Over the years, many clients have come to us saying they need help managing their time. They want to figure out how to fit it “all” in.
But we all have the same number of hours in a day, no matter how we manage them. So, rather than focusing on how clients manage their time, our executive coaches work with clients to understand and improve how they’re managing their priorities.
Priority management and deciding how to manage priorities means about spending your time on the things that really matter to you, to your company and to your team.
Instead of spending your time reactive, unfocused and unclear, you can live proactively, focused and with clarity. You can spend your time and energy on those things truly important in your personal and business life.
This might seem obvious; so why doesn’t everyone do it?
For one thing, people don’t always take the time to find out what’s actually important to them, so instead of focused effort, they spend time driven by circumstances rather than directed by purpose. If you don’t know how you want to spend your time, you’ll be buffeted by the crises of the day.
It’s easier to make good decisions about your time when you have a true understanding of your worth. This isn’t about what people think of you, or how your loved ones value you; it’s a dollars-and-cents figure that helps you understand what the company pays you. It allows you to determine whether your time is actually being spent well, or if you’re focusing on tasks better done by someone else.
Is that meeting you’re in one that really requires your attendance? Are the activities filling your calendar actually worthy of your time? If not, it’s time to make some tough decisions, because no one can fit it “all” in.
Think you’re spending your time well? Try an experiment. Track your workday in 15-minute increments and review it after a week.
How many of those fifteen minutes were spent well? Are there clear patterns where you spent time that could have or should have been handled by someone else on your team?
This is where writing it all down really helps you clarify your efforts and time.
You are the one person who can make wise decisions about where you invest yourself. You can be intentional about creating a purpose-filled schedule for yourself, every day, every week, every month. This puts you back in the driver’s seat and gives you the freedom to say no to tasks that don’t further your goals or move the business forward.
Providing clarity to your team, improving efficiency and profitability for the company and improving your personal effectiveness are just a few of the advantages you have the ability to bring about. Making wise decisions in this area can provide you a genuine sense of control and freedom.