How are you doing in the time management department? I often hear from organizations that I’m coaching that they “just don’t have good time management.” This might sound like a common problem. However, these teams are operating under something of a misconception.
The truth is, there really is no such thing as time management, which might come as a surprise to some.
Think about it: Time is finite. We all have the same 1,440 minutes in our day. Unlike other aspects of life (such as financial resources), this is one area where everyone is on the same even playing field.
So when someone says that they “just don’t have good time management,” what they are really saying is that they don’t feel like they own the time they have in a day. It seems to go past them, beyond their control, in a series of tasks and chores — and putting out fires.
To own your time is to spend it well.
How to begin? Prioritize. Focus on what needs to be focused on. Utilize the best tools in your skill set to the best of your ability.
In this video, “Taking Ownership of Your Time,” you’ll learn more about making better use of your time.
(It’s part of my multi-part video blog series “Information Age Leadership.”)
In the video, I discuss putting a priority on people and a skill set of communication, along with an emphasis on the use of one-on-one meetings. Developing these factors are a way to use time more efficiently.
You can watch the video here. (Don’t worry about losing time, it will only take two minutes.)