Friday, December 14, 2012

One Clean Sheet of Paper

This week I had the opportunity to present “Getting It All Done: Time Management for Champions” to managers of the Holt C Stores company. These folks are managers of convenience stores in Southeastern North Carolina and they are fun, quick and smart.

One person had a great system for communications and organization. When she gets a call from a regional manager, has a meeting with an employee or is in any situation in which she is going to get instructions on what she needs to do—she has a sheet of paper in front of her on which she notes the task or writes the steps to getting the task done.

In fact, she won’t answer her telephone if she is not in a situation in which she can get that sheet of paper in front of her.

“There is so much going on around me that I can’t afford to rely on my memory,” she explained. “But, I can rely on writing it down and being able to go back and check it out.”

In addition to having information written down another secret to the method is that she has to slow down just a little bit in order to focus on the process and the task.

In today’s world in which most of us are running at Mach 2 with our hair of fire anything that slows us down and allows us to focus—even a little bit—is a good thing.

Have a great weekend…and be sure to get that last shopping trip done so you can relax next week and weekend…I’ll see you Monday.

1 comment:

  1. Reminds me of two great quotes from a basketball coach.
    'Discipline yourself and others won't need to.' & 'Be quick, but don't hurry.'

    both from John Wooden