While being busy is good (or at least it makes us feel good), it really isn’t a leading indicator as to whether or not you or those that work for and with you are actually getting anything done.
So rather than being busy having meetings to plan our next meeting, let’s get to the root of making things happen.
Here are 6 questions to ask yourself as you fill up your calendar to make sure you are setting yourself up to be not only busy, but productive too!
I will share 6 questions to ask yourself as you fill up your calendar to make sure you are setting yourself up to be not only busy, but productive too!
1. What are the most important things that need to be accomplished during the time period “at large?”
2. What are the key activities that will allow me to achieve these goals?
3. Have I set sufficient time aside to work on these activities?
4. Are there activities on my calendar that aren’t going to help me get what is most important done?
5. Can I shift the less important calendar items to a later date, delegate them or remove myself altogether?
6. At the end of this time period what do I expect to have accomplished?
At the end of the day, your results are going to speak loudest. And while running around from meeting to meeting will give the perception of busy to those around you, the ultimate mark of your success will be what you can accomplish, not how busy you appear to be.
So start respecting the outcomes you are seeking by asking yourself the right questions and by spending your time chasing outcomes instead of activity. Dr Shogo-The Pathfinder