- Why do I want to prioritize and communicate?
- What are reasons that I might be ambivalent about doing this?
- Why do I try to work more than I need?
- What are the reasons that I don’t communicate well?
- What positive purpose does collaboration play in my life?
- What are my attitudes about working with others?
- What would I have to give up if I were to prioritize and delegate more?
- Is it worth it?
I think it is.
Building an Intentional Process
Holleman has a quick process for how to make successful change in your life and work. Here is my simplification of his process:
1. Prepare a script.
You've got to know exactly what to do by planning how to mitigate interruptions. For example, if someone interrupts you while you’re working, have the words to accept, delay or reject the request before it happens. If you’ve agreed to listen, really listen. Be honest and communicate the time you can share at the start.
2. Create a strategy.
Strategy means ‘making a plan’. At the start of the day, write down your list of work, and estimate how long each item will take. Build in minimally 25% of time for communication with others. Do this in less than two minutes and adjust as needed during the day. You’ll be shocked how much you get done.
3. Build social support.
Social support means talking to others and asking for their advice. Communicate with others when you have a problem you’re struggling with. They’ll then trust you for help as well. Agree together about how long you have to discuss the topic and summarize at the end. Always say Thank You.