Old Lessons for New Leaders: Your Own Worst Enemy

After 12 years of working in the professional world, one thing I have learned is that I am my own worst enemy for getting things done.

Here is another installment of “Old Lessons for New Leaders“:

1. Work Hard / Play Hard – Mingling the too leaves you left still needing to accomplish both. Focusing hard at your desk for 45 minutes, then walking around for 10 minutes is better than a minute on and a minute off.

2. Have a Plan – if you don’t know what you are sitting down to do, then you will probably end up doing nothing.

3. Your Mac is Your Best Friend & Your Enemy – Our computers are a ton of fun, but they can be so distracting. Turn off unneeded programs, turn off distractions like twitter, facebook, Gchat, use a write room software for writing, even turn off your email.

4. Know Your Peek Times – If you work best in the morning, then don’t make that your social time. If you work best in the afternoon, then don’t schedule golf then. Knowing your best hours of work will make you way more effective. You can often do 6 hours of work in your best 4 hours. Conversely, you may only accomplish 3 or 4 hours of work in your worst 6 or 8 hours of effectiveness.

What have you all learned that you would add to this list?

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2 responses to “Old Lessons for New Leaders: Your Own Worst Enemy

  1. This is great stuff! I also am implementing a new tip I heard that says that you should only have 7 things on your to do list everyday. It’s apparently the most optimal for staying motivated and actually completing the tasks.

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