Friday, January 12, 2018

How do you manage your time?

Not having enough time has become a very common complaint both at home and at work. The essence of good time management is prioritizing what is most important to you and then disciplining yourself to accomplish those highest priorities first.

Time management is not so much about checklists, calendars, and scheduling as it is knowing what is most important in your life and making sure that the activities of your life are aligned with your values and priorities. 

Stephen Covey developed a Time Management Matrix to prioritize the activities of our lives.  There are two dimensions to the matrix:  urgent and important. 
  • Urgent matters are those that demand immediate attention, such as the telephone call from an irate customer, the report the boss asked for right away, etc.  We are reactive to the urgent.
  • Important matters are those that are aligned with long-term values, priorities, and goals, such as learning new skills, developing new products, or getting a college degree.  Important issues require us to be more thoughtful and proactive.
The way we get more time for those things that are most important to us is to stop doing the not urgent and not important:  time wasters such as idle chat, busywork, junk emails, mindless TV shows. Minimize the time allowed for the urgent but not important:  some meetings, some phone calls, some emails.  Successful people do this by saying “no” frequently.  Learn to say “no” to unimportant activities.

Time management is up to you.  Take some time and think about exactly what your true priorities are.  Spend more time on those things that are truly important to you.

If you are interested in learning more visit our website for information on our Time Management webinar.

Until next time...

Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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