Is Time Your Friend or Foe?

Posted on 19. Apr, 2017 by in Strategic Planning

“There’s never enough time!”  Ever found yourself saying that or at least thinking it? I have…many times. But each time I have gone there, I eventually recognize it’s just an excuse for not doing a better job of managing the time I have.

We all get the same amount of time – every day. Twenty-four hours to be exact. But somehow there are ultra successful people who seem to easily accomplish things within that timeframe while others struggle. What’s their secret?

System and Discipline

I have grown to recognize two key elements to conquering the time dilemma: First, find a system that works and second, commit to consistently using it.  Simple? Yes.  Easy? No!

There are many time management systems that you are probably familiar with – Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Successful People, David Allen’s Getting Things Done or the Pomodoro Technique – to name a few.

Regardless of which system you embrace, the ability to follow it consistently is as important as the system itself.

Leadership and Time Management

In the EOS Process, we embrace 5 leadership abilities that leaders must master in order to break through the ceiling and guide their businesses to greatness. Three of these abilities are heavily tied to effective management of one’s time:

Simplify: The ability to simplify is a key factor in maximizing time and expediting the things that need to get done. Next time you’re performing a repeatable task, ask yourself “is there a simpler way to do this and what does ‘good enough’ look like?”

Delegate/Elevate:  This is probably the single biggest factor in managing your time. Simply put, it’s your job as a leader to continue to find ways to delegate in order to maximize your time and concentrate on the things that most need your attention. Consider some ultra successful entrepreneurs like Richard Branson, Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos who have embraced delegation as a key element to their success.

Systemize: Goes without saying that without an effective system, you’re probably spinning your wheels and wasting time.

As Albert Einstein once said, “time is an illusion.” So the next time you find yourself saying “I don’t have enough time,” remember it’s just a symptom of not managing the time you’ve got.  Start with twenty-four hours and work back from there!

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