This is a monthly electronic magazine for anyone who wants to be a better leader, coach, facilitator, or simply, to tune up their people skills. It is a complimentary publication, devoted to the next evolution of Quality Thinking.
Publisher: © Key Associates, LLC, 2006 ISSN # 1545-8873
“Half our life is spent trying to do something with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.” — Will Rogers
“I have a new philosophy. I’m only going to dread one day at a time.” — Charlie Brown in “Peanuts” (Charles M. Schulz)
“There is never enough time, unless you’re serving it.” — Malcolm Forbes
“Doest thou value life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.” — Benjamin Franklin
Time is the only commodity that you cannot manufacture more of. Leaders must juggle many priorities, complete large volumes of work efficiently, and produce “value” – quality at a good price. To attain this, control of time is a necessity. If you feel a need for improvement in this area, first study the topography of your calendar. How do you spend your time? Monitor this for one week, then plan and organize accordingly. Pare away the non-value-adding (NVA) activity – paper, meetings, time-wasters, and administrivia. And stop creating NVA’s for others (delegation is not always the best route).
Do not confuse Urgency with Importance. High importance accomplishes a goal or brings you satisfaction. Success is having the hours to do what you want. This could be playing with your child or having private time. Shed the C’s. Three times a day, ask yourself if you are accomplishing your “A” priorities. Focus on the truly important, say “no” to the unimportant.
Stephanie Winston (2001) added a 1/2 to the four items:
R – Read it
Have a wastebasket, referral folder,action box, to be filed box and a reading stack by your desk. Use similar concepts on your computer desktop. Learn to “Power Read” (skim the important parts).
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Download time management section of Mind Tools: Time Management.
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