Good is the enemy of great. – Jim Collins
Time management is something almost every leader struggles with. The expectations of leaders today are so high and the noise is so great that this is no easy feat. If you’re only doing a “good” job of time management, then you are missing out on great. Here are some of the thoughts I share on today’s podcast.
You have to have clearly defined goals. And hold yourself accountable to achieving those goals. A great question you can ask yourself to make sure you’re on track is: What does your calendar say about what you value?
Build a spreadsheet or some kind of system that manages and allocates your time. I use the 70/20/10 rule to allocate my schedule.
– 70% | Doing the core work to achieve the goals you’ve set
– 20% | Creative, building new ideas and resources
– 10% | Managing crises, things you didn’t plan for
No margin, no mission. We can’t always immediately help the people who make requests on our time because we have to stay mission-focused.
Do volunteer or charitable work that serves your heart, not sucks your time. Consider your enlightened self-interest.
Manage your energy. When are you most creative? When are you most analytical? Structure your day to align with your energy as much as is within your control.
Question: In the New Year, what could you do to better manage your time and achieve the goals you’ve set for yourself?