“There aren’t enough hours in the day” is something we have all thought at some point in our lives, whether we are at home or at work. If, at work, you feel like you are regularly running short of time, then this may be due to ineffective time management.
It’s common to complain about being overloaded with work and not having enough time to accomplish certain tasks; but, in many cases, it’s not the amount of work that’s the issue – it’s the ineffective management of time that puts pressure on people to complete certain tasks.
The one thing people complain about is lack of time, yet many people won’t admit that they have poor time management skills. In fact, there will be many people that will sneer at the thought of having poor time management. Many of us won’t like to admit that we lack time management skills, yet it’s important to address the issue. If people can’t manage their time effectively, then this means they are not working to their optimum level of productivity. If as a leader you suffer from poor time management skills how does that impact your relationship with your team?
When it comes to managing time effectively, organising back-to-back meetings day in, day out, is not conducive to productivity. Cramming your daily schedule with tasks from 9am-5pm will not help you manage your time effectively; it’ll only make you stressed at work.
Instead of filling-up your diaries, why not try to allocate some ‘free time’ for thinking and addressing issues that are the most urgent. Effective time management may involve many things – creating plans, setting limits and learning to say ‘no’ are a few examples. But, if you really want to manage your time well, then you should aim to allocate at least half of your working day to ‘free thinking’ – keep your time free to engage yourself in thoughts, activities and conversations that will see you produce positive results.