Being a manager can be difficult and demanding as it takes 100% dedication to the people you work with and for. Often times managers will not be able to accomplish what is necessary each day, with their personal job tasks, because they need to help those they manage.
Many mornings these managers come to work concerned because they were unable to complete the work from the prior day and know possibly that today they may get further behind.
In situations like this, as a manager, you need to be able to regroup in order to move forward. Below are a few steps you can take that will get you headed in the right direction.
1. Evaluate – What processes are you doing now that you could simplify? Do the difficult things first. What possibly could you stop doing and it would not make a difference? Can you delegate any of your tasks to team members? Leave emotion out and look at each task individually.
2. Define Goals – Make them easy. Write down the three most important tasks that you need to do for the day. It has been proven that if you write them down the night before, that you are more likely to accomplish them the next day. Focus on one task at a time until it is completed.
3. Plan of Attack – Write down your plan of attack for the three tasks that you need to accomplish. When, how much time, and what you need to complete it. By addressing these three points, you will be prepared for when you begin and will be more motivated to complete the task.
At the end of the day, look at what you did accomplish and not what you did not. You will feel better and be more inspired to get back to work tomorrow.