How often do you hear those around you saying: “I don’t have enough time to get everything done today?” And I bet you hear yourself expressing the same thoughts because it feels as though companies are pressuring you to produce more with fewer resources.
There’s a first-rate reason you feel this way! You like everyone working today has way too much on your plate. According to a Gallup poll adults employed full time in the U.S. report working an average of 47 hours per week, almost a full workday longer than what a standard five-day, 9-to-5 schedule entails. In fact, half of all full-time workers indicate they typically work more than 40 hours, and nearly four in 10 say they work at least 50 hours.
Let’s see about silencing the negative chatter, and start relating to your job from a new mindset…. One that may just have you reassessing your priorities!
There’s a three-prong equation that will put muscle in your work time management efforts:
- Your Basic Job Description: Pull out your official job description to check out what your company expects of you. Use this opportunity to review the documentation matching it against what you’re truly doing. I bet you’re noticing a lot of white space between the formal description and what, in fact, you’re doing.Update your job description and then, share it with your boss—perhaps, even Human Resources. Letting those in power know your exact contributions often leads to being seen in a new light sometimes one that moves your career into the fast lane.
- Your Description: Ask yourself, “How am I doing?” Seriously! A critical factor for being a top-notch employee is self-awareness, so rate your performance. The hope is that you’re exceeding the essentials of your job description. If you’re not handling those minimal responsibilities, it’s good to find out as early as possible because you’re limiting your future career options.Become the “owner” of your position by exploring possibilities for thinking R.E.D. (Reduce, Eliminate, or Delegate). Put on that innovation hat all companies, no matter their size, are looking for from their employees.
- Your Boss’ 100% Definition: I recommend—and it takes guts—to get on your boss’ schedule, and then, ask, “If I’m performing 100% of my job in your eyes what would I be doing?”We know what you’re thinking—not because we’re mind readers—rather because it’s what so many assume. But you may not know what your boss is thinking. Consider this. You may receive the highest performance evaluation score your company hands out, and someone else receives the same high score, but only one is slated to be the successor for your boss’ position. Whether you know it or not assessments are being made about you which are far more pertinent to your future than those recorded on your performance evaluation.It’s up to you to know what you need to be doing to be evaluated and accepted as a high potential, hundred percent employee in your boss’ and company’s eyes. And it’s different at every company you work for and with every boss you have.
Don’t be surprised if during the review of your job description, by taking on the innovative mindset; and in your discussion, with your boss, you’ll uncover areas you may believe are important; however, you boss doesn’t. Celebrate! These small shifts in work focus offer the opportunity to handle projects and assignments that have more value to your company.