Sheryl Sandberg's 5 efficiency increasing habits
Sheryl Sandberg is not only the founder and face of “Lean In”, a movement which encourages women to challenge socially constructed boundaries and myths regarding their ability to succeed in the professional arena, she is also the COO of Facebook, a company which has billions of users worldwide. In fact, Sandberg is credited for bringing in $1.6 billion dollars for the company in the last quarter, and is a source of admiration for her ability to balance her professional life with her personal life. With the Lean In movement gathering momentum worldwide after the publication of her bestseller with the same name, Sandberg now has to manage speaking engagements alongside her actual job. To top it off she is a mother with two children, and speaks proudly about how she manages to spend time with them over dinner despite her hectic schedule. “How does she manage her life so well”? is a commonly asked question, the response to which is, “follow 5 simple rules”.
At the end of the day, Sheryl Sandberg is an individual with exactly the same number of hours in a day as a regular person. How she manages this time is what distinguishes her high level of professional effectiveness as compared with the effectiveness of someone who is not well-organized. An interesting point about Sandberg is that she is decidedly “old school” when it comes to planning her daily activities. She has a spiral notebook and scratches off meetings [which, incidentally, last no longer than 10 minutes each] and activities as they finish, and has stated that writing out a to-do list on paper is more effective than maintaining a digital calendar. The second thing she does involves using her extensive network of contacts in order to resolve problems. During a recent issue with the company PayPal, Sandberg connected with the CEO of the company and ensured that it was resolved quickly, thus saving the company a lot of time and money. The third thing she does “manage hard”; she is known to conduct up to 3 meetings per week with her team in order to ensure that the demands of consumers are being met by the company. The fourth aspect of her work involves facilitating open and consistent communication between her and the team; Sandberg’s door is always open to suggestions and feedback, and she encourages employees and consumers alike to bring forward complaints and suggestions. The fifth and final part of her 5-step formula for increased effectiveness involves her schedule; she is not restricted to the office 24-7, and ensures that she has time for family and other interests. She begins her day at 7am, and works up to 5:30pm, post-which she eats dinner with her husband and children. This is part of her daily routine and she has staunchly stuck to it despite her grueling work schedule.
By managing her time effectively and ensuring that her three main priorities are given their own share of undivided attention, Sheryl Sandberg proves that one can indeed manage work, family, and interests with efficiency; all that it takes is time management skills, people management skills, and unwavering discipline.