TIME MATTERS: ARE YOU REALLY EFFECTIVE OR MERELY EFFICIENT


Priority Management is a Global training company providing tools, techniques and training solutions to enhance eectiveness and productivity for individuals, teams and organisations around the world.  Over two million people have now benefited from Priority Management’s training programs.

To be described as an “efficient worker” in today’s workplace is not the compliment it once was. It’s somewhat akin to commending a gardener who cuts the lawn at lightning speed, but in the process mows down all the flowerbeds in his path. Being efficient just isn’t good enough in today’s competitive and continually changing workplace. It’s up to you to make sure your working style is effective… meaning you get the right things done first.

Take this quiz to determine whether your working style leans more towards efficient or effective.

Answer yes or no to the following questions.

When an e-mail arrives, do you look through it immediately to make   sure you aren’t missing something that needs action?

Yes

No

When a text, fax or letter lands on your desk or Smartphone, do you   read it right away?

Yes

No

When someone interrupts you, do you pride yourself on being able to   respond immediately?

Yes

No

Do you judge how successful your day was by counting how many items   are crossed off your “to do” list without considering their   relative importance?

Yes

No

Do you often get to the end of the day and find you haven’t made an   “appointment with yourself” – a solid period of uninterrupted time?  

Yes

No

Do you try to respond to voicemail immediately, even if it interrupts   something else?

Yes

No

Do you find that some days you don’t even look at your “to   do” list until several hours into the work day?

Yes

No

 

 

 

How do   you rate?

Give yourself 2 points for each “yes” answer and 1 point for   each “no”.

12-14 points: Stop reacting and start managing your   priorities! You may put too much emphasis on responding quickly, rather than   assessing which tasks are the most important. Don’t mistake   “urgent” for “important”!

9-11 points: Resist the temptation to react to interruptions,   whether it’s an email, text, fax, phone message or co-worker with a question.   If you aren’t getting the important tasks done, you won’t win any points for   responding to less important demands on your time.

7-8 points: Congratulations! You probably know how to   identify and manage your priorities. This helps you focus your energies most   productively. Remember to prioritize every task, so you can determine which   ones should demand your attention first.

 

Please contact Priority Management on 011 285 0045 or 082 883 0332 and one of our Account Managers will arrange a time to introduce our solutions to you.

 

 

 Karen Hardman  |  Account Manager  |  Priority Management  |  South Africa

One– Priority Global Network  |  A Better Way to Work   

Tel: +27 11 285 0045 |M  +27 82 883 0332    |  E karen@prioritymanagement.co.za

www.prioritymanagement.com

 

I am not always in the office and may not be able to respond quickly to your email. If you require urgent assistance please contact me on BlackBerry +27 82 883 0332

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