a limited amount of time in each day and an unlimited amount of things you could do with that time.  Like everyone else, I often feel busy but don’t always see what I’ve accomplished when the day is done.  With funny videos being posted on Facebook, texts, emails, popular articles surfacing on your timeline on Twitter, there are countless things to pique your interest and make you veer away from the day’s agenda.

A few days ago, I was catching up with a friend who is 800 miles away. Our catchup session was longer than usual since our schedules often conflict.  We soon realized that we had both fallen victim to sleeping in, relaxing and not tackling the things on our to-do lists as planned.  Of course you need to take it easy sometimes, but my plan was to be up and out the door by around 8 AM so I was already hours behind schedule.

So I spent some time thinking about what it really takes to get manage your time and get things done.  I started with a long list but in terms of what is truly crucial and consequential, I was left with these three steps:

1.  Figure out what you need to do.  Without direction, an objective and a clear list of tasks, it is hard to move forward and accomplish anything.  So the first thing is to figure out what you need to get done.  If you’re following through on directives from others, make sure you’re clear on the details.  If you’re running the show and creating and tackling your own list, make sure you’re honest with yourself so you include everything.

2.  Prioritize your list.  One really important skills is to know what to work on now and what can wait.  Not everything in your list will be high priority and being able to attack your list accordingly will really impact your effectiveness.  This is especially important if you’re reporting to others who are depending on your output.

3.  Get things done, efficiently.  If you’re working on your list, that’s generally a good thing. But don’t spend all day working on one item with 20 more left untouched.  Being busy doesn’t always translate to effectiveness so make sure you’re not spinning your wheels unnecessarily.  In between tasks that require a lot of focus, do lighter tasks or take a break altogether to do something different.  Stepping away will usually give you that boost and revitalization you need.

My friend and I eventually got our acts together and by the time I checked in later in the day, she had called her cell phone provider and was well on her way to getting a new phone within the week.  Some time ago, her iPhone stopped working so she reverted to an old flip phone because she wasn’t due for an upgrade for two months.  By picking up the phone and sharing she was considering switching providers, she got her monthly bill lowered and the option to upgrade her phone immediately for a minimum down payment.  On my end, I revisited the installation of some software onto my new computer and got it to work with one try after multiple failed attempts the night before.  Now I finally had access to Word, Excel and PowerPoint which I needed to do other things on my list.

So get your list, your coffee and snacks and get to work.  You’ll see how amazing the power of the start is!

Do you ever feel like you could do a better job of managing your time and getting things done?  What are some obstacles you face?  How do you get on track and accomplish things?

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7 Ways To Create A Noticeable Impact When Working With Others

From time-to-time we all have to work with others.  Even if you work for yourself, you’ll have to interact in a group setting as people and relationships are crucial components of business and the human experience in general.  So how can you make these interactions effective?  How can you set yourself apart and create an executive presence?  How can you create a lasting impression?

Here are some ways to help you create a noticeable impact when working with others:

Have a clear vision and maintain a big picture perspective.  First you need to know what your overall objective is and what goal you’re setting out the accomplish.  Once you know where you’re going, you can share that vision with others.  Despite having your eye on the focal point, be mindful of the moving parts.  Even if you’re working on one area, step out of the details and stay abreast of the progress of other areas.

Have a plan but be flexible.  Planning always makes your work easier.  The earlier you can tackle planning, the better your entire process will be.  You’ll know when things are to be done, who will perform each task and what you need to prepare for tomorrow.  However, don’t let tunnel vision get the best of you.  Recognize that things rarely fall into place perfectly as planned so be flexible.  Be willing to make changes along the way.  Be willing to tweak and revamp your plan.  Remember the fact that you can get from point A to B via different routes.

Build and energize others.  Be passionate and interested in the work at hand.  This passion will radiate from you and energize others.  People are motivated by and gravitate toward those who take a stance.  As you share your interest with others, make it a point to bring out the best in them.  That involves mentoring, teaching and challenging them so that they develop under your watch.  Always add an element of fun and find ways to lighten the situation.  Take breaks to do small things that go a long way.  It may be recognition or an outing but give credit where credit is due.

Be dependable and follow through on responsibilities.  At the end of the day, results matter.  If you have a deadline when deliverables are due, you’re expected to execute.  So do what it takes to be that person others can depend on.  When they are wondering who can get the job done, you want to be the one who comes to mind.  Under-promise and over-deliver.

Be innovative.  It is easy to go with the status quo and do things as they have been done for years.  But you can add value when you think outside the box.  Leverage your experience and knowledge to see things from a different perspective.  Find at least one way to do something differently that will have an impact and improve results.  Both quantitative and qualitative results are good.

Face challenges directly.  When dealing with others, you’re exposed to different personalities, work styles, sense of urgency, strengths etc.  Often, this causes issues.  Deal with these issues directly. Communicate timely and effectively as needed.  Take these opportunities to help others focus on takeaways that may help them improve.  But never react based on your emotions.  Think through the situation.  Become more stern if you need to.  Your stance should be clear and effective.

Be honest, open and confident.  Being consistently honest goes a long way and will help you gain trust.  When you convey honesty and openness in your communication, others return the same.  This flow of communication is crucial in working with others so do your part to foster it.  Confidence is essential for a leader and helps you command an executive presence.  People trust those who have confidence in their proven abilities.  Highlight the key qualities of your brand.

Do you have experience incorporating these approaches when working with others?  Do you have a different approach?  Do you have other tactics that are effective?

 


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