Once the initial excitement of your promotion has worn off and the reality of the added responsibility and time constraints has set in, it’s a good time to make some adjustments to help prevent new manager burnout. Instead of working longer hours or trying to do it all, take some advice from those who have successfully made the transition and implement the following strategies. In addition to increasing your effectiveness in your new role, the right approach can provide the balance you need between your personal and professional lives.
Update Your Calendar
Perform a monthly review of your calendar to ensure the items you have listed are still relevant to your objectives, and to determine whether or not they make the best use of your time. If there are matters that may be better handled by other members of your team, reassign them to free up your calendar for more important matters, and consider blocking out sufficient time to complete projects or tasks you may otherwise not find time for.
Change the Way You Delegate
You can save even more time by delegating a more broad objective rather than a specified task. The latter requires a higher degree of instruction and may raise a number of questions over the course of the project. By choosing an objective with a few parameters, you can empower the members of your team to formulate their own solution with less input required from you.
Choose Your Words Carefully
While you may be tempted to say yes to each request that comes your way, it’s important to choose when and how to provide help, tackle extra work, or take advantage of an opportunity. Before you answer, ask yourself the following:
- Will your help have a significant impact on the business?
- Is the matter time sensitive?
- Do you offer a unique perspective or skillset?
Meet Less, Accomplish More
Meetings can be productive, but they can also be a waste of valuable time. Before you RSVP determine if the agenda is clear, and whether or not you have anything to add or gain by attending. If there are matters you need to resolve, ensure they are clearly outlined to help set the focus for the meeting and accomplish your goals.
Time management is the most critical aspect of any leadership role and with these strategies in place, you can make the most of every hour each day.