The Top 10 Ways to Get Work Done

Start simple, start small…but start somewhere. canstockphoto17790251

Start simple, start small…but start somewhere.

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Sometimes, I think the speed of life has turned us all into a bunch of clock brains.

You know what I mean by clock brain, right?

It’s not something anyone aspires to, that’s for sure. It looks like this:

You fall into a good job. No, a job you absolutely love. A job you can’t wait to keep coming to, where your colleagues are good people and your work makes a difference.

But it’s a job that doesn’t stop. There is no slow period, no real break, no time to regroup and get things together. There’s no time to stop and smell the proverbial roses, because there are proverbial daisies over there that need planting while the conditions are right. There’s always a new deadline to meet and limited resources available. New projects knock on your door while you’re still knee-deep in old ones, but if you miss out on this one, it could be the end.

That’s when clock brain begins. Not all at once, mind you. I’ll never find the time starts as a thought, actually, in response to a particularly busy moment when three, four, maybe five things are courting the same deadline, and your go-to people are caught up in their own work.

Soon, the thought grows into a belief, then becomes a vocal expression, then a limiting belief and in dire cases, a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Thing is, it’s still only a thought. Not a reality. Because when we’re wasting precious moments by spinning our wheels in clock brain, we’re so convinced by the belief of more time = more work completed that we ignore solutions—or, at the least, thinking in terms of solutions rather than limitations.

How do I know? I’ve fought clock brain for years. On a regular basis, I’ve assaulted my planner with neon sticky notes and hot pink highlighters, to no avail. While I haven’t figured out how to cram three more hours into each day, I’ve slowly come to see the problem not as a limitation of time, but my approach on how to get the work I need to get done, well, get done.

Maybe one of these strategies can help you break the cycle of clock brain thinking, too. Give one a try the next time you find yourself wishing for more hours in a day:

  • Go outside your company

If you’ve got more work than you and your employees can reasonably handle on a daily basis and maintain the business expectations, it may be time to consider adding employees. Especially for times when the work can be easily explained and delegated, bringing new people on board can also infuse your work and companies with fresh ideas.

  • Hire temporary help

Temporary is just that: for a set task or period of time. With strategic use of temporary help during peak seasons or for intensive tasks, you may find what you perceived as a problem due to lack of time is just a need for an extra set of hands.

  • Hire a full-time employee

Breaking in a new employee requires more of a time investment in upfront training, but the payoff can be exponential, especially if their job frees up time for the people you most count on, or who do the largest portion of daily tasks.

  • Hire a consultant

If you have the capital, a consultant’s observations can be invaluable in terms of not only how to free up more time on projects now, but on how to fine-tune your operations for the future with a critical eye toward how to best manage time and tasks.

  • Outsource

When reliable temporary help is difficult to find, outsourcing is a viable and cost-effective consideration.

It can also relieve employees of mundane tasks so they can focus on the core of your business operations.

  • Work within your company

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