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Most leaders have familiar approaches to managing time: setting goals, planning, delegating, tracking commitments, and creating to-do lists. While these approaches do help in self-organization, the...
Instead of increasing the number of productive hours, we can focus on getting the right things done in a timely way. We also need to restore and balance ourselves, our colleagues, family and ...
Phantom workload looks like real work but results in massive unproductivity and even conflict in an organization. The pressure to meet unrealistic expectations causes a vicious cycle of further wo...
Time can be managed in four domains: Spiritual, Mental, Emotional, and Material. This corresponds to the four key functions of leadership:
The mental domain consists of being able to think strategically, prioritizing between short-term and long-term goals, urgent and important activity, easy or difficult work, and the level of com...
We usually overlook the emotional aspect of working with people while handling tight deadlines.
Leaders have to take simple actions like trusting and respecting their colleagues and team me...
Organizing for action means creating useful, workable and scalable systems that make us access information and track commitments quickly.
It means managing your email effectively and ensu...
Time management practices require a change in behavior:
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In order for any time-management method to be successful, you have to take into account people’s individual behaviors at work. There is no one-size-fits-all method for time management.
Give them a seemingly impossible list of tasks and they will have them done and dusted faster than a speeding bullet. But in their haste, they can miss things and prioritize nonurgent tasks.
Strategy: For this type, ranking tasks according to urgency is a good call.
Very sociable and upbeat but with a tendency to procrastinate, they often boast about their nonexistent achievements giving the impression they are more productive than they really are.
Strategy: breaking tasks into tiny steps, scheduling their resolution and setting reminders works well. Email management according to urgency is also crucial considering how much time it usually consumes.
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Instead of relying on a tool with all the bells and whistles, find out where you’re struggling and what’s essential for you.
For example, if scheduling is taking you away from product development, then you could use a scheduling tool that uses machine learning to automate most of your scheduling needs. If you’re wasting too much time on email, then consider using a tool to help tame your inbox.
Time management is only useful when you’re aware of your limitations and don't let the system dictate your entire life.
In other words, when you don’t tread lightly (especially at first), time management can add more stress to your life.
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Managing time gets challenging as our career progresses and we take up more responsibilities. Five ways we can manage our time like a successful leader:
About 40% to 60% of our day is taken up by important stuff that needs our attention but is not on our daily calendar.
Planning our day accordingly, keeping about half of it free for these 'out-of-calendar' activities, is realistic and sustainable.
Instead of committing to getting the requested assignment done as soon as possible, factor in some buffer time and ask for a couple of days or a week.
This will help you get the work done along with any 'reactive realities' that come up, and it's a win-win if you get it done before the deadline.
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