Successful leaders are people who spend a lot of time not only on their team but also on themselves. Being a leader is not just about going from meeting to meeting meeting your day-to-day tasks. It is important to take the time to control the situation and make forward-looking strategic decisions. In this article we will tell you how you, as a leader, can perform more strategically in 3 simple steps.
Take time each week. Take this opportunity to explore the previous steps, avoid fruitless tasks and have more strategic thoughts for your work. This can be called a “personal review”. In fact, you take the time to consider the following:
- Last week;
- Eager for next week’s meetings;
- Have a strategic plan for what you need to do, given the time you have.
We suggest that you set an hour of the week, for example, every Friday afternoon, in the calendar to make sure you are preparing yourself and the week ahead for your success. Here are three basic steps you can take to begin the process of preparation for mediation. These tips can help you in your work.
1. Last week’s review
Look at your calendar, to-do list, and goals. See what you have done, what you have forgotten, what you have done well, and what you are proud of. This step will help you identify your weaknesses and celebrate your successes.
You can do this in the form of personal notes using special software. In addition, you can write down your thoughts and organize them in this way.
2. Schedule for Next Week
Look at next week in your calendar. What are you looking for? What important things should you do? What are the big projects and small things you need to do by the end of the week? Make a list of things you need to do next week.
Put your to-do list where you see it every day and it reminds you of your activities. There are many tools that can help you do just that. Find out which one is best for you. For example, you can create a simple list in Microsoft Word. Or use Google Note or mobile note-taking tools.
If you do not have enough time to do all the work in the list, read the third step.
3. “Say no,” delegate authority, or delay work
You are a busy manager. Based on the weekly meetings on the calendar, personal and family contacts, and projects you need to work on in the coming weeks, it is likely that the tasks you plan for will be longer than you have time for. You may tell yourself that we can handle them all, but it is better to be realistic and act more strategically. Use the following four questions to determine what you can do in the coming week and what you can delegate or delay.
a. What is a priority?
This question means re-examining the tasks, meetings, and projects that are most important in achieving your short-term and long-term goals. Then prioritize simpler tasks or tasks that are more specific; Then postpone the hard work that requires more thought to the next step. Do not put the most important tasks in the first place.
B. What should you say “no” to?
It is difficult for many people to say no. When you say yes to a meeting or project, you inadvertently say no to other things. Instead of dwelling on what you have already promised, learn how to use the “say no” strategy.
J. What tasks can you delegate to someone else?
There are many tasks that you do not need to do yourself as a leader. These are the things you need to remove from your list and leave to your group members. This strategy is called “delegation”. It may take you a long time to entrust some tasks to others in the beginning, but in the long run this time you will be relieved. When your team members become experts in those tasks and no longer take your time, you save time and reduce the amount of stress and pressure on you. Of course, this does not mean that you can leave all your duties to the employees. Some basic management tasks are just your tasks.
د. What can you delay?
We said that some projects and tasks need to be done in person. However, there are some things that do not have to be done in the next day, week, month or even quarter. If something is not so necessary and doing it quickly does not have much effect on your work, do it at another time. Just remember to write it down in your calendar to make time for it later.
As you work on these questions, you will have a clearer schedule of meetings, projects, and tasks. That way, you can prepare for success next week.
If you take some time today and mark each of these on your calendar, you will not have to worry about dealing with your employees. You have time to listen to them, ask for them and support them on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis. If you plan your management style, what you do and what others expect of you as a leader will make a lot of sense. You can also create more order and focus more on yourself and your employees.