Sooner or later, every business man goes through the classic paperwork problem. Simply put, you will end up with a lot of tasks. Some of them come on a simple paper, while others bring in a series of files. All in all, most of these tasks do not require an immediate action though. Plus, they cannot be solved on the moment anyway. They keep adding up over and over again until your desk can barely face the weight. The result is obvious – you end up wasting a lot of time searching for something in particular or trying to find a task that has be solved. Continue reading
It sounds unusual, but your favourite things are actually the things that make you lose more time than those tasks that you find to be difficult. Most people spend a lot of time doing tasks that they truly enjoy. It is perfectly natural though. There are also a few explanations for this fact. For instance, doing things that you like will provide a higher level of satisfaction. Unsurprisingly, the risk to fall into perfectionism is very high as well. In this case, you risk doing more than what you need to. Besides, you might take the quality standards to a level that is simply not necessary. Continue reading
It is said that there is never enough time to do things accordingly, yet there should always be time to repeat them. There are no doubts that a particular task may ask for a second chance if the manager fails to explain everything upfront. Communication is not an easy thing, but the success highly depends on it. If you are the one who needs to provide instructions, the whole responsibility lays on your shoulders. On a different note, there are situations when your employees might feel anxious about asking you to explain specific aspects once again. And then, it is your fault because you have to ensure that everything is clear. You have to encourage your workers to ask questions if there is something they are unsure of. Continue reading
Sometimes, deciding on the right order for your priorities can be unusually difficult. If you ask yourself about the reasons of such difficulties, you will reach to the common debate related to emergencies and important things. While they seem identical, there are actually a lot of differences between them. There is also one major similarity – they are both stressful. They have to be handled before anything else. Continue reading
Working efficiently implies identifying your priorities by the book. Some things are always more important than others. But it is also very easy to underestimate the importance of such a principle. In other words, you risk altering your efficiency without even realizing it.
Years ago, the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto has given a “law” that carries his name. The law is also know as the 80/20 law. This simple rapport reunites the cause and effect through a simple equation. While there are plenty of exceptions to this law, it can easily apply to numerous activities. So what does it mean? Continue reading