Doing it rather than just talking about it

It’s easy to convince yourself you’re busy. We can all fill our days up by checking email, checking facebook, IMing. The reality is, right now when we aren’t that busy because the work is not there, it seems to take longer to actually finish a job than if we are busy. Here are five tips to actually doing your work smarter so that you can reap the rewards.

1. Have a daily plan

Write it down. Ten action items on the list and tick it off every day.  What doesn’t get done on Day 1 should be at the top of the list on Day 2. If it gets to Day 3 and you still haven’t done it one can only assume you haven’t been there.

2. Cultivate a sense of urgency

Get things done. A fast, agile, adaptable organization makes the important things happen now. Urgency is allergic to bureaucracy. Reward fast action.  You become what you focus on and become like the people you spend time with.
3. Maximise efficiency

When you start on a task,  block everything out. Switch off the phone, log off Facebook, turn off the msn, make sure that every distraction is out of the way. Enforce disciplined execution.

4. Establish a daily routine

Start and end each day in the same way. Make sure you have your priorities, do your admin. It’s no good having done the job if no-one knows about it.

5. Write down your ideas

Do not trust your memory however good it may be!

We are a performance-oriented culture. We thrive on quality in every operation. We encourage continuous innovation. We cannot abide mediocrity.  As Nike says.. don’t talk about JUST DO IT!

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3 Responses to Doing it rather than just talking about it

  1. Peter Huxley says:

    I like number three. Sort of suggests you need your own bubble to stay on task, blocking out all distractions.

  2. Peter Huxley says:

    So why aren’t we doing this on our own site?

  3. Tim Porter says:

    Yep it’s true, it reminds me a bit of the Dragons 2010 winning premiership side. They were focused on what they were trying to deliver and didn’t give up until it was done.

    Go SAINTS!

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