“Look in the mirror and you will see your biggest time waster”
( John Adair)
Until you accept that fact few if any of your time problems will be overcome, in order to overcome our time management issues we have to both understand what time management is and our attitude in relation to it.
What is Time Management?
In essence, time management is nothing more simple than achieving. Whether this is over a long period of time or within the next hour is dependent on what you want.
Essentially time management can be viewed as taking action:
- For the right reason (because it is linked to a goal or objective).
- At the right time (by prioritising).
- In the right way (by being organised).
Time Management and Attitude
If only life was that simple. Time Management can be as easy or difficult as you want to make it. The key word is control, and to what extent you are really serious about managing your time and therefore your life. In many cases, individuals expect someone to ‘teach’ them how to manage their time and wave a wand that will magically deliver the secret of life!!
However the willingness to manage your time and become more effective both personally and professionally, is entirely the result of your attitude and the extent that you are prepared to do something about what to many is an increasingly frustrating workplace problem.
It is only once you have taken this decision can you start to think about how you are going to do it practically in both your work and home life.
Time management is a behaviour around which you can learn skills, however there is something else that has a great impact on the way we view time management and that is the way we prefer to work in general.
Time Management and thought processes
Do you approach your work in a spontaneous, creative, unplanned way? in which case you are more likely to be right brained or do you prefer to approach your work in a methodical and logical way? If you do you are more likely to be left brained. Neither is right or wrong indeed, most people are a combination of both, but we all have a preference to work in one way or the other. Your thought process can impact on how you manage your time, for example right brained individuals may try to use To-Do Lists, but they will rarely be successful, whereas left brained individuals swear by them.
My next few blogs will look at each of these areas in detail.
Till Next Time
Mike Gardner – The Time Doctor