As we’ve discussed here before, we really only have four options for creating change in our world. We domoreof the things we are doing. We can do lessof them. We can do them better or we can do them differently. Sometimes, doing things differently can have a dramatic and immediate impact on our productivity. But doing things differently, may only require a modest change in our approach to becoming more productive.
Many of us start out days with a simple list of things to do. And as the day grows, we find ourselves adding to that list until it seems impossible to do them all. Yet we just continue trying to trudge through those tasks.
But there’s a better way to move the dial of our own productivityand it is one that will feed our sales effectiveness, the productivity of our teams, and make us more effective leaders. After you’ve made your list of things to do for the day, look over it and decide which two or three items move the needle in terms of gauging your success. Then make sure do those things first.
Let’s say you’re an account exec with sales goals. You probably have to write reports, enter data in to a CIF system, and maybe even fill out an expense report. You also have to follow up with clients, reach out to new prospects, and stay abreast of market and product matters. But what moves the needle in terms of reaching is your relationship with people, right? So every day, before you do anything else, identify and block time on your calendar for making those calls, sending those emails and seeing those people.
Once you’ve done so, list who—the most important prospects and clients—you need to talk to and what you want to accomplish before you connect. Invest a few minutes in this kind of preparation and you will find yourself more effective in those interactions and reaching your goals more consistently. And don’t let yourself connect with anyone other than those most important prospects and clients.
To make sure you protect this time for interactions–building relationships–with your prospects and clients, ask your team—including your boss—not to interrupt you while you’re on the phone, sending emails and working through this process. You will be surprised how much they will appreciate your focus and how willingly they will respond if they know you will be undistracted when you do interact with your team once you’ve completed the tasks that move the dial in terms of your sales effectiveness.
Next week, we’ll talk some more about we can capitalize more on how doing things a little differently can lead to big gains in productivity!
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