KANSAS CITY — The difference between what we think we do and what we actually do can reveal some surprising opportunities for enhanced performance.
By honestly documenting our actual practices — our daily routines — and then comparing the series of tasks we think we do each day will provide a roadmap for mostpeople for improved efficiency and performance. This is really an instant replay of sorts. Replaying an event or even a whole of the day, is something we all think we do but not in any sort of systematic way.
Here is a good way to provide that systematic approach in three easy steps:
For most people there will be variances. For some, the variances will be significant. Change for change sake — adjusting the minor details to ensure compliance with what you think you do, or would like to do — is not important. Look for more significant issues that could be eating up valuable time and/or limiting your ability to have adequate time for those matters that are truly important.
Writing down what you think you do and what you actually do is a small part of being self-aware, and self-awareness is a critical leadership competency that is becoming more important with each passing day.
© 2019 John Gregory Self