Is it always all about
Are you preoccupied with your own career path and
looking good at the expense of others? Do you put
others down while you pump yourself up? Instead, conduct
yourself in such a way that other people will want
to see you succeed-- let their genuine support and
admiration of who you are pull you to success.
Answering cell phone
calls during meetings.
A surefire way to aggravate people is to consistently
respond to calls, emails and pagers when in conversation
with others. This sends a message that they are less
important than the caller. Let the calls go and return
them when your current conversation is over. If you
are expecting an urgent call, alert those present.
They will appreciate that you value their time and
that you stay focused on matters at hand.
Sending voicemails that
go on and on and on.
At the end of a voice message, replay it and hear
how you sound. Difficulty in getting to the point?
Just like giving a speech - state your objective or
main message first and follow it with brief, supporting
sub-points. Some people prefer voicemail, some email
- each workplace has its own expectations.
Acting like a bureaucrat.
Do you drag out turnaround times and play control
games? Do you create obstacles or barriers for others
to do their work? Making mountains out of molehills
is another surefire way to alienate people. Teach
people how to navigate your organization efficiently,
knowing when to stick with the rules and when to break
Reading the newspaper
or hammer on your laptop during training sessions
Yes, there are way too many meetings and you’ve
got more important things to do. Yet doing non-relevant
tasks when there is a set agenda sends a clear message
that this event or these people are unimportant to
you. Instead, be fully focused - chances are if you
completely engage, you will make important contributions
while you show you are a committed team player.
like, ya know . . ."
You are your words-even more so in virtual relationships.
You may be communicating with people worldwide who
know you only by the sound of your voice or the tone
of your emails. Become conscious of how you use language
and stop communicating in ways that cause you to sound
inexperienced or unprofessional. Ask those you trust
and respect for feedback.
Doing your bills at the office.
Whether you are paying your bills, planning your wedding,
or placing an online order for a special gift, avoid
doing them on office time. People understand short
personal calls and respect emergencies, but they don’t
appreciate seeing you get paid to manage your life.
Skirting around the
Ask ten companies to define business casual and you
have ten different definitions. Dressing for work
has never been more complicated - especially if you
work at multiple locations. Prioritize matching your
customer’s dress code and if visiting more than
one on a given day and the codes conflict, go for
a classic, neutral look and be prepared to flex -
adding or losing a jacket or tie between locations.
Taking it too easy on telecommute
Run a few errands and throw in a load of laundry?
Hey, you’re a hard worker and deserve work-life
balance. Telecommuting can be a tremendous win-win
but if you stretch it to its limits, you may blow
the policy for yourself and others. Meet your deadlines,
be readily available during business hours, and do
great work -- skip the temptation to make it appear
like you are working but you’re really not.
Make sure you are clear on your organization’s
ethics policies and have the courage and conviction
to uphold them. It’s easy to draw the line on
major violations but watch for the subtle ways you
may be pulling others in the wrong direction to achieve
goals-massaging numbers or data, violating copyright,
or providing misleading information. Raise the ethics
bar high and hold yourself and others to it
10 Tips for Getting It Done When You NEVER Have Enough
you never seem to have enough time — just can’t
find enough hours in the day to get it all done?
not alone! Most professionals occasionally feel overwhelmed
with the hectic lives they lead. But if you find yourself
continually stressed out because you’re swamped
at work and snowed under at home, it’s time
to take stock of what’s going wrong.
Reasons Things Don’t Get Done:
2. We get distracted.
3. We can’t say no.
4. We don’t delegate.
5. We’re perfectionists.
6. We take on too many commitments at once.
of why you aren’t getting things done, don’t
let circumstances dictate what happens to your precious
time. Here are 10 proven ways to regain control of
your time and get things done, both at work and at
Proven Ways to Get It Done
Just say no.
The word “no” is a powerful time-saver!
Saying “yes” all the time doesn’t
guarantee career advancement or popularity. It may,
in fact, get you labeled as a doormat. Practice saying
“no” in a friendly but matter-of-fact
fashion, without overexplaining. Remember, you can
always say “no” to assuming total responsibility
while still offering to help in a smaller, specific
Learn to delegate.
When you delegate, you instantly increase time you
have available — and you help others learn new
skills. First, determine who is most capable of the
task. Then thoroughly explain the job, your expectations,
deadlines and how you’ll monitor progress. Put
these points in writing for the person. Then ask him
or her to summarize the assignment, so you’ll
know you’ve clearly communicated what's been
If you have a number of major projects gathering dust
because you’re going to do them when you “find
time,” stop waiting and start scheduling. Most
busy professionals never find spare time, so if you
really want to get a project done, set a start date
and a deadline. Then map out the steps you’ll
need to do to complete the project and stick to your
Do first the thing you
This is an excellent timesaving habit to get into.
Most of us waste far too much time and energy thinking
about dreaded tasks rather than actually doing them.
Get the most disliked jobs out of the way first, and
you’ll get a great sense of accomplishment.
Plus, you’ll be able to enjoy the rest of the
day, knowing your worst task is out of the way.
Procrastination is Enemy No. 1 if you’re serious
about getting things done. When you delay doing what
needs to be done, you end up working “under
the gun,” which means the project won’t
get your best effort. Procrastination is a bad habit
that can sabotage your career success and damage your
personal relationships. If you frequently procrastinate,
take a hard look at why you’re choosing this
Maintain a master calendar.
Keep track of plans for the entire family on a master
calendar, and be sure to include any overtime or business
travel you’re scheduled for. Make sure the kids
alert you whenever they add something to it. The minute
you arrive at work, transfer into your planner the
dates and times of personal commitments such as school
conferences, a child’s doctor appointment or
transportation needs that will occur during your work
day or right after work.
Most people who manage their time effectively rely
on lists as organizational tools, research shows.
List every step of a project, and you won’t
have to redo it because you forgot a crucial step.
Make a grocery list, and you won’t have run
to the store a second time for forgotten items. Use
daily, weekly and monthly lists, rather than making
a huge list you’ll never finish.
and eliminate them.
Distractions come in a zillion forms — from
chatty coworkers to a TV at home that’s never
turned off. But all distractions keep you from the
task at hand. Understand the real issue: You’re
allowing yourself to avoid a task by giving in to
distractions. Identify major distractions and eliminate
those you can. Then the next time you’re tempted
by a distraction, STOP and focus on your priorities.
Getting overcommitted is a huge time trap. If this
is a frequent problem, either you haven’t learned
to say “No,” or you aren’t accurately
estimating how long it will take you to complete certain
tasks. Overscheduling yourself and your family adds
unwanted stress to your life, so always check your
master calendar before you agree to do ANYTHING more.
Perfectionism saps your energy and wastes your time.
If you hear yourself saying, “Well, I can’t
start this project now because I don’t have
time to do it right,” or find yourself redoing
something because “it’s not perfect,”
then recognize you’re allowing your perfectionism
to steal your time. Many tasks we do are noncritical,
so let “good enough” be good enough and