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One of the methods management consultants use to help Fortune 500 Manufacturing Companies improve their productivity is short interval management. This simple tool can be used for teams or individuals and is extremely effective for the entrepreneur with a start-up.

As any start-up owner knows time is your most valuable resource. There are a plethora of activities requiring your attention and making an effective decision about how you’ll spend your time each day will is a predictor of how successful you’ll be.

The Fortune 500 Company develops a set of goals at the beginning of each year. Each of those goals is decomposed and an approach for reaching that goal is developed. Once the approach is defined the steps to achieve that goal are listed. From this a schedule is developed.by listing the steps and the estimated amount of time planned for each step.

Since activities for multiple goals have to be completed, it’s essential to have a plan and a schedule. At the beginning of each day Fortune 500 manufacturing companies have a quick stand up meeting. In that meeting each function reports out to the others what they accomplished yesterday and what they plan to do today. This commitment allows the functional areas to stay aligned.

You can mimic this process once you’ve decided upon a clear set of goals and developed a high level approach and schedule for achieving them. At the end of each day review what you’ve accomplished against those goals, then make a decision regarding “what’s next”, and make a commitment to complete the top 3 – 5 steps the next day.

This focus keeps you from starting too many things at once and helps to keep you from procrastinating.