At the beginning of each year, our feed is bombarded with posts and promises of better resolutions for the coming months. Moving from personal resolutions to professional ones, most of this content is starting to lose its meaning, as we know that we will never keep these resolutions, and we will easily go back to our old habits.
That said, one of the major reasons why we never stick to our resolutions is because we tend to lose sight of the big picture.
We make a resolution to start planning our days using a notebook for example, and we neglect the final goal, which is better productivity.
This process is very similar to that of starting a business. And in both cases, it is particularly important not to lose this vision by breaking it down into specific tasks.
From the creation of a project to its completion, the majority of startups end up rotating. This change is due to the fact that the theoretical doesn't always survive in reality, and most of the time, it is forced to adapt, and therefore change form in order to survive. That said, by keeping a clear vision -independent of the realization of the project-, these startups manage to better adapt to achieve their goals.
Thus, in making our resolutions, whether personal or professional, we must first clearly define our overall vision.
TimeTonic allows you to create notebooks, which are workspaces, each dedicated to a specific topic. A "productivity" notebook will allow you to clearly define the steps to follow, the precise tasks, the mini-objectives... and to situate them in time.
At the same time, the filter option allows you to distinguish between completed, in progress, and not yet started tasks. But also the difficulty of each one.
You can create as many as you want, and according to your needs. It is a tracking system that is easy to use and efficient.
Then comes the time to define the specific and concrete tasks to achieve these visions.
In this stage, it is important to define a certain increase in pace. There is no point in hoping to change habits if you can't measure progress.
Thus, you can use the calendar of your business application to define milestones in the future. For example, after 3 months, I will have mastered a new software; I will have increased my team's productivity by 10%; I will be able to switch to a new training mode; etc.
These milestones spread out over the year allow you to measure your progress as you go along. But also to clearly grasp and understand your rhythm. Don't hesitate to change this schedule during the year if you notice that you are ahead of schedule, for example, or vice versa.
Note that there is no "progress benchmark". It depends on each stakeholder, but also and above all on priorities. A team that prioritizes short-term performance will not have the same results as one that builds a foundation for long-term performance.
After the planning stage, the practical phase begins.
Use notes or comments to document your progress, difficulties, surprises, etc. This will allow you to enrich your tracking system. And will also give you a basis for your next resolutions.
Colour codes are also very effective when it comes to time management. Assign a colour to each aspect of your project, so you can see which one is consuming the most, and whether your schedule is effectively balanced between the multitude of priorities you have.
TimeTonic allows you to embark on this team adventure!
Create your dedicated notebook and add your team members to it. You can assign a responsibility to each one. Using this system gives you a very clear picture of each member's progress and any gaps. And consequently, a visualization of the group's strength.