Productivity is an important issue for any business. Any blocks in productivity drain resources and impede profit.
For electrical contractors, who spend so much time in the field, productivity issues are particularly damaging. In many cases, what’s causing thousands of dollars of loss each year is a lack of productive systems.
For a business owner, time management is closely related to project management and your project, is your business. In business, productivity is essential to growth and strong time management will directly increase your productivity. Effective time management also creates routines, which help manage the sheer volume of information you process on a daily basis.
Melbourne business coach David Guest has some great time management tips for business owners trying to work out how they can better manage their time.
Here are the seven most important time management tips to help Electrical Contractors in the field or in the office.
These are seven good ideas to save you hours of frustration and vague wandering from job to job.
As an Accountant, take a moment to think about the problems you solve every day: the thorny tax issue, the holes in the accounts, the judgment call. And yes, other professionals solve problems too. But I’ll wager that the sheer depth, breadth and variety that Accountants encounter takes some beating.
Forget Jim: The Accountant I’ll fix it!Problems are to the mind what exercise is to the muscles, they toughen and make strong.
And what a transferable skill! Think about it. Problem solving per se is a highly marketable competency.
Wikipedia refers to “problem solving” as follows: ‘considered the most complex of all intellectual functions, problem solving has been defined as higher-order cognitive process that requires the modulation and control of more routine or fundamental skills’.
Let’s un-pack this problem solving talent; what does it actually mean in practice?
systematic, organized, methodical, intellectually dexterous, adaptable, resourceful, objective.
planning, analysis, practical knowledge, application, prioritization, conflict resolution, assessment, implementation, resolution, surmount obstacles, evaluate, make decisions, use judgment.
And so, with a toolchest of problem solving skills and techniques at your disposal, when you mix in a just a few of the qualities below, your C.V, will take you a a long, long way!
So let’s take this inherent strength and make it even stronger. Here’s how:
Are you a visual, auditory or kinaesthetic thinker? Take the test on the website: www.theaccountantscoach.com. Once you’ve identified your preference, exploit it, seeking new modes working (graphical, audio, applied tools). Merely raising conscious awareness of your style will capitalize on your natural resources, further unlock your potential and achieve synergy.
Figure out your problem-solving processes, pin them down and avoid getting stuck in a circle of solving the same problem over and over again. Not only does this save time, but it boosts performance in unfamiliar or ambiguous situations. And reduces stress.
Add a soupcon of creativity. Beware of pernicious ‘left brain accountant’ labelling. Mental skills are actually evenly distributed throughout the cerebral cortex and we the potential to develop all our skills. ‘Left or Right brain dominant’ just means you have not yet developed your full skill set. You are sitting on untapped resources.
Your team, your (life) partner, your kids, your non-accountant mates. Team work means – even more – synergy! New perspectives are invaluable – that’s what coaching is all about. And just moving thoughts to words can unlock conundrums.
So there you have it. Celebrate and promote your precious problem solving assets. Then hone them to perfection.
And the final words of inspiration from Duke Ellington: “a problem is a chance for you to do your best“.