It’s so easy isn’t it, to look at your ‘To Do’ list and completely underestimate how long certain tasks are going to take. And every single time you do that, it knocks you back in time, confidence and productivity.
When this happens – how do you react? Are you a proactive sort who goes straight into action mode? Are you tackling it head on with a ‘silver lining’ attitude of everything being completely fine? Or, are you like most of us; cursing the additional time taken because you’re already completely stacked with tasks that even the slightest bump in the road means yet another late night…?
No matter which persona you inhabit, one thing is universal – and it is that we all know (on some level) what caused that underestimation. Was it a lack of resource? Were you part of a chain of information that broke down? Did you just not realise exactly how long that task would take “in real life”? And the first step to avoid repeat instances of that is to be completely honest with yourself.
Honesty and Accountability should be tattooed onto everyone’s psyche by now as it’s something we all admit to having or wanting from our colleagues. But are we honest and accountable when we look inwards? I realise I’m proposing quite a lot of introspective questions in this piece, but it’s important to make sure that we are infallible (where possible!) so we can avoid any future underestimations!
From time to time we will all fall down; the important part is the getting back up and carrying on. And preferably doing that with a little life experience from it too. So, if your ‘To Do’ list is never ending, or is constantly being pushed further back so you can handle more immediate concerns – be honest with yourself – find out what is needed or what isn’t working and fix it.
Perhaps we can help. If you are overstretched, or your business would benefit from additional solutions – we can help. We have spent years coming up with options that help rule out or minimise all of those ‘underestimations’, so if you’re ready to make your life simpler and business more effective – get in touch today and know that Just Williams is always here to support you. Check out our latest vlog on Linked In where we celebrate passionate businesses coming together to support each other and the exciting new Peer to Peer opportunity with Tees Valley Business and Teesside University! View it here: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6755513154660290560