Article By Tokunbo Fasoro
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Responsibility is a skill, you learn it. Someone said the decision to be
lazy or get up early everyday is taken by you. It all boils down to your
own conscious decision, choosing your own actions and words.
Responsibility reflects in the decisions we take in our everyday lives
from when you wake up in the morning to take a bath, going to work, how
we work and relate with our colleagues, bosses and subordinates, getting
early to work, following your schedules, meeting your timelines,
ensuring savings, pursuing career and personal development etc. This
list can go on and on. Being able to show responsibility in every little
thing produces good results. A colleague of mine was sharing with me on
how he found in the dustbin an envelope of money in the US dollar
currency and he returned it to his boss. He said to me that his boss was
surprised the he found and returned the money. Since then, he keeps
recommending him for amazing opportunities that he is not sure he even
deserves. It pays to be responsible.
I have put down a few tips on how
we can improve ourselves in being responsible.
1. Avoid making excuses, take responsibility: Avoid looking for who to
point fingers at, think deeply and ask yourself what you could have done
differently to prevent that mistake, apologize and learn from it, rather
than looking for someone to blame.
2. Avoid complaining and do it yourself: Some people, especially those
who work in teams, rather than contribute positively to the team, they
are found always complaining. If you do not like how a certain task is
being carried out, do it yourself or consult with the person who did the
task and work things out together to get a better result.
3. Use your spare time wisely: If you have spare time on your hands, use
it in a smart and creative way, avoid too much of everything; from
social media to watching of TV to going out with friends too frequently.
4. Avoid procrastination: Stop procrastinating and wasting precious time
as time waits for no one. Successful people are hardworking and timely.
In order to be successful in all aspects of your life you need to do
what you have to do on time and stop procrastinating.
5. Make a schedule and follow it: Get up early, this will give you more
time to finish all you have planned for the day. For me, not making a
schedule is setting me up for a disaster because I will only do what
winks at me, by the time I realize it, I would have missed timelines,
this also sometimes leads me to procrastination.
6. Be dependable: Honesty is key. Resumption is 8am, be there for 8am.
Let your Yes be Yes and your No be No. Can people count on you? Can your
boss give you work to do and go to sleep or he always has to come back
to chase you until he gets it delivered?
In conclusion: Food for thought – If your CEO was asked to pick 3 most
responsible people in your organization, would your name be on that