The other day a group of us were discussing what makes up a manager’s day and the ways in which it looks different for an effective manager vs. a non-effective one.
Managers do things differently. We’ve all seen it. Some managers seem to be moving fast and effective without hitches in their steps—happy go lucky. Other managers are frantically running from one thing to another not making any real progress.
Life, in general, is much better when we’re on pace and productive. Let’s face it; no one has time for unproductive busy work. So, how can we all get better together? Priority management is the sweet spot to get us there.
A manager’s day is made up of three primary sectors: key performance indicators or KPIs, standard or compliance tasks, and “got a minutes” meaning unforeseen workflow interruptions. The more successful managers are able to structure their days within these sectors the right way to obtain more results.
For most of you the term time management may ring some bells. Pulling almost 230 million hits in Google, you could spend days, even weeks, trying to find worthwhile time management information. But that just adds up to wasted time—not where you are trying to get. Managing time alone is meaningless unless it’s for a purpose. Better managers not only get this, they leverage it. They get priority management.
Priority Management: Higher quality and quantity activities that align with the primary business objectives set in an orchestrated, timely course to reach specific goals.
3 Priority Management Actions to get you there:
- Take a minute: Literally take the time to look at the way your day is spent and on what.
- (Time allocation = Task importance)
- Chart a course: Identify the end goal and put it in your sights. Keep it there by aligning daily actions to it.
- (Targeted focus + Action alignment = Results)
- Assign a resource: Delegate and empower those around you to help achieve your goals. Define your expectations clearly and monitor to them.
- (3x You = Faster execution)
3 Pitfalls to watch out for:
- Too much on your plate sets you up for failure—things are bound to fall off.
- Reactive activities keep you spinning in circles—prescribed plans get you where you want to be.
- Don’t do it all yourself— enlist support to allow for reflection and strategy windows to be part of your day.
As a manager, it’s your role to drive your destiny through purposeful actions.
“Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved.” —Jeremy Kitson
For the sake of good priority management, let’s all get to it.