Time ManagementPosted on March 8, 2020

Justin Clark, MBA

Why are leaders hesitant to focus on this?

Leaders are generally high-performing employees. After all, how else did they become a leader? For this reason, many leaders might fail to see opportunities for improvement in their time management. Furthermore, many may have habits, routines, or processes that work against effective time management.

What is the case for doing it anyway?

Benjamin Franklin famously said that lost time is never found again.

As leaders, we should all take time to pause and think about that. Time…the unit we use to mark our days, to measure our years; it is a finite thing.

We can’t make more of it.

We can’t slow it down.

We can’t work fast enough to stay ahead of it.

As leaders we are tasked with producing organizational results. We develop measures of success for everything. What is our measure of success for how we use our time? Do we narrowly view this through the lens of workplace productivity or do we broaden our perspective to include the success of an integrated work and personal life?

I am inviting you into a journey. For me, it’s a journey into an area where I struggle greatly. It is a journey to more effective use of my time; both professionally and personally. I hope you’ll see value in it and join me each week.

How can you do it?

Put time in perspective.
We build new buildings and bigger teams when the demand for service outpaces our ability to supply it. It’s how things work. When we need more of something, we figure out how to get it. Time is different than any other resource. We can’t make more of it. We have to protect what we have and allocate it strategically to be the best version of oursevles.

Count your time.
24 hours in a day.
168 hours in a week.
61,320 hours in a year.

While we all understand that there are standard measurements for time, most of us struggle to measure if we are allocating it successfully? Throughout this series, we will look at how to better allocate our time and see if those changes in behavior lead to measurable improvements in performance.

Be open minded.
I have already had my toes stepped on in researching this topic. I am sure that isn’t going to change as I work through this series. I want to encourage you to be open minded on this journey to better time management. Many of us have routines and habits that likely aren’t the best uses of our time. Perhaps it is a meeting that should be shorter (or shouldn’t happen at all), a task that should be delegated, or a habit that feeds unproductive habits.

Stay tuned and plugged into the conversation as we look at tips for how to prioritize our time and install habits that keep us on track. 

2 Responses

stewartk March 9th, 2020

Justin, thank you for launching this blog series. The greatest regret of my life is the time I’ve wasted–and keep wasting. This is another area in which we are at war with our brains. Our brains long for easy, not hard, and simple, not complex. And we long to be entertained. I look forward to learning some practical strategies for wasting less time–and I aspire to implement them. After all, insight without sustained behavioral change is just an intellectual exercise.

stewartk April 12th, 2020

We are certainly facing some serious time-management strategies during our national COVID-19 crisis. One strategy is to pause this blog until we are on the other side of this challenge. We’ll see you then.


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