How to Optimize Your Professional and Personal Life

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How to Optimize Your Professional and Personal Life

A common misconception about construction careers is that if you work in this profession, then you’ll be too busy to have a personal life. Although many of these positions can be very demanding, most companies still provide good working hours with evenings and weekends off. In addition to earning a higher than average construction salary, some other benefits of the construction industry include job security and good benefits. Here are some ways that can help you achieve a better work-life balance in the construction field.

Prioritize to Improve Productivity

Instead of working harder to meet your goals, focus on working smarter. Start each day by choosing the most important things you need to accomplish and complete them first. Otherwise, they don’t get done and you wind up putting out fires all day. But, if you complete them early, the rest of the day will go much smoother.

Delegate When Appropriate

If one of your subordinates is more efficient at doing something than you, don’t hesitate to assign more responsibilities to them. It’s also important to streamline and automate as many processes as you can so that you can save time. For example, you can keep an archive of letters and responses used for previous clients that you can paste into emails for current and future correspondence.

Avoiding Distractions

Although smartphones can be useful tools on the job, if you don’t have some discipline regarding their use, then they will cause you to lose focus on your work. Unless it’s work related, it’s best to avoid those major distractions like social media and personal email while on the clock. They can use up your precious time during work hours pretty quickly, putting you behind schedule on things that are critical for your success. It’s also important to stay focused so you don’t compromise safety on construction projects.

Track Your Time

It can be enlightening to see what you are spending the most time on each day. From apps and spreadsheets to timers and clocks, there are a variety of convenient ways to find out what’s being accomplished, and then determining how to adjust your priorities. Be specific when you track your time so that you can compare it to those times where you were most successful. Analyze your time spent vs. goals reached so you know where to focus your time going forward. Then, focus on results that were achieved rather than activities.

Prioritize at Home

It’s essential to establish plans outside of work as well; whether it’s meals, workouts, kids, trips, etc. If meal prep is a priority for you, then plan ahead so you don’t waste time and energy trying to figure those details out each day.

Don’t Multi-task

Not too long ago, many in leadership thought it was more effective to complete multiple tasks at once. The problem is that it’s not truly possible do multiple things well at one time. It’s been proven to be very unproductive. It’s much more efficient to stay focused on the original task until it’s successfully completed before moving on to other tasks.

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By | 2019-04-15T08:25:06-04:00 April 16th, 2019|Construction Blog|

About the Author:

The Birmingham Group has been serving the construction industry since 1967. Brian Binke took over the firm in 1995 and since that time, he has personally placed over 1200 construction managers and senior leaders, with company revenues ranging from $10 million dollars to the largest ENR 400 companies in the industry. Brian is an industry innovator, with a specialized skillset in construction. His keen understanding of business, the construction industry, and ability to effectively match and recruit top leaders has led to many accolades. He was ranked the #1 International Billing Owner in the construction industry for his own personal production and has been consistently recognized as one of the Top 10 International Billing Owners out of 800 owners worldwide. This includes owners across every industry. In 2013, Brian was awarded the #1 International Billing Owner within the entire network. For over two decades, Brian has been considered one of the most influential thought leaders in the construction industry. His business and construction knowledge are used as a resource for some of the nation’s most prominent publications. In the past year alone, Brian has been quoted in or authored articles for The Wall Street Journal, CBS News, MoneyWatch, Construction Today, ConstructionDive, United Rentals, Fast Company, Entrepreneur Magazine, American Express, Builder Magazine, and Human Resource Executive, among others. "I believe companies are a lot like sports teams. The team with the best players usually wins. It is my passion to deliver the absolute best talent to my client companies – the market’s top performers, the talent that every company wants to hire but which seldom seems available. To put it simply, I thrive on helping my clients build their Dream Team." - Brian Binke, The Birmingham Group
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