A decade ago I had a 'What to do today' book. I've never completely recorded the book; I learned to be decisive instead.
Do you recognize having a to-do-list? Spending time, every workday morning again, reviewing the things you need to do? Of which many things could have been off your plate already?
Do you recognize e-mails asking attention? While if you do not immediately delete, reply, flag or store them properly, the decisions they ask for are postponed and will require your attention again, tomorrow?
Or do you recognize not deciding upon a request, yet. And the decision turned out to be made for you? Which caused the request you’ve dediced not to decide upon yet, is controlling you? Which outcome is either on your plate now or way out of your circle of influence?
What promotes indecisiveness is a culture of cc, approval, review, planning and priority setting.
Although this culture has grown to practice utmost care for major, irreversible decisions, often affecting people when made, it also contaminated the way we take numerous less major and minor decisions.
Also a long to-do list, your projects, e-mails -, meetings - and telephone calls coming in, not always properly set-up or working smoothly, promotes indecisiveness.
Or no knowing how you do step up for your time. By making most decisions fast, now, done. Which, if you do, will relieve your workload in a way you could never have imagined upfront. Space to focus on the things you care about and advance your career!
3 tips to respect your time:
TIP #1: Make most decisions fast, now, done. Decide as quickly as you can. In case of doubting your responsibility; decide. In case a decision really doesn’t feel good to take now, that’s a decision to postpone for a day or ask support for. In any other case decide. Because for most cases your first reaction is the one you'll carry out. Sooner or later. And if it turns out to be a wrong decision, of real importance, you will get it returned. To deal with it or to make a different decision.
TIP #2: Demand the space to decide quick. Be boldly clear about the fact that you respect your time as being valuable, as well as other people's time. Amongst others, don't postpone decisions when there's no need or feel for a pause or support.
TIP #3: Take a stand, take your responsibility. It's your decision. The majority of your decisions will turn out great, the ones that don’t; be willing to listen. And if necessary; clear the sky, deal with - or change it.
Indecisiveness could be your main time-consumer too. Free your time by taking as many decisions as possible at the moment one pops up. So you can invest time in the things you care for.
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