A constant question should be running through your mind while completing your daily tasks: Is there a less expensive, faster, or better way to perform my job? Efficient people constantly evaluate their current methods and procedures, and whenever applicable, they employ streamlined, updated ways of doing the same old job.
Larger, difficult tasks generally warrant extra planning. Before proceeding with a complicated project or task, ask yourself the following questions:
1. Have I considered all the angles to performing this task?
2. Can I complete the job correctly on time?
3. Do I get organized before I begin a task?
4. Do I remain organized while doing my job?
5. Am I competent and resourceful?
6. Do I consider the most cost-effective, time-effective methods for completing my work?
7. Is the tried-and-true method the best way to handle this job?
8. Is there a more effective way of performing my duties?
9. How can I work smarter?
10. Do I waste company time?
The answer to Questions 1 through 6 should be yes. If you did not answer yes, consider how you can become better organized (and take a look at #38). If you answered yes to Question 7 and no to Questions 8 and 9, use the tried-and-true method. If you answered no to Question 7 and yes to Questions 8 and 9, find a more effective method. If you answered no to Question 10, you are on the right track.
Staying on task as long as possible will increase your efficiency and speed, because it takes time to acclimate when switching back and forth between tasks. However, in today’s workplace, the ability to
multitask is a must as there are priority calls and emails to respond to, meetings to attend, customers to help, etc. Many tasks will not be completed in a single day, but breaking them down into chunks could
help you gain blocks of concentration time to aid efficiency.
101 Ways to Make Yourself Indispensable at Work. 101 Ways to Make Yourself Indispensable at Work, ISBN: 9781435454323
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