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1 (Tips to Paint a Less Stressful Picture of Your Work Life) Work S.M.A.R.T.Not H.A.R.D.(Tips to Paint a Less Stressful Picture of Your Work Life)SCAGPO ConferenceNovember 8, 2012Georgette Council, CEOEPowerpoint Templates
2 Who Am I?I am your constant companion. I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden. I will push you onward or drag you down to failure. I am completely at your command. Half the things you do you might as well just turn over to me and I will be able to do them quickly and correctly.
3 Who Am I?I am easily managed – you must merely be firm with me. Show me exactly how you want something done and after a few lessons I will do it automatically. I am the servant of all great individuals and, alas, of all failures as well. Those who are great, I have made great. Those who are failures, I have made failures.
4 Who Am I?I am not a machine, though I work with all the precision of a machine plus the intelligence of a human. You may run me for a profit or run me for ruin – it makes no difference to me.
5 Who Am I?Take me, train me, be firm with me, and I will place the world at your feet. Be easy with me and I will destroy you.
7 Habit (Definition)an acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntarycustomary practice or usea particular practice, custom, or usage a dominant or regular disposition or tendency; prevailing character or qualityan acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary: the habit of looking both ways before crossing the street.2.customary practice or use: Daily bathing is an American habit.3.a particular practice, custom, or usage: the habit of shaking hands.4.a dominant or regular disposition or tendency; prevailing character or quality: She has a habit of looking at the bright side of things.
8 Habits – Good or Bad? Good if… They lead to solutions They make you more productiveThey are sustainableThey allow for “me time”Make you accountable
9 Habits – Good or Bad? Bad if… They lead to excuses They make you less productiveThey take a lot of effort or energyThey allow you no time to decompressLay blame on others
10 Do your habits lead you to look like this at work?
15 Working HARDer not SMARTer: H – Haphazard A – Alternating Priorities R – Random D - DevalueH – Haphazard – establishing work priorities is hit and missA – Alternating Priorities – firefighting; often working more to achieve lessR – Random – no structured approach to achieving critical business resultsD – Devalue – business results and individual contribution
16 Working SMARTer not HARDer: S – Strategic & Specific M – Mitigate Distractions A – Agree & Ask/Achievable R – Realistic/Rewarding T – Time and TrainS – Strategic & Specific – it must clearly state exactly what is expectedM – Mitigate Distractions – be proactive in setting the tone for how you will workA – Agree and Ask – at the outset there must be agreement with bosses/coworkers regarding the work environment and that includes freedom to ask questions, ask for help, etc.R – Realistic – it must be achievable within the bounds of time and support available. You must feel a sense of accomplishment at the conclusion of the task.T – Time and Train – ensure you have adequate time to complete tasks and demonstrate (train) those you work with to respect that timeframe
17 “He/She has more time than I do” The truth is….“We all have the same 24 hours, the difference is in how we use them.”- Georgette Council, CEOEThere are many excuses as to why one person feels another is more productive, effective or efficient, but one of the most popular and widely used explanations (excuses) is this one…
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28 I II III IV Urgent Not Urgent Important Not Important . Crisis . Pressing problems. Deadline-driven projects, meetings, preparations. Preparation. Prevention. Values clarification. Planning. Relationship building. True re-creation. Empowerment. Interruptions, somephone calls. Some mail, some reports. Some meetings. Many proximate,pressing matters. Many popular activities. Trivia, busywork. Some phone calls. Time wasters. “Escape” activities. Irrelevant mail. Excessive TVIIIIIIIVUrgentNot UrgentImportantNot ImportantQuadrant I Represents things that are both “urgent” and “important” – we need to spend time hereThis is where we manage, we produce, where we bring our experience and judgment to bear in responding to many needs and challenges.Many important activities become urgent through procrastination, or because we don’t do enough prevention and planningQuadrant II Includes activities that are “important, but not urgent”- Quadrant of QualityHere’s where we do our long-range planning, anticipate and prevent problems, empower others, broaden our minds and increase our skillsIgnoring this Quadrant feeds and enlarges Quadrant I, creating stress, burnout, and deeper crises for the person consumed by itInvesting in this Quadrant shrinks Quadrant IQuadrant III Includes things that are “urgent, but not important” - Quadrant of Deception.The noise of urgency creates the illusion of importance.Actual activities, if they’re important at all, are important to someone else.Many phone calls, meetings and drop-in visitors fall into this categoryQuadrant IV Reserved for activities that are “not urgent, not important”- Quadrant of WasteWe often “escape” to Quadrant IV for survivalReading addictive novels, watching mindless television shows, or gossiping at office would qualify as Quadrant IV time-wasters
29 Why Work S.M.A.R.T.? Gains time Motivates and initiates Eliminates crammingKeeps stress and anxiety awayKeeps your priorities in orderMakes you competitive
30 Time Management Strategies Plan Your Day Prioritize Your Tasks Make Lists Create Schedules Set Deadlines Take A Break Say NOPlan each day. Planning your day can help you accomplish more and feel more in control of your life. Write a to-do list, putting the most important tasks at the top. Keep a schedule of your daily activities to minimize conflicts and last-minute rushes.your tasks. Time-consuming but relatively unimportant tasks can consume a lot of your day. Prioritizing tasks will ensure that you spend your time and energy on those that are truly important to you.Make Lists. Writing down what you intend to do and in what order will give you a realistic, visual way to see exactly how much you plan to accomplishCreate Schedules. Do a time assessment. Take a day or a week and write down how you spend each minute of your workday. You will be surprised at how much time is spent on wasted activities. Once you have an assessment of your time, make a schedule – and STICK TO IT.Set Deadlines. Giving yourself a deadline gives you a concrete goal to work towards. You will have a sense of accomplishment when you meet or beat the deadline you set for a given task.Take a break when needed. Too much stress can derail your attempts at getting organized. When you need a break, take one. Take a walk. Do some quick stretches at your workstation. Take a day of vacation to rest and re-energizeSay No. Consider your goals and current workload before taking on additional work
31 Minor Time Wasters Interruptions we face during the day Being a slave on the telephoneUnexpected/Unwanted visitorsNeedless reports/Junk mailMeetings without agenda
32 Major Time Wasters Procrastination Afraid to Delegate Not Wanting to Say "NO"Low Self-EsteemProblems With Objectives/Priorities
33 Action Plan Enter the RISK ZONE Communicate & Clarify Do not “REACT” to UrgencyDeal with One Paper only OnceAllocate time according to Priorities (Quiet Hour, Session I,II,III,IV)
34 Action Plan “TO DO LIST” (Top 3 Priorities today) Have a follow throughLearn to say two letter word - "NO"Delegate low priority items
35 Thank You for Your Time and Attention! Questions?