Simple Ways to Get More Done

Get er’ Done. The wise words of our favorite redneck, Larry the Cable Guy. I’d like to think it’s that simple. But being productive and actually “getting things done” can be tricky.

Get er’ Done. The wise words of our favorite redneck, Larry the Cable Guy. I’d like to think it’s that simple. But being productive and actually “getting things done” can be tricky. Here are four simple ways to actually get more done at the office:

Re-examine your workflows.

Do they provide a structure that supports creativity and innovation? Too much process can cripple teams, so can lack of process. Understand your process. Write it down. Look for gaps. Improve them. Implement.

Make meetings count.

Ever feel like you have too many meetings? Do you even leave knowing more than when you walked in? If your meeting doesn’t fulfill these five reasons, DON’T HAVE ONE:

  1. To give information
  2. To get information
  3. To develop options together
  4. To make decisions
  5. For human contact

Always ensure they run lean. Only use for critical issues, not status updates.

Trim down your review and approval process.

Keep your revisions process down to 2-3 rounds max. How? First, start strong. Have a firm plan and clear creative brief in place. Every creative brief should answer the following: Purpose, Scope, and Success requirements. Second. Run lean. Cut down your approval chain. Do 6 people need to see this or will 3 suffice?

Measure what matters.

Understand key work performance indicators before taking on new projects.

  1. Bandwidth. Know when to say no. Does my team have the capacity to take on new work?
  2. Turnaround Time. How quickly can we actually get something done?
  3. Output. Given our typical capacity and turnaround time, can we guarantee quality output?
Blaire Plunkett
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