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Today’s Marvelous Minute Meditation will cover specific ways you can gain back more time & become the Super Productive person you always wanted.
Recently I had a birthday and boy did it make me aware that “Father Time” just keeps on ticking. Never do I want to waste time if I can avoid it. Our first bullet point we want to cover today might not be an idea anyone has shared with you...
Don't have any chair other than your own chair in your immediate office.
It encourages people to have a quick meeting and to get to the point without sitting down & getting too comfortable. You could be a business owner, unit manager or some other type of manager. In these positions in American corporations, you are usually responsible for 1 -7 people that are your direct reports. I would strongly encourage you to embrace not having a chair for someone to sit down in your immediate office. Yes, it might be uncomfortable initially. Yes, I know it sounds goofy. But it’s time you change things up a bit. That’s why you are reading this. You know that I consistently bring you valuable resources.
This will get your team:
*Solving more problems on their own
*To more succinctly organize their thoughts
*To handle more stuff with a short email & NO FACE-TO-FACE INTERRUPTIONS.
*Get to the point because they don’t want to stand up too long in the first place.
(Can you imagine what 1 less interruption per hour of each day can do to help you be MORE PRODUCTIVE? 8 less interruptions. Heck, you might be able to go home early & not feel frustrated from handling everyone’s interruptions. What if you can CONSISTENTLY COMPLETE the items on YOUR CHECKLIST for a change? How would that make you feel? I know you. I see you. I feel you.)
“The best way to reduce your interruptions is to NOT SET YOURSELF up to be interrupted.”
That - & train them thoroughly. No one should be asking the same question 3 times, unless you are enabling this behavior or they have not been properly trained.
Quite frankly, there are thousands of unnecessary meetings that are conducted across America and the world where people are meeting to plan a meeting to plan yet another meeting. They are stuck in meeting hell. Some managers are calling meetings without a real, legitimate agenda. Many feel compelled to do it to justify their position. Meetings are not leadership. Leadership is Leadership.
All of these phrases, when uttered sincerely, save time because if communication is increased directly, it will cut out confusion & hard feelings. Both parties will be in a much better place.
Oftentimes we’ve received phone calls at our business & the caller was calling our number by accident. But because we were coming to them from a place of joy and joviality, (key core values in our business) they were drawn to us & what we could provide them. Did you catch that?
“People are drawn to joyful, jovial, happy people.”
How about you? Your team? Are they joyful, jovial & happy? That can be worked on. Yes, I will help you. I call it a “vibe”, OK. Is your “vibe” worth catching. Are you “attracting” or “repelling” people?
Good manners are not dead. Remember to use those manners & model the proper manners. Not just in a personal situation but also in business.
Don't use all of these great ideas in business like saying “please” and “thank you” and “yes ma'am” and “opening the door for ladies” then when you get home you treat your own family members with less respect. Don’t do that! Be authentic wherever you are - personal or business environments stay consistent.
Peace, love & Gumbo!
Marvin LeBlanc, LUTCF ®, CNP ®
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