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LEADERSHIP IS A PROCESS OF SOCIAL INFLUENCE, WHICH MAXIMISES THE EFFORTS OF OTHERS TOWARDS THE ACHIEVEMENT OF A SHARED GOAL.
Tuesday, August 02, 2011
Ensure you stay on track by asking yourself the following questions at the beginning of every month.
What are my top three priorities this month? Your monthly priorities may include completing a work assignment, starting a home-improvement project or spending some quality time with your family or friends. Whatever the case, identify your three most important priorities for the month.
What must I accomplish to ensure that my priorities are met? Once you have identified your most important priorities, look at your calendar and discern what you need to do to accomplish them. If spending quality time with your family this month is at the top of your list, there may be several small work assignments that you need to get done ahead of time to ensure your family gets your full attention during your time off. Or, if you have a large work project due at the end of the month, assign yourself incremental deadlines throughout the month to ensure you stay on track.
What are the obstacles that I may encounter? Take a hard look at your monthly calendar and seek out those things that may throw you off track. Are two of your priorities competing for your attention this month? Is it likely that your boss will have last-minute demands? Attempt to anticipate likely obstacles whenever possible.
How will I handle those obstacles? Decide now what actions you will take to surmount anticipated obstacles. If you have two competing priorities such as the completion of a work project and a much anticipated family vacation, decide now how to best allocate your time. Perhaps that means working the first two weekends of the month to ensure a stress-free, family focused holiday. Plan ahead for likely last-minute demands on your time.
Where is the “me time”? As leaders and as human-beings, we are constantly looking out for the needs of others. However, in order to rejuvenate and refresh, you should ensure that you set aside at least a few hours every month for yourself. Whether it is a free Saturday afternoon to spend with a favourite book or week-night ceramics class just for fun, make sure that you have some monthly “me time” on your calendar.