I’m writing down some thoughts on leadership…not because I am an expert, but because I’m trying to learn and get better. Here’s some things I’ve learned or am trying to put into play about time management.
- If I don’t manage my time, then someone else will manage it for me.
- Put first things first. I realize that I need to do my most important tasks of the week on Monday, and my most important tasks of the day in the morning.
- Taking a few minutes at the beginning of the day to organize your day is helpful. I try and decide each day what one or two tasks that I MUST get done. I hate those days when I go home and my wife asks me “what did you do today?” and I don’t really have anything. 10 minutes at the start of the day keeps that from happening.
- It’s not the number of hours I put in, but what I put into those hours.
- Effective time management is valuing myself.
- Can’t remember who said this, but I’m trying to learn and live it. It’s quality of time at work and the quantity of time at home that matters.
- Plan to blow some things off. I can’t do it all, so it’s better if I just plan NOT to do something and be honest about it. It’s impossible to overestimate the unimportance of practically everything. (Read that again.)
- If I’ve got two really important things to do, and only time to do one, let a co-worker or someone else break the tie.
- Write stuff down. There are lots of tools for this (Google, Remember the Milk, post-its, and my personal favorite…Evernote.