Definition: Systematically approaches an issue or question
Relates to: Generate Data-Driven Insight
- Understand your assumptions before approaching an issue or question.
- Look at problems from multiple perspectives or, better yet, engage multiple perspectives. Look at processes from a customer, supplier and other stakeholder perspectives as well as your own.
- Know how long your activities take; use that knowledge to set goals for specific time periods (e.g., two staff meetings in a day).
- Become more conscious of what you are doing. To get the same understanding of your own work or productivity, keep a time log for a full week so you also capture the weekend — that’s when people tend to be less conscious of what they’re doing.
- Being more conscious with your work time is to plan out your hours; have a planning session at least once a week or a big one weekly and then smaller ones as projects get finished (i.e., if you want to make time for strategic thinking but you are “just too busy,” schedule the time).
- You are more likely to reach your dreams as long as you set discrete, doable tasks for yourself — and then make sure you’re held accountable. First, break down big projects into small steps and try to limit yourself to tackling three to six a day.
- Remember checking email is not the same thing as doing “work.”
- Regularly review your workload for what can be more efficiently delegated, done at a different standard or dropped.
- Understand when "good enough is good enough." Don't work at a higher standard than the work requires - save that time and energy for what must be done at the highest standard.
- Look for bottlenecks and other holdups in procedures and reduce or eliminate them.
Laura Vanderkam, What the Most Successful People Do at Work (New York: Portfolio/Penguin, 2013), 60.
"How to Become More Efficient and Detail-Orientated at Work." Lisa McQuerrey.