5 Tips to Help you Manage your Priorities in the Office

The Art of Getting the Right Things Done

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Welcome to the third edition of Career Tips in 2014. After looking at goals which really motivate and blind spots which can get in the way, let’s focus today on how you can make personal effectivenessprogress against your objectives by considering ways to work effectively. Personal effectiveness is not a new topic and this article is meant as a complement to the existing material which you can find by clicking here.

Building on from such techniques such as the time log and the priority matrix, here are five tips to get you to more purposefully allocate your time in the office and raise your personal effectiveness:

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5 Tips to Make Sure you Achieve what you Want

Optimise your Chances of Success by Identifying your Blind Spots

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In the preceding article (click here), we talked about setting ourselves and our team goals which truly motivate. Goals which play to our skills, but which also make us feel blind spotempowered and autonomous, give us a lot of satisfaction and, for that reason, we are much more likely to keep at them, despite setbacks, until we reach them.

In this follow-up offering, I am turning my attention to blind spots. When it comes to goal achievement, life is likely to throw obstacles in our way. But it isn’t just the outside world which may interfere: we may also be holding ourselves back – without being aware that we are. This is what I mean by blind spots: things about ourselves that we don’t know or have forgotten about that are getting in the way of us realising our objectives. Let’s look at 5 ways to find those blind spots.
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Top 3 Tips to Set Goals which Motivate

A Fresh Look at Setting your Team’s Work Objectives

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In this first offering of 2014, I am returning to the topic of work objectives as many of you are likely to be or soon will be engaged objectivein considering your objectives at work for 2014 and then discussing them with your line manager. For those among you familiar with these Career Tips, you may recall that I have previously written about the subject of setting work goals. You may find some of these articles of interest and they are available by clicking here.

Beyond the well-known techniques to set objectives – such as the SMART acronym – and then to stay on track, achieving goals – whether at work or at home – is all about motivation. The motivation to get started but, even more importantly, to keep moving until the objective is achieved, despite setbacks and obstacles along the way. As such, as self-empowered individuals but alsomotivation as line managers responsible for delivery, we need to identify goals which motivate because those will stand the most chance of being achieved.
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3 Steps to Setting and Achieving your Goals in 2013

A Recipe to Keep your New Year’s Resolutions

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Hello and a happy and prosperous 2013 to all! For many, January is the month of so-called "resolutions". And yet, I just read that one in four New resolutionsYear’s resolutions are broken in the first week, that is to say 7 days – at most – since they were made. Impressive! That is to say: impressively depressing!

So how can one do better and keep to more New Year’s resolutions in 2013 of course but also for the following years? Here is a small recipe with just three ingredients that will allow you to make the right New Year’s resolutions for you and to stick with them. I have been using it for years so I know it works!

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4 Steps to Effective Decision-Making

Taking your PICK™

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To all those of you who took a well-deserved break, let me welcome you back! You know, there is an interesting piece of statistics I always think about when it comes to September: September is the month when people make the most decisions. It’s not January despite that month’s association with New Year’s Resolutions. Rather, it seems that a lot of us take the time to reflect during a summer break and in September, we decide to do something about our fitness and join a gym, or to stop smoking or to really start looking for a new house.

So, with September being a bit ‘Decision-Making Month’, I thought I would talk to you about the process of decision-making so that you can self-assess how you go about making decisions today and see whether tweaking your approach could help be even more effective.

So, in the rest of this video, I will share with you the PICK™ model which is a 4-step approach to making effective decisions. PICK™ is also quite unique because you can use it in a number of ways to suit your style: it is a flexible approach which anyone can use and yet a robust method too.
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4 Steps to Optimal Performance

Going for GOLD™

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Welcome to the Olympic edition of the Career Tips Bulletin! As some of you will know, I live in London and Games fever is upon us. As such, I could not escape the feeling and I too have found myself inspired by the spirit of the Olympics.

For that reason, I thought I would share with you a simple method to optimise your performance. Many of you are likely to have had a mid-year performance review so you know where you stand – what is working well, what you need to pay attention to and what remains to be done.

It is my hope that the GOLD™ method will come just at the right time to both inspire you and provide you with pragmatic tips so you add value to your employer and you too get a gold medal for your performance in 2012!

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Top 5 Tips to Thrive in the New Year

Your 2012 Success Formula

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Let me start this first article by wishing each and everyone among you as well as your loved ones a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year 2012!

The start of a New Year is a time for resolution-making, goal-selection, objective-setting whether it is about personal issues or work matters. I personally use a method called ‘SMARTEY’ to ensure that I carefully articulate my objectives. If you are curious about the ‘SMARTEY’ approach, click here.

What I thought I would discuss with you today is a mindset for success. For many of us, 2011 was quite a bit of a roller coaster and it does not look like 2012 will be a piece of cake. Against a challenging and volatile background, how you manage your thoughts could make the difference between peace of mind and stress, achievement and drudgery,  and pleasure and pain.

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Beating Drudgery and Dejection Part 2

How Practicing Choice and Gratitude will Help you Stay Motivated

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In the preceding article, I was discussing Drudgery at work and its boon companion Dejection. With Drudgery, all sense of fun is lost and with Dejection motivation goes out the window. I gave you tips to spot Dejection and shared with you how you can use ‘what’ questions to beat it.

For more on spotting and beating Dejection, click here.

Now to Drudgery and giving it a good kick up the backside!
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Beating Drudgery and Dejection Part 1

Keeping your Spirits Up in the face of Adversity with some ‘What’ Questions

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The other day, a friend wrote me: "I am in a phase of life where everything is just plain drudgery, heavy annoyance and pain internally.…we are all struggling massively…." Does that speak to you too? This is a theme which may resonate with many of you considering the turn for the worse which the financial markets and the economy appear to be taking. The risk of a deepening Eurozone crisis, articles in the financial press about layoffs at the banks, all make for tough working conditions. My heart goes out to every one of you who may feel vulnerable in these current times. You may also feel vulnerable or frustrated if it looks like you won’t be able to complete all your work objectives for 2011, for whatever reason. So this video and the next one are about coping when things go wrong.

I’m sure many of you watching this would say that you work hard, possibly very hard but when it’s drudgery, then working hard becomes hard work, it’s no longer exciting, it’s dull, it’s like putting oneself through some kind of grind… Drudgery usually comes hand in hand with its good friend Dejection which is a state of mind where one is in low spirits. It’s an unhappy place where Drudgery and Dejection dwell. They work as a team to sap your motivation. First, Drudgery takes the fun out of being at work and then Dejection swoops in to make you think that you’re failing. In turn, this feeling of failure prevents you from taking action because you wonder ‘what’s the point?’
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Stretch to Impress!

End the Year on a High Note by Delivering on a Stretch Objective!

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In my last post, I recommended you proactively take stock of where you are at with respect to your work objectives for 2011. Even if you had a midyear performance review, I hope you gave the ’3 list’ method a go. Not only will it serve you well when the annual performance appraisal process kicks off in a few weeks but being clear today about where you at with respect to your 2011 objectives will make it possible for you to precisely focus your energy for the last 3 months of the year.

If you missed my article on the ’3 list’ approach to work performance self-assessment, you can see it here.

Now you’re got your three lists, there are two main scenarios:

  1. You’re doing well. In this article, we’ll work on this assumption and look at making use of your restored energy to lift the bar a bit higher and thus end this year with a flourish!
  2. It’s clear that you won’t be meeting all your objectives for 2011. This delicate situation will be the topic of next month’s series so you can still have a decent yearend evaluation.

If you’re doing well with respect to meeting your 2011 objectives, this quarter could simply be about making sure that you steadily complete all outstanding tasks by their due dates. While you should clearly do this at a minimum, it is possible that you may also have the opportunity to raise the bar and exceed your objectives. You could set yourself one or more stretch objective. [Read more...]