Every Tuesday we think some thinks and round up some top tips.
“If you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail” is a mantra that has accompanied me throughout my professional life. If I really want something, I make damn sure I know where I want to get to and how I’m going to get there. Which is just dandy, when it’s something I want to do. But what about all those things I have to do (financial reconciliation anyone?) that I don’t necessarily want to do. Well, thankfully, I have a very patient team who cajoles me over the finish line.
But I always knew, in the back of my mind, something needed to change. Enter the altMBA: to challenge me from fresh angles! Hidden away in a little footnote, I spotted the game-changing words: micro-habits. Intrigued, I looked into it further and discovered that to get something done I don’t necessarily have to give it my all. Sometimes a few tiny nudges are sufficient to get me to where I want to be.
The learning? Rather than blocking out 4 hours a week for finance, why couldn’t I just do 1 hour a day? Suddenly, it’s a much less painful process. And, this way, the bureaucratic stuff always stays front of mind, which helps because it really does matter (even if I’d rather be working on a piece of exciting client work).
Ready to start dominating your most tedious tasks? Here are my top tips:
1. Get real with yourself: identify those things that are slipping because you simply don’t want to do it.
2. Follow the 20/80 rule: According to the Pareto Principle, 80% of outputs come from 20% of inputs, so make sure you follow those small tasks that will drive the maximum results and prioritise them!
3. Launch your tiny habits: get going with these priorities and make them happen daily – you’ll be surprised how much you’ll achieve. Don’t forget to re-evaluate regularly because if you’re not seeing exponential results you’ve likely not hit your biggest priorities!
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