Productivity: Conquer the world in 15 minutes

Have you ever said ‘there are never enough hours in the day’?

We are all given the same amount of time every day. The interesting thing about time is that regardless of who you are, how old, how long have you been in the credit union industry, time doesn’t care. We all get 1,440 minutes in a day –

Here are some suggestions to conquer your world by thinking about time in 15 minute increments.

Create time. While we often cannot find an additional hour in our day, we can definitely find 15 minutes. Choose to create time by getting up earlier or going to bed 15 minutes later.

Decide now. Choose that you will work on a task or activity for 15 minutes only. You will be amazed how much you can achieve in 15 minutes of concentrated activity. Our lives are so full, our attention so scattered that we don’t often apply focus for a full 15 minutes on many tasks!

Eliminate time robbers. Identify activities that ‘fill up’ your day. Each time you waste your time on an activity, phone call or lack of system or process, it is another 15 minutes you could be investing somewhere else.

Arrive early – Use the 15-minute rule to arrive at meetings early and catch up on reading journals and blogs, sit and write thank you notes, or make a call to a member and thank them for being part of your credit union.

Phone free. Switch your cell phone and/or desk phone to voicemail for 15 minutes and allow callers to leave a message while you complete an important task.

Ignore email. If you check your email every few minutes for incoming messages, stop for 15 minutes. Choose to not answer an email for 15 minutes. You will definitely achieve more.

Designate same time. Book the same time in your calendar each week to complete certain tasks i.e. filing, paying bills, unsubscribing from junk mail, checking your online accounts, creating a report for your manager or contacting a family member.

Here is a list of suggestions you can achieve in 15 minutes, try these:

  • Clear emails
  • Make a business phone call
  • Write a hand written note
  • Exercise
  • Make a healthy meal
  • Talk to a friend
  • Update your blog
  • Thank a colleague
  • Unsubscribe from unnecessary emails
  • Shop online
  • Assess your goals
  • Encourage a team member
  • Send a birthday wish
  • Tidy your desk
  • Reach out to a community member
  • File
  • Catch up on reading
  • Scan journals
  • Write an article

What can you do in 15 minutes in your credit union to help accelerate your member experience?

Neen James

Neen James

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