By Michael Gidlewski
How often do we excuse unaccomplished goals with the statement “I don’t have time?”
I believe that we all have the time to achieve everything we want in life and business if we focus more on what really matters most – high payoff activities. You want to spend time doing the right thing in the right way at the right time and for the right reasons.
As business leaders some high payoff activities include personal development, building a high performing leadership team, providing strategic direction, goal setting and planning with your team, tracking results, and managing capital.
The reality is that we get so caught up in daily operations and navigating through crises that we put off these high payoff activities for when we have time – and the time never comes.
You can apply the S.E.D.O test to all organizational tasks, activities and processes and refocus your attention on the high payoff activities. S.E.D.O. stands for Simplify – Eliminate – Delegate – Outsource. And 5th test, Automate, has been recently added to remind us that technology can help us handle repetitive tasks without wasting our time and energy.
Simplify – What task, activity, or process can be simplified, streamlined, consolidated or rearranged?
Eliminate – What task, activity, or process that no longer has value to the organization can be eliminated?
Delegate – What task can be delegated to other team members?
Outsource – What task, process, or project are you currently doing that is not part of the core of your business? How can you outsource it?
Automate – Create systems and processes to handle repetitive tasks.
When you spend your time on high payoff activities, you will be more productive. You will have more energy, your people will be more engaged, and you will increase your opportunities to achieve your overall vision and mission with less stress.
Not only will you have time to do what you want in life and in business but you will be happier too!
Click here to download the S.E.D.O tool for free.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michael Gidlewski is President of West Chester-based Achievement Unlimited, Inc., as well as a growth catalyst and motivational speaker. He works with business owners and entrepreneurs to clearly define the elements of what they dearly want their businesses and lives to look like, then helps them connect all the moving parts to consistent action and habits. Michael can be reached at 610-793-6609 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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