“Efficiency is doing better what is already being done”- Peter Drucker
It is important to work well within a team but sometimes you need to take a step back and analyze your own skills and try to find ways in which you can improve yourself. Here are 5 tips that can help you to increase your personal efficiency.
Let’s start by distinguishing the difference between an effective person vs an efficient person.
Efficient people are well organized. They check things off their to-do lists. They complete projects. They get stuff done.
Effective people do all that... but they check the right things off their to-do lists. They complete the right projects. They get the right stuff done. They execute and produce what makes the biggest difference for the office... and for themselves. They don’t just know what to do, but they know WHY they need to do it! They have purpose that drives them to be dedicated and organized.
Remember that there are people behind those teeth! You are in the business of changing people’s lives just by improving their smile. Having the big picture in mind will help us to be and run efficiently & effectively!
Plan out your day
“Live your life on purpose. Not by accident”
Before you start your day at work, take 15 minutes to carefully go through what your tasks are and create your plan of attack for the day! You may be thinking this is not an efficient use of my time, but in fact it creates focus, intention and clear direction. Once you start working through your list, it gives you a sense of accomplishment to check off items from your list! This also applies to having a morning meeting with the team before you begin the day. Look through the schedule and review any potential hiccups and how to manage them before they happen. Why not start the meeting off on a good note by citing a positive quote for the day!
“94% of problems in business are systems driven and only 6% are people driven” - W. Edwards Deming
Goals can provide direction and a final destination to help push you forward in the short-term, but eventually a well-designed system is your GPS—a step by step plan on how to ACTUALLY get you to your final destination. Having a system is what matters. Committing to the process is what makes the difference.
Having an up-to-date office manual is your practice’s roadmap to success. Taking the time to have all of your systems outlined will save you in the long run.
Cut out time-wasters
There are so many distractions that can sap our energy and waste our time. So, try to audit your time, and find out what are things that are hampering your productivity. It can be a long email or a lengthy call or updating the office social media accounts. All these are essential parts of the job, but if they are hampering real work, then you should trim the time or adjust the time that you are doing these things.
Find happiness in the success of others
Great companies are made up of team members who help each other, know their roles, set aside their personal goals, and value team success over everything else. Find fulfillment in helping other people succeed. In the process, you will succeed, as well—in more ways than one!
Those are just a few tips on how to increase your personal efficiency. Not only does Stream Dental help you find the best employees, but we also help you implement effective HR systems to improve longevity and productivity of your team!