Manage Yourself…Not Your Time.

There are not enough hours in the day. We would all be very rich if we had a dollar for every time we have heard that expression said or said it ourselves. The fact is there are enough hours if we learn how to manage ourselves…not our time…better. Become aware of the time drains. Among the top time stealing culprits in the workplace are:
  • Failure to prioritize work effectively (e.g., important tasks over urgent tasks).
  • Failure to plan your work for the week and the next day ahead.
  • Excessive meetings, phone calls and email checking.
  • Keeping a disorganized work area.
  • Networking that does not lead to new clients or new strategic partners.
  • Procrastination.
Tackle these areas by establishing new processes such as:
  • Scheduling meetings only when communication would be enhanced through a personal exchange of ideas involving multiple people.
  • Setting aside specific times in the morning and afternoon to check and respond to emails.
  • Eliminating unnecessary interruptions, by telling coworkers that you are not available for impromptu office visits or phone calls throughout the day, except for time-sensitive items or matters of a critical nature requiring immediate attention.
These and other good practices such as using written goals will help minimize stress, increase productivity and enable you to achieve a better work-life balance.