The most precious resource for any leader is TIME. The question isn’t how much do you get of it throughout the day, because we all get the same amount. The question is what do you do with the time you are given? Are you productive? Do you accomplish the tasks before you? Do you lay your head down at the end of the day with a satisfied feeling that you have maximized each moment?
If you’re like most people in America you can always use a little more help in the Time management area. Here are few “Time Strategy” tips that can help you produce the greatest results in your day:
1) Be more focused
Know what you need to accomplish and get it done. Work at a faster pace and don’t allow yourself to be distracted. Don’t try to accomplish several tasks at one time. Complete a project and then move to the next. If you want to be productive you cannot be shooting your arrow in three different directions.
2) Minimize procrastination by being more decisive
We are a culture that has mastered the art of procrastination. We continually put off what we know we need to do. Be more assertive and decisive with your day. Attack your day with vitality! Go after what needs to get done.
3) Beware of perfectionism
Procrastination is never starting, but perfectionism is never finishing. There are many people who never want to complete a project or advance a project until it can be done perfectly. Although you want to pursue excellence you cannot wait for perfection conditions, if you do, you will never get anything done.
4) Buy in to the concept that it is easier to be “organized” then “unorganized”
I would venture to say a lot of time is wasted simply because we haven’t taken the time to get organized. It may take a while to build the habit of an organized life, but the results will pay off. You will get more done in less time if you choose the path of an organized life.
5) Eliminate time wasters
There are meetings, appointments and unnecessary paperwork that we spend hours on during the week. Stream line your life to the items that you are best at and that give you the greatest results. If someone else can attend the meeting or accomplish the task as well as you, then let them do it. You spend your time on the areas that will give you the greatest return on your investment.
Until next week,
Quote for the week
“The great dividing line between success and failure can be expressed in five words
‘I did not have the time.”
Posted on September 10, 2009, in Habits, Leadership, Personal Growth and tagged Effective Leader, Habits, Leadership, Personal Growth, Planning for success, Techniques of effective leaders, Time Management. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.