How Effective Are You Really Being? Get Real with Yourself in 4 Quick Steps

If you struggle to find time in your day for sales outreach and/or business development opportunities, I feel you. If you’re not fully present while talking with an employee who needs your assistance because you’re too busy thinking about the pile of tasks on your to-do list, I’ve been there...I’ve felt that guilt. Here are a few steps to reorganize your life at work in order to be more effective:

Recognizing these ‘I’m overwhelmed’ signals is the first step.

The second step is listening to that gut instinct that’s telling you, ‘I’m not as effective as I should be’ or ‘I feel like I’m drowning in work and I can’t get ahead.’ Acknowledge that you’re right: your current state is unsustainable.

The third step is planning to stop the madness because your only other choice is to do nothing and continue to feel like you’re not at the top of your game. It’s a clear choice, right? You’ve now made your decision: you are going to fix things. But how?

  • Analyze your busiest days and write down either: what takes the most time or what tasks feel the most inefficient, repetitive, mundane, etc.

  • Ask yourself: at the end of the week, what do I feel bad about not having time for?

  • Identify one thing that would allow you to get ahead.

Your fourth and final step is to plan. Keep in mind that there is no perfect formula or anticipated time frame. Each person has a different plate that is overflowing with various roles and responsibilities, and cleaning up will take a different amount of time for each person. Focus on the positive benefits you’ll reap by taking control of your effectiveness.

Work should be challenging. But feeling like you’re drowning or that you can’t get ahead is a sign that you need to make some changes. If you find yourself doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results, the choice is clear: it's time to make a small tweak to the routine. Anything is better than nothing.

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Nicole Vasquez | Co-Founder of Deskpass, Second Shift, and The Shift

Nicole Vasquez