Determine if there are activities in your day that will not help you achieve your goals but block your path.
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People love routine. When it comes to achieving measurable goals, it means that we tend to do the same thing as we've always done, and in the same order. This also happens with our habits when working in teams. You've probably worked with your team long enough to feel like you know what to expect from them and have developed habitual patterns in the way they interact. And most likely the feeling is mutual. Maybe it's time to change those impressions.
To be a better manager, it is important to take risks and make necessary improvements. This often requires identifying what is working and what needs improvement. Sometimes it's so easy to figure it out how to ask yourself these three questions:
1. What habits have brought you where you are today?
2. What habits might be preventing you from reaching your next big goals?
3. Is it time to ask for feedback?
If you look closely at your habits, you will get a powerful picture of what has worked so far, and you can make conscious changes too. My friend and mentor Marshall Goldsmith wrote a book whose title says it all: What got you here doesn't get you there (what got you here doesn't get you anywhere). What are your current habits that might prevent you from reaching the next level?
Some questions to start with are: Do you start meetings on time? Do you listen to the comments without interrupting them? Do you ask clarifying questions? Do you see the person you are talking to or are you keeping an eye on your digital device? Can you spot a job well done and new ideas? Which habits worked well for you? And which ones do you think you need to change in order to move forward?
Next, ask yourself what are you doing to sabotage your way of achieving your goals. I know an entrepreneur who recently noticed that he used the first hour of his working day to check his email and social media accounts. As a five-day experiment, he focused that same morning hour on finding new suppliers for his company. This simple change allowed him to extend his release date by three weeks.
One way to find out what is and what is not working for your habits is to seek feedback from those around you. Feedback won't necessarily indicate something is wrong; it could simply show that you are open to new ideas and strategies.
Asking for feedback can also speed up and increase the effectiveness of your efforts. Feedback can maximize your focus, energy, and time so that you can get things done and done right. Time and time again, I've seen entrepreneurs manage their productivity well and get more out of their efforts because they've asked the right people for feedback.
To find out whether your habits are working or not, clearly define the results you want. When you fully understand what you want to achieve, you can reflect on how your actions over the past hours, days, or weeks have allowed you (or not) to get closer to your goals.