Did you make a new year’s resolution to work less and play more? How’s it going? If you’re like most people, two months into the New Year resolutions have faded from their consciousness. But, don’t give up. It’s not too late to take some steps to get control of your time and free up more time to play. Here’s where to start:
Get a grip…quit reacting
There is a big difference between reacting to things nipping at your heels every day, and being responsive to situations needing your focus and attention. Set aside time to plan and schedule key activities on your calendar, review them at the beginning of your day and stick to them. If you don’t someone else or the crisis of the moment will take over.
Stop the revolving door
If you feel like you need a number machine outside your office door, it’s time to change how you address things people bring to your attention, seek help with or shift to your to-do pile. If people come to you looking for solutions or to make decisions that affect their work, only discuss problems that come with potential solutions and shift decision authority to where it belongs.
Engage your people
Your job is to ensure your team effectively handles the volume of work and delivers the desired results. How effectively you function in your role determines how many hours you spend doing your job. Make a list of tasks you perform on a regular basis and circle those items someone else should be doing. Now, clarify your boundaries, decide who to empower, hand them off and address any questions they have. Make sure to schedule time for them to status you on how things are going, share any concerns and ask for additional guidance.
These steps will help you balance your life by working less and playing more!