Working hard can be a difficult tablet to swallow as this usually means letting go of certain projects to free up time. The key here is to look at your career in the long term and not to focus on decisions that are for the next six months to a year. It is better to think about the next ten or even twenty years. Strategise how to apply skills to make your career or the company you work for more successful in the long term. Corner Rock discusses how to be an effective worker:
Firstly, get clear about what moves you forward. Take a long hard look at your to do list and your big picture goals. Some of these are more critical than others and must be done by you. Others are not so important and can possibly be done by others. Ask yourself “How can this help my business grow?” Be ruthless and do not be afraid to cut anything out that doesn’t fit. At Corner Rock time is spent to understand everyone’s goals and how to achieve them. Corner Rock helps to establish which is more important and what to hold back on so that everyone’s career can excel and help them in the long term. Without being to establish these goals to help everyone move forward, this can make it difficult to help individuals move forward in their career.
Secondly, say no to other people’s schedules. Coffee meetings, emails and social media can be good fun but they are not always necessary to reaching those goals. When others reach out to you they are putting you on their schedule. Be conscious of your time and not to get sucked into other people’s priorities if it is not productive for you. Corner Rock understands that everyone has friends, family and a social life. However, at the same time, Corner Rock highly recommends eliminating those who do not understand your career moves as these people can hold you back. If they cannot understand or support what you are doing through their negativity this can highly affect your ambitions over time without realising the effects. Distractions should also be noted here. Whilst it is good to take time out, do not get distracted by unnecessary factors as this can slow progression down.
Restructure your day. Working smarter allows you to maximise time when you are at your best. Even on our best day, we all have that time where we are “in the zone” and that is when we should work on the big stuff. Corner Rock teaches from day one the importance of having a structure to the day and this helps with organisation. A business cannot operate without organisation. Everyone has those points of the day where they do not want to carry on but Corner Rock teaches how to overcome this feeling and still have a successful day.
Plot your week out in advance. You must be strategic and intentional about how you spend your time. It is so easy to get caught up in small fires and other people’s requests if you don’t carefully guard your time. Set time aside each week to look at priorities and they will get done. Corner Rock encourages everyone to set aside a small amount of time on a Sunday to plan their goals and what they want to achieve in the week as well as everything else is needed for the week. If this is not done this can cause unnecessary stress throughout the week and as already mentioned, organisation is vital.
Most importantly, enjoy your down time. Working smart does not mean a 16 hour work day to achieve great results in your business. However, spending time checking emails and hovering over the shoulders of those you have delegated to, you are not working smarter. Working smarter gives your brain a break, so you can come back to work refreshed and smarter than when you left, this makes you more powerful during your work time. Corner Rock encourages everyone to take time out where they do not discuss work and to just relax and have fun. Work hard and play hard is extremely important here as all work can destroy a career.
These simple tips will make you a better person and a more successful CEO of a company, which is no doubt what, is what everyone wants to achieve. Has this made you consider your approach more to your career?