Do you feel that your day starts out right and then derails with the first distraction? This is how many purchasing manager feel. But if you want to be more productive and successful as a purchasing manager, you need to find ways to be focused and stay focused throughout the day. Here are some tips for being a more focused purchasing manager.
- Start Early – If you start early, you can usually get some quality time before the bustle of the day sets in. Starting early can help you get some things done, making you feel motivated and accomplished, and not let the distractions of the day take over your to do list.
- Eat Breakfast – Focused purchasing managers eat their breakfast. It is a proven fact that you have more energy and more mental focus if you eat “the most important meal of the day.” Skipping breakfast because you don’t like it or are too busy are not the excuses used by focused and productive purchasing managers.
- Get up and Move – Throughout the day, it is important to get up and move around. In order to stay more focused you need to recognize when your eyes and brain need a break and your body needs to move. Moving around, getting the circulations moving, and tearing yourself away from your computer can help you be more focused when you return to the task at hand.
- Do not Multitask – Though it seems that multitasking would mean you get more done, it has been shown that, typically, those that multitask are not able to give their 100% to one task. Therefore, though more tasks may be completed, they are typically not completed to the best of one’s ability. Learning to focus on one task at a time and committing your attention to it wholly will help you become a more focused purchasing manager.
- Prioritize – One of the first thing that productive and successful purchasing managers do when they start their day is prioritize their daily tasks. This will help them focus on the most important and time sensitive matters first guaranteeing they get done. If you want to be more focused, you must know what to focus on in order to succeed.
- Know your Limits – A more focused and successful purchasing manager knows his or her limits and knows that saying yes to everything will not bode well in the long run. It is important to know your limits as a person and a purchasing manager therefore knowing when to say yes and when to say no to meetings, tasks, collateral duties, and extracurricular activities. To be more focused as a purchasing manager, you must know your limits and not be afraid to enforce them.