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Self-Management for Challenging Times

In times characterized by VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity), which seem to be getting faster and more demanding, companies and employees alike are looking for solutions. Self-management is the magic word that is supposed to bring order to the labyrinth of tasks. But where should you start when your to-do list is getting longer and longer? Many people give up and let their email in-tray determine their priorities. Or they see their diary overflowing with (virtual) appointments. Here's how ERGO supports employees and here are my personal top three tips. 
Written on 07/15/22
Self-Management for Challenging Times

To find your way into hybrid working world

I run the Learning & Training department at ERGO and self-management is one of the main topics there. Now that totally virtual cooperation has been successfully practiced and lived over the last two years, the challenge now is to find our way in the world of hybrid working. This is a challenge for leaders and staff alike because of difficult new conditions.

At ERGO, we use shared software for teamwork. These software tools offer many possibilities but, in many cases, there is still a lack of knowledge. In our workshops for our employees, we show them what opportunities are available for collaboration and working. 

In addition, it is of course important that all employees can discover suitable tools for self-management and to integrate them into their daily work. 

Here we pursue different approaches in order to be accessible to all types of learners. In addition to classic e-learning programs on time and self-management, we also offer seminars and webinars to give employees the opportunity to share their experiences and learn from each other. 

Top three tips for self-management

1. Find your Daily Top 3: 

Decide every day on your top 3 tasks that you definitely want to accomplish and measure your success against them.
Setting yourself exactly 3 tasks helps you stay focused and also celebrate your own small successes. 

2. Focus:

To stay focused, set yourself blocks of 25 minutes to work in a concentrated way. It's best to set an alarm clock so that you don't have to look at the clock in between. After 25 minutes, take a 5-minute break. Then either continue working normally or start the next 25-minute block.

3. ROTI - Return On Time Invested:

Your time is valuable and everything you do in this time has a value. 
Therefore, ask yourself every now and then, was it worthwhile for me? Was I able to create value in the meeting? Was the task I did useful for my team? 

If the answers are predominantly negative, then you could probably have put your time to better use elsewhere. This way of looking at things is also great for teams.

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