Time management is the key to success.
Time management is all about learning the keys to mastering your own time. You are the master of your own time. You decide who you want to spend time with, what activities you want to focus on, and what conversations you want to have with yourself and others. Yes, interruptions happen, but everything can be controlled and organized, giving you mastery over you own time.:
Take a week and keep a log of how you manage your time
Lawyers keep track of their time. Time = Money. They know this an so they track meetings, reading documents, researching topics, etc. down to the 15 minute interval. You can do this too. Take a week and keep a journal of what you are currently doing, how you are spending you time and who you are spending time with. Don’t edit it. Don’t leave out the warts and bloopers. We can work on more effective time management in the next step.
Analyze your time management results
If you want exceptional results you need to take exceptional action. This is especially true with your time. You are what you spend time on. Look at what was the most effective use of your time, what gets you from point A to B the fastest, and what was a big time waster. Time wasters could be activities, people, or just plain not having a plan of attack. If you make calls or have meetings with people, spend a moment coming up with an agenda of action and set outcomes you want to accomplish from calls, meetings, emails, etc. An ounce of planning will have greater impact and better results. It will even reduce the number of follow ups that could waste future time.
Schedule time for interruptions
Don’t forget that you need time for people to tell you about problems and to have those impromptu meetings that can stave off issues before they become bigger problems. Don’t eliminate the important interruptions just to keep to a rigid schedule. Schedule time for these interruptions. Train your staff and support people to approach you during the last 10 minutes of each hour. Help them get to the point faster, and train them to be autonomous as much as possible. You will become a better time manager when you actually manage and lead rather than doing all the work and making all the decisions yourself. This starts with trusting others.
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