Contributed by Elle Kaplan – The CEO and Founding Partner of LexION Capital Management, the only 100% woman-owned asset management firm in the US.
Build efficient systems to eliminate waste and maximise work hours
Your time is the most valuable resource you have at your disposal. The time you spend at work is an investment in the future of your company. Like any investment, it should be working for you: structured to maximize efficiency
and yield the greatest possible return.
To eliminate waste and maximize the hours you have, you first need to get a sense of the big picture. Make a to-do list for the week. As you work your way through it, track the time it takes to complete each task as you check
items off the list. Use this information to identify problem patterns. Once you find the patterns, you can create routines to patch those leaks of time.
Look at errors as an opportunity. Once an error is made, you have just identified a hole you can fill forever. How does this save you time? Simple: efficient systems. Mistakes raise red flags that you should read as
red alerts. They highlight specific points of weakness in your current system (or indicate a lack of a system where there should be one).
Take some time to step away from your desk once in a while! Moments of your greatest creativity and clarity will often come when you give yourself the chance to relax, recharge, and refocus, so whether you like going for a
walk, having a cup of coffee, or merely getting away from your computer for a little while, make sure you pencil some time into your day for you. You’ll ensure you’re always at your best, and return refreshed and ready to