I always thought that the only way to get things done well is to do them myself. I was wrong. I quickly realized that such approach would suggest that I consider myself to be the wisest man in the world, which is not true, of course (and puts you in bad light, to be honest
I ‘ve been working in a variety of business sectors – I found employment in a call center, real estate agency, construction materials wholesale company. Even as a coach responsible for conducting educational training courses, where I learned direct communication in a conversation on different levels. As a real estate agent, I advanced my sales methods, while conducting courses taught me how to deliver my speeches, and the work for a call center helped me get familiarized with the first management, reporting and communication systems in the company. Today, though I have significantly improved my professional skills, I still am not sure whether they are good enough. After all, the world of business and management is changing so fast.
However, there are some basic principles upon which all my work is guided, and I do my best to abide by these rules. Though not everybody has to agree with them, I put my trust in those:
Communication is a skill that develops way faster if you practice it in real life, rather than learning it from the books.
It seems to me that training in communication is the most overestimated training that has been created. It may help us to remember some basic principles, but when it comes to talking with real people, discussing important business, everything is in our hands. Communication is so multifaceted, so difficult to build, and so instinctive that no number of books one read or gigabytes of artificial intelligence will change this. I recommend the following article: Facebook shuts down controversial chatbot experiment after AIs develop their own language to talk to each other).
Everyone is an expert on something.
The manager’s greatest success is the effective recognition of the character of the team which he or she works with, and the ability to use its advantages to the fullest. Management should take place on the level of both whole task forces and individuals. Recognizing the outstanding quality of a particular unit is the basis for the effectiveness of any organization. I recommend the following article: This Is How You Know If You’re Really An Expert In A Field.
Freedom at work is what one has to get used to.
Being a freelancer, a remote employee, is, on the one hand, but a challenge on the other. You do not have to work within a certain time frame and in the same place all the time, which is a definite advantage, but the point is that such an operating mode requires one to be self-disciplined and to introduce a particular routine into their day, which they are otherwise deprived of. When do you know that you can handle it? When you know for sure that you work more effectively as a freelancer than a permanent employee in the office. Please refer to the article Remote Work.
When you tally up your life profits, there is only one thing that eventually truly matters.
Most of us have some priorities in their life which usually fall into three categories: ”career”, ”relationship” and ”myself”. Each of them is crucial because they relate to each other, in one way or another. Also, they have one common factor – they require your time. It’s tough to find the perfect balance and, in a result, satisfaction. If you try to pursue your career, you may not have enough time for your family and self-development. Every minute is a small opportunity. You have to learn how to make the best use of it. Once it’s wasted, you will never get it back.
That’s why I was looking for something that would help me calculate, analyze and understand my lost time. And I am not talking here about unproductive time, wasted on watching TV, going out to the pub or watching a football game. I mean the time for relaxation, which I treat as the proper work- life balance. It is the time that allows one to restore the normal life and rest from one’s work, which needs to be sacrificed to their family, friends, themselves.
However, I started to look for a way to count the time I spent on particular tasks. At first, I wrote in my notebook – such were these times. I quickly switched to a computer. First was Notes, then Excel, and finally Asana, which I used for a year. I kept my customers in it. Later, things related to my private life, too. Google Calendar became, therefore, a mandatory integration.
It can be said that I had already mastered the project management and it worked. As long as I had squared up with other freelancers when valuing the project, everything was fine. My partner and I had always taken the projected work time into account when assessing a given task. But what with those we had been unable to value? Working with someone for a long time, I I used to say “let’s square up after the project is finished.” And we squared up. But it wasn’t a good method because it often happened that neither the hired freelancer or we knew how much time exactly was spent on a given task, especially the latter who worked on several projects at the same time. Therefore, we decided to find a solution to the problem, which turned out to be time tracking and, eventually, the discovery of TimeCamp. Its manufacturer looked for someone to cope with marketing, so I applied for the job. Successfully. By the way, I would like to add that my partner has successfully developed his business. I presented his story in one of the blog posts – How Sebastian UsedTimeCamp For Business Development.
The idea of TimeCamp, the company which I work in, is simple ─ let’s measure our working time and estimate our efficiency. TimeCamp is different from its competitors on the market, as it offers more advanced reports and is focused on automatic time tracking.
It is a solution that I was looking for, and today I use on a daily basis, developing my hobbies at the same time because in I am a fan of new technologies and startup marketing. I also have a little obsession with numbers and statistics, therefore, tracking my working time and analyzing it is something I love.
Every day I use a desktop time tracking application, as it is extremely intuitive – with just two clicks I can switch between projects, depending on what I am currently working on. Thanks to the detailed reports of both mine and my team’s work, I can calculate the results of work concerning the labor input. I realize that we browse our inboxes, communicate on Slack in an inappropriate way, or even call each other or spend time at meetings way too often. Why? Because we lack focus. The proper software can be the easiest way to get rid of distractions and implement a more reliable, organized workflow into the company.