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3 Things to Do to Organize Your Day as a Supply Chain Manager

 

3 Things to Do to Organize Your Day as a Supply Chain Manager
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3 Things to Do to Organize Your Day as a Supply Chain Manager - Organizing your day is an important part of being a productive supply chain manager. There are many ways to organize your day and projects; however, below are some things you can do to organize your day to help make you the most effective manager you can be.

PREPLAN 

One of the best ways to organize a project or your day in general, is to preplan. Start your day by taking a few minutes to plan. Taking a few minutes to plan can save you time throughout your day.

PRIORITIZE 

There are many ways to prioritize tasks. Many supply chain managers find that having a system in place to prioritize projects and tasks is helpful. The planning stage is a good time to prioritize tasks. This helps ensure important tasks are completed promptly.

KEEP A CALENDAR 

Most supply chain managers keep a calendar. It is the best way to stay focused, plan projects, and be organized. Using a calendar to track work and personal appointments, such as time-off of subordinates and coworkers, can help with planning and prioritizing. 

Whether you choose an electronic or paper calendar, it is important to find a calendar that works for you.  Just be sure to use it consistently.

Staying organized is important to all supply chain managers. Using just a few tips to stay organized can help you be a more productive supply chain manager.

3 Things to Do as a Supply Chain Manager to Refocus

We all have had times when we are so distracted by our thoughts that we couldn’t focus on the task at hand. If you have found yourself in this situation, having some tried and true ways to refocus can be vital.  

As a supply chain manager, there will be times when you need to get the task done immediately and won’t have the luxury of getting back to it when you are mentally ready.  Try these three tricks to refocus yourself on the task and get through what needs to be done when it needs to be done.

1. First, take a break.  

This may sound backward.  You are on a tight schedule and likely behind schedule and you need to have your task done immediately so taking a break does not seem like a viable option.  However, this is not the case.  

One of the best things you can do is take a break.  Walk away from the task, walk around the building, think about something else, take some deep breathes and then get back to work with a refreshed attitude.

2. Next, get the blood flowing and the heart pumping.  

Especially if you are trying to power through a task in the afternoon or after lunch when your body is in the mood for an afternoon nap, getting up and getting the blood flowing can be helpful. 

Get up from your desk, do some toe touches, jumping jacks, or just some deep breathing.  If you have a minute, walk briskly up and down the stairs a few times.  Getting the blood flowing to the brain can wake you up and increase your concentration so you can get back to tackling the task at hand.

3. Lastly, as a supply chain manager, you may have so much going on in your day that you cannot clear your mind long enough to concentrate on a single task.  

If this is you, it may help to write everything down.  If you feel stuck on a task and can’t get through it. 

Take a minute and let everything that comes to mind pour out on paper (or tap it out on your computer).  This may help you clear your mind so you can truly focus on the task you are trying to complete.

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