by Julie Lyons
Managers are busy people and the to-do list tends to keep growing. The problem is that you only have so many hours in the day to accomplish these tasks. If you want to become more productive, you need to shrink your to-do list.
- Delegate – You can’t do it all, but you do have employees under you, so let go of the control and hand off tasks that you can to others.
- Rank your to do list – As long as you are living and breathing, there’s going to be a to-do list, but you need to sit down and start to put that list into priority of must get done, to would like to see done and then you need to tackle it accordingly.
- Determine how it made it to your to-do list – Did someone above you request you to do the task and is that person below you or above you? Did you promise someone that you would do a specific task? Are these your own expectations of what you need to get done? Once you know where the task originates it will be easier for you to determine how important that task is to get done.
- Renegotiate so you aren’t overwhelmed – After you prioritize, if you find yourself with a handful of must do tasks that require more time than you have to do them, the answer is not to take your work home every night so you can stay on top of things. The answer is to renegotiate the due dates for these tasks from wherever they originated. This may sound like it’s impossible, but it really isn’t. Don’t be afraid to ‘ask’ because how else will you know?
Management to-do lists will continue to grow and as a manager, part of your job is managing the use of time so you need to get ‘down and dirty’ and really attack your to-do list to ensure you make the most out of your time.
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