Today I wanted to ask you to evaluate how you’ve managed your time and priorities so far at work this week. One of the most important skills any manager can possess, is his or her ability to manage their time at work well. After all, if you can’t manage your time, it’s impossible to manage almost anything else you have to do.
What do the best managers do differently to everyone else?
Over many years I’ve had the privilege of meeting some of Australia’s most effective managers. Here are some things I’ve noticed that the best managers do differently, when it comes to managing their time:
- They have a rock solid understanding and comprehension of what their team (and themselves) must deliver by the end of each month.
- They break down their monthly objectives into weekly goals, so at the start of each week, they focus themselves and their people on achieving these goals.
- They never start their day without a written plan of what they intend to achieve. Whether this plan is done online, or whether they write it on a paper to-do list, the best managers always have a plan to work towards. In other words, they plan their work and then work their plan.
- They protect their time like it’s a sacred thing. The best managers I’ve ever met, all tend to be very protective of their time. They realise that in this day and age of constant interruptions, they have to be assertive in who they give their time to.
Rather than allowing everyone to interrupt them constantly, they use a range of simple methods to block part of their day, so they have this time to work on their own projects. Just as these managers would not allow people to steal their money, they are conscious that people don’t also steal or rob them of their time.
So in conclusion, how would you rate your time management since attending The 7 Pillars of Management course? Are you now more conscious of where your time is going? Are you planning your day and using a to-do list? Are you learning to say no more often, or at least asking people what the interruption is about?
Let me leave you a quote to ponder until next time….
“Meticulous planning will enable everything you do to appear spontaneous.” – Mark Caine