“Hit the ground running” often sums up a typical day on the job in which we are seemingly tugged and pulled throughout the day, handling the many tasks that come our way. You know the routine. As soon as you cross one job off the list, another two pop up in its place.
So how does one get off or — or at least slow down — this merry-go-round of activities and evaluate the day’s events?
For starters, sit down in a quiet place and calmly scan the day’s events in your mind. Take five or 10 minutes at the end of the work day to review how well things turned out. Are you satisfied? Is there room for improvement? Now is the time to make those determinations.
Business experts say this is an effective tool available to everyone, and one that should be used on a regular basis. The idea is to routinely evaluate your activities. Remembering how well you handled a particular project can help out the next time a similar project comes your way. If you can improve it a bit, tweak it until it’s just right.
And if something flopped, then remember not to repeat it ever again.
It can be as simple as taking a quick review of your planning calendar. Compare what you penciled in on a particular date to what actually took place. Were you able to go to every meeting you planned to attend? Did you get to meet with the people you needed to see that day? If the answer is no, ask yourself why, and if there is anything that can be done to make it happen in the future.
Take care of the things you are able to handle. If you need assistance, don’t hesitate to seek out someone who can help you.
Also remember to evaluate the individuals you dealt with throughout the day. Did you provide them with everything they needed, or did you need to bring them up to date on something that may have been overlooked? Now is the time to make a mental note to address that particular issue. In the workplace it is essential to retain the professional relationships you’ve worked hard to develop, as well as nurture new ones.
Reaping the benefits of such a routine means you’ll likely meet your daily goals on a more consistent basis. It also has an underlying benefit of making the company look better because of your improved performance.
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