The key to being proactive is organization through 3 steps:
- Prioritize your tasks according to targeted deadlines and back into them by realistically estimating the amount of time you need, combined with the time you have available. If a task is going to take you 3 hours to complete but you only have 1 hour available to completely dedicate to the task per day (no multi-tasking allowed during this time) then your realistic time to plan out is 3 days at a minimum (1 hour per day x 3 days = 3 days total).
- Create a detailed project plan that identifies your targeted result, defines your timeline for deliverables, and includes a checklist of needed human, monetary, and material resources.
- Plan for the unexpected by brainstorming on past setbacks initially and then create a habit of always debriefing at the end of a project to take note of missteps and root causes. Analyzing missteps can result in a jumpstart on great strategies for your next task or project and a way to avoid potential issues altogether.
When you are proactive, it not only shifts your focus and energy to what you can control, it better prepares you for what you can’t.
Business Tip: “Recast your current problems into proactive goals.” – Suze Orman
Letty Sanchez, Principal Consultant/Lead Business Strategist, AEM Executive Consultants