It’s very easy to think that to grow our businesses or create success, we need to learn get better at marketing and sales or learn some new tactic.
I often find that this is not the case. The most important thing that we need to work on is ourselves.
One of the biggest challenges that I see most business owners struggling with is actually getting the things done that they need to do. That is to get more done at work.
I see it a lot with clients and this is an area of my own performance that I’m putting a lot of effort into working on and improving for myself.
That means that I am doing a lot of studying and practice/training in this area.
Three Main Skills
I’ve found is that there are three main skills we can develop if we want to improve in this area:
👉 knowing what the best thing we can invest our time in at any given moment is – the 20% that gives the 80% of our results.
👉 how to work effectively and efficiently with focus.
👉 anticipating the challenges or obstacles that will get in our way and putting in place a plan to deal with them.
Anticipating The Challenges
Taking that last one, there are two main techniques that I use for myself and with clients so that we can get more done at work.
One is called WOOP (Wish, Outcome, Obstacle, Plan) a process developed by Gabriele Oettingen (I’ll share more about that later) and the other is Pre-Mortem.
I’ve just added Pre-Mortem to the monthly reviews that I do with my 1-1 and Focus-Action-Results clients and I suggest that you start to practice it to.
How To Use The Pre-Mortem Technique To Get More Done At Work
As part of their monthly check-in/reviews, I ask my clients to share the outcome (results) they are working towards and the process (actions) they are going to COMMIT to doing to achieve this.
Then I ask them:
“It’s the final day of the month. You haven’t honoured your commitments (actions you committed to). Knowing yourself, what caused the failure? What will you do to turn this into a Gift?”
That bit there… that’s the Pre-Mortem.
A simple, yet powerfully effective technique to get more done at work each month.