Time management tips

Are you having difficulties with time management at work? Whether you are running your own business, an employee or a student, focus on time and therefore on time management is a critical skill we all need. Far too often I hear leaders and business owners complain regularly about the “lack of time” to get everything done.  Well I will let you into two secrets

  • There are only 24 hours in a day – whether you are an employee or business owner
  • Work will always expand to (more than) fill the time available – there will always be things clamouring for your attention (this short article for one!!)

If we hold these two ideas to be true, what is to be done? Why is it that some people seem to be able to achieve so much more with their time than others? The answer lies in understanding and applying a little time management discipline.

Staying on time

Here are three suggestions to help you stay on time, especially when time is tight and the stakes are high

  • Create a to-do list. As someone who is a little “pressure prompted” to-do lists are critical, I use wunderlist.com as my digital to-do list. That way I can capture ideas and “oh I should really…” ideas and file them away for the appropriate time
  • Is this urgent or important? Be clear about what your goals are and then ask yourself whether the task at hand is helping you to achieve your goals.  If the answer is no, put it away now, no matter how much you enjoy the task, it is merely serving as a distraction
  • Walk away. Schedule time away from your desk, whether it is time with the family, at the gym, or simply a walk around the neighbourhood to clear your mind. Time away from the office or desk is critical, and can result in breakthrough thinking!

There you have it. Three time management tips in under three minutes. Common sense suggestions, that unfortunately we all too often forget to apply. What time-management tips would you add?

Morag Barrett helps leaders achieve outstanding results through the power of their professional relationships. She is an in-demand keynote speaker, executive coach, leadership expert, and bestselling author of three books: Cultivate: The Power of  Winning Relationships, The Future-Proof Workplace, and You, Me, We: Why we all need a friend at work (and how to show up as one!)

Morag excels at helping leaders and organizations see the gaps in their development and discover new ways to move past them. A pragmatic ideator, she finds unique solutions to problems (usually through the power of connection). Her greatest joy lies in giving leaders the tools, encouragement, and resources they need to become the best authentic versions of themselves they can be. 

She also…

  • Has helped more than 15,000 leaders from 20 countries on 4 continents improve the effectiveness of their leaders and teams.
  • Is the proud mother of three 6ft tall sons who can thoroughly beat her in basketball, but don’t stand a chance in Scrabble.
  • Has been featured by Entrepreneur.com, Forbes, and The American Management Association among others.
  • Spent three weeks at sea with a group of Estonian sailors.
  • Prefers gin to scotch, despite having a Scottish name (it means “great” …and she is!).
  • Is a member of the 100 Coaches organization formed by Marshall Goldsmith.
  • Has more than 50 unicorn themed items at home (none of which she has bought for herself!)