Those of you who know me, personally or through my work, know that I'm all about organization. I've blogged about it, guided clients through it, and practice it in my work. I often take the time during the renewal of spring to re-evaluate my own practices. Am I using time efficiently? Do I balance life and work? What are my priorities for clients?
But sometimes we don't see areas in which we could improve as we're going through our daily work. It can be an interesting exercise to step back from the "DOING" and take a look at HOW you're doing.
Jot down an informal step-by-step listing of how you do what you do. This exercise can help you see more clearly what could change to save you time or effort.
Many years ago I was involved with Total Quality Improvement processes and disaster recovery for an employer. As analytical as I can be, it was one of the most enjoyable tasks I had there. It taught me a great deal about efficiencies and repeated evaluation of systems. I tend to get too bogged down in lists, but I have done this exercise myself to great advantage.
Another way to step back is to engage some outside guidance. I recently "accidentally" (yeah, right!) found a new friend and client who offers just such a service. Lisa Crilley Mallis of System Savvy Consulting offers an objective, expert look at personal and business systems. As a time strategy visionary, Lisa teaches you how to regain control of your life, pick tasks with a purpose, and eliminate distractions.
However you go about it, do a self-review soon!
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