As 2014 comes to a close, it is a good idea to reflect on the year and think about what improvements you want to see made in your Arizona commercial office for 2015. Whether they are professional goals specific to you or organizational aspirations you think should be consistent throughout your Arizona offices, it is important to define them now so that they will be implemented and followed during 2015. Here are a few suggestions to help you maximize productivity, planning and proactivity in the New Year!
1. Manage your time more efficiently
It can be so easy to underestimate or overestimate how long a project will take you and your team to complete. Draw from you experiences in 2014 to plan your time better for the upcoming year. Just as well, try to designate certain portions of your day for certain tasks. For example, designate the time block from 10 in the morning until your lunch break for reading and answering client emails.
2. Delegate more effectively
Don’t assume that everyone in your Arizona commercial office will step-up and volunteer for specific tasks in group projects. Or more importantly, don’t assume you can do it all on your own! At the start of the year, assign specific people detailed tasks for long-term projects to ensure that all employees know what is expected of them. Better yet, find a task management application that keeps your entire team on the same page with allocated tasks by employee name.
3. Connect with your employees
Something positive to strive for the New Year is to establish a deeper level of connection with your employees. Keep in mind that you spend the majority of your day with these people, so it’s not a bad idea to get to know them on more of a personal level. This can be an enriching objective that leads to greater productivity as more people are willing to work better and harder for those bosses in which they like. Start by asking your employees what their plans are for the weekend or what passions they have outside of work. I bet their answers may surprise you!
4. Limit your distractions
It can be so tempting to waste precious time on your cell phone or on the web. Keep yourself focused at work next year by steering clear of personal websites on your work computer at certain times of day or by turning your cell phone on to the rarely used “do not disturb.” Similarly, you can motivate yourself by rewarding yourself each time you and your team accomplish a goal, such as completing a project.
5. Improve as a professional
Whether it is signing up for a training course in your field or watching motivational speeches on YouTube to help you better communicate with your employees, there is always something you can be doing to improve yourself as a member of the professional world. This year take the initiative to regularly better yourself to become a more valued member in your office.