3 Productivity Tips for Leaders in the Workplace

Implement these easy suggestions to improve performance at work.

Posted Mar 01, 2019

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Leaders measure their success in different ways. Regardless of industry, top leaders inspire their followers to do more than they ever thought possible.

That goal isn’t as lofty as it might appear. The first step in accomplishing this is to give ourselves permission to evaluate the present as we plan for the future. Some leaders find it challenging to step away from the slew of emails and everyday deliverables in order to do this. But, if we want to effectively lead others, it is vital that we regain some mental headspace.

Incorporate these easy tips so that you have time to lead most effectively while appreciating your valuable employees.

1) Block out the first 30 minutes of the day and the last 30 minutes of the day to respond to emails. Put these times in your Outlook calendar and count them as official meetings. Think of these slots as your warm up and cool down periods. Many of us waste much of the day responding to and sorting emails. During the day, obviously, respond to pressing emails as they come in. But, you will be able to quickly return to your tasks if you know that you can respond to a less pressing email during your blocked email time.

2) Utilize a tool like Google Docs to collaborate with others. Or, consider a fee-based online service (like Basecamp) to keep everyone on your team on the same page with regard to projects and assignments. Both of these options are much more efficient than an email chain. When you open the lines of communication, you minimize double work. The goal is for participants to share details about work product and task completion. Some apps even provide automatic daily alerts to help you to keep track of who’s shared what.

3) Empower your team. The best leaders are most effective when they fully utilize the members of their team. Highlight (and benefit from!) the strengths of your respective employees. Don’t be a project hog. Rather, pass the baton to qualified employees for certain projects and initiatives. Set boundaries and guidelines so that employees know what they can do on their own without getting permission, and what they need approval for. Then, free your mind and focus your energy on those tasks that truly need your direct attention.

Copyright© 2019 Amy Cooper Hakim