In the third of four posts looking at the results of a Workplace Coach survey of 109 business leaders about their leadership issues and concerns, we look at the issue of resource management.
JUGGLING COMPETING PRIORITIES
Asked about resource management, the leaders in our survey said lack of time for competing priorities was by far their greatest challenge.
According to a recent Gallup survey, leaders and managers can spend more than half their time at work on nonproductive tasks. And while all leaders wear multiple hats, it’s important to stay on track with actions that drive the enterprise forward. That’s not to say it’s easy. Here are a few tips:
- delegate everything outside your area of expertise;
- limit multitasking;
- assign a place on your calendar for every important action item;
- when scheduling, bunch similar tasks and action items together (e.g. administrative tasks, strategy sessions, business development), so they don’t distract you from other areas of focus;
- hire a coach to keep you accountable.
Finally, to get a handle on how you’re using your time, I strongly recommend you do a 30-day time study using an app such as ATracker Pro Time Tracker. You’ll be surprised how much of your time is getting sucked up by unproductive tasks.