Is this the best use of my time right now?

As someone who always has a lot of projects on the go, whether it’s to do with work and the world of Professional Services, helping with my local Scout Group or work as a Network Scout Commissioner, or juggling other personal commitments, I’m generally told by my peers and family that I am always busy and am asked how I cope with everything that I have going on?

I came across a quote once that said, “If you want something done, you should always ask a busy person.” When someone is busy, they are more likely to manage their time to their advantage, ensuring the things that they need to get done are done. Within the busy world of Professional Services with multiple customer projects running concurrently, multiple resource needs across projects, multiple reporting lines going on in parallel, and last but by no means least, ensuring Fusion is customer and staff focused, I share you my top 3 tips on how to manage yourself effectively ensuring you optimise the use of your time to ultimately remain successful.

  1. Step back, write down and prioritise

With a to-do list as long as your arm, it may seem intimidating to know where to start, and you are sometimes stuck on what needs to be done first. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the little things involving your projects and goals without thinking about where you are heading. That’s why it is vital to step back and look at the bigger picture. I always find it best to write everything down and then from that prioritise my work in such a way I start to get things ticked off my list.

  1. From prioritising, what can wait and what can be offloaded

Following on from point 1, once you’ve seen the bigger picture and know exactly what needs to be done, you can then start to figure out how to prioritise your work. By taking a step back, you’ll start to notice that you can make changes. Perhaps you’ll realise that you’ll need to delegate some work, or even have some work that can wait.

  1. Re-use something that has been successful wherever possible, don’t reinvent the wheel

I generally believe that plagiarism is the highest form of flattery. If you have something that you’ve worked on successfully before, then use it again. Here at Fusion, we understand what works well and what doesn’t and we can tailor this knowledge to help any organisation meet their specified outcomes.

To summarise, before you start your day today, ask yourself, “Is this the best use of my time right now?” You’ve got to know what is important and then give it all you’ve got, ensuring a successful and efficient outcome to your list of things to do.

Neil Peerman
Director of Worldwide Professional Services

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By Daniel Swann