It happens to everybody. You come home, you’re thinking of nothing else but that dinner you’re going to eat, or that new episode you’re going to watch, so you dump your keys, and go. Then tomorrow comes, and you look in all the usual spots, but… damn. Where did you put your keys?
Out of sight, out of mind. We all know that if we’re focusing on something, other important things (such as our keys), get pushed to the back of our mind. And, like our missing keys, (and birthdays, dinners, dates...) we also forget what the important goals and priorities are in our jobs. Some of us may use to-do lists to keep track of our tasks, and while that may work when it comes to remembering the things we need to do, it isn’t so helpful when it comes to knowing the priorities and progress of our work.
So, what is the most effective way to stay on top of our priorities at work?
By using Real-Time Dashboards.
Dashboards provide graphs and charts that are updated in real-time, which allows you to track your progress, align your focus, make decisions about your work based on facts, and much more. Dashboards include a host of features to help you focus on what’s important: your organizational goals. Instead of getting caught up in less important tasks along the way, dashboards help you understand the company goals and prioritize tasks that will allow you to achieve these aims.
Dashboards help you focus by providing features such as:
Dashboards can be placed in a central location so that all employees in that department can see the same information at all times. For instance, a sales department that is trying to focus on increasing the size of its deals may want to display deal size metrics on its dashboard. This would help the members of the team to focus not only on getting sales, but also upselling and increasing the size of the deal.
Dashboards should be mobile accessible so you can check-in even when you’re offsite. This allows employees who are frequently away from their desktop computer more flexibility and allows them to have the same information that employees at their desks have.
A real-time dashboard should have alerts that point out missed items or metrics that need attention in order to achieve a certain goal. Alerts allow you to deal with the issue right away.
A real-time dashboard lets users make notes, comments, and ask questions directly on the dashboard. This allows for areas of concern to be addressed swiftly and easily, allows people to share information and collaborate, and it allows for follow-up on noted areas of opportunity.
When your goals are hidden in a stack of reports, they can be easily forgotten. And while to-do lists are handy (I use them myself), they just can't replace the function and benefit of having a real-time dashboard. Staying on top of your job means staying on top of your goals, and nothing helps you with that better than a dashboard.
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