Time Management and Attitude

 “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

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Mike Gardner is The Time Doctor helps the overworked and overwhelmed learn to say 'No' nicely, and improve their management of time, emails and meetings. He is also an avid fan of Aston Villa, a Dad of Neil & Emma, a hubby to Wendy and in his role with the reserve forces, he has completed operational tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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19 thoughts on “Time Management and Attitude

  1. The quote: ““Look in the mirror and you will see your biggest time waster” says it all! I work at it every day and found that planning is best for me. I have a “to do” list in my head and as I accomplish and tick off one at a time, I feel so much better. I am looking forward to your next posts where you’ll go into this in detail. Thanks so much, Mike!
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  2. Mike, I tend to approach time management in a methodical and logical way. I’m a real list person and lists help keep me organized.

  3. Mike, I love the quote at the beginning. And it is so true. I also appreciate that you take the person’s thinking style into account and say it is OK instead of prescribing which was is ‘right’. I look forward to hearing more about what you have to say about time management – I need it!

  4. I am a real list person! I write my list the night before and mark each task off throughout the next day. I even have a “rule” about it. No more than 5 things on the list. Otherwise, it’s overwhelming. Of course, I also have a couple days a month for creativity in my business,, but even then I have planned out which days are to be used for that! LOL
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  5. I’m looking forward to your next posts, to better understand the right brain/left brain influence on time management. Different time management tools have worked for me in different phases of my career, most likely linked to the nature of the work I was doing.

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