It’s no secret—we’re all busy. We’re juggling too many tasks: picking up the kids from daycare, taking on one too many meetings, adding a freelance project on top of our already packed list of after-work tasks. The question is: are you using your time effectively? We could all use a little help figuring out how to maintain productivity and balance all of the tasks in our life. Check out some of the best tips to keep CEOs productive.
Join an Executive Peer Group
Joining a peer group with a group of CEOs in a similar position is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your business. You need to be held accountable for your goals and decisions, and you shouldn’t lean on your staff to do this. Other CEOs will understand what you’re going through, and they’ll be able to provide a valuable point of view that you wouldn’t otherwise receive. You’ll also be able to bounce around ideas that you need to get out of your head with a group of individuals you can trust.
Leave your Productive Times Open
If you know you’re most productive in the morning or at one o’clock in the afternoon, make sure you leave some time open for yourself to work on deliverables for the business. If you always schedule meeting during your most creative times, you risk losing those valuable ideas. Leave some time open in the morning or afternoon each day to get down your ideas and work on projects that aren’t for clients. Set aside time with zero interruptions. No meetings. No calls.
How much of what you’re trying to juggle at work each day can be handed off to other team members? As the CEO, you need to focus on the important tasks that will move the business forward. If you’re also spending time on social media campaigns and launching a new website that the marketing team can take care of, you’re wasting valuable time. They have specific skillsets and are more than competent and capable to take the reins on important projects you simply don’t have time for.
Avoid Useless Meetings and Set Time Limits
Limit meetings if you can. Many times, a meeting can be avoided entirely with a simple email. It’ll save a lot of time and unnecessary frustration. If a meeting is necessary, set time limits. Keep staff or clients focused with an agenda, and stay on track.
Stick to Routine
A tight routine has been beneficial for countless CEOs. Some leaders, from Mark Zuckerberg to former President Barrack Obama, routinized their clothing and wore the same standard outfit or colors every day. Why? There’s no need to waste time on deciding on an outfit when there are much more important decisions to be made. Set a schedule for yourself, from what time you will eat breakfast, check emails, and check in with the team, to what time you will read a book to your children and unwind for the night. Some CEOs go as far as to theme their weeks and focus on one specific task on Mondays (i.e. management), Tuesdays (i.e. finances), and so on.