If you are a leader, your the ultimate measure of your success is what you deliver. Yes there are other factors that contribute to how you are rated as a leader but at the end of the day it is results that count. If you are in any doubt about this, just pick up the business section of any good quality newspaper or sector publication and chances are you will come across:
1. Some leader who is under pressure to deliver a certain result.
2. Some leader who has been removed because the results delivered were not good enough.
With all of this focus on results, it is important that as a leader you use your biggest limiting factor wisely. So what is the biggest limiting factor? In my experience it is time. There are always many options open to you on how you could use the time available but the amount you are allocated in a day, week, month or year is fixed.
Contrast with a constraint like the amount of budget you have available. You can make a case for more financial resource and if your case is compelling enough, you have a good chance of securing additional resource.
So if time is a major constraint, you need to know when your own personal prime time is. It will be different for different people. Some people are at their best first thing in the morning, while for others burning the midnight oil is best. When you know your personal prime time you:
1. Can schedule the most important tasks for the times when your performance is optimal.
2. Avoid wasting optimal performance time on anytime tasks. You know things like e-mails, routine phone calls or texts.
3. Deliver better results, because you focus your attention on the things that have greatest impact on the results you deliver.
Your personal productivity greatly influences your results. So what steps are you going to take to do the most important things in your personal prime performance time?
By Dominic Mccarthy