Every executive I work with struggles with this question as there is always more to do than can be accomplished in any day. Time has become a differentiator in today’s marketplace. For example, if you can deliver quicker, you are likely to gain business. If you can close the month quicker, you’ll gain an advantage as you’ll be able to make informed decisions and adjust to issues more rapidly. If you have business intelligence with immediate access to information, you can analyze trends more rapidly. No matter how many of these tools you have, I’ve yet to work with an executive who was able to finish all their to-do lists each day.
Thus, figuring out what to work on is important. By default, we’ll work on whoever screams the loudest and is present and knocking on your door; however, these could be the opposite of what would deliver results. Thus, I’d consider thinking about a few strategies:
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