Understanding your priorities
As a business leader/owner, time is a valuable commodity and therefore maximising your effective use of this is the key element of self management. A good starting point for self analysis in this area is to understand where you are spending your time at this moment. How can you go about doing this? There are a number of ways of doing so, for example:
- Important / Urgent
- Important / Not Urgent
- Not Important / Urgent
- Not Important / Not Urgent
An honest assessment of this will immediately identify that you are focussed on the right aspects of the business (whatever they are). However, if you are spending a lot of time in the urgent but not important (for example responding to other peoples emails) this suggests that you need to re-evaluate the prioritisation of your time and the activities you undertake.
Understanding your effectiveness
In addition to understanding where you are spending your time, it is also useful to ensure you are carrying out your most important work at the most important time of the day. With some people, their most effective time is first thing in the morning, if this is the case you should plan your day to carry out your most strategically important/activities that are likely to have the biggest, positive impacts on the business at this time. If you are more productive in the afternoon’s, your planning of the activity should reflect this.
The key in both of these simple self-help checks is to have a good level of personal-awareness and a willingness to improve / develop. BHP Consulting offer mentoring services to senior business leaders and their management teams, and a key part of the support mechanisms that they can offer through this process involves the development of self-help and self-analysis tools. These include how to be an effective listener, strategic thinking techniques, simple decision making templates and many other ideas. This will ultimately enable the client/director/manager to be more effective in their role.
All of our Consultants have successfully led and grown their own businesses. Their practical knowledge and understanding enables them to give ‘real world’ support to our clients.