Time management is a highly desirable job skill.
You need to make it to the movies on time. You need to pay bills on time. You need to deliver that report to your boss by Friday. You need to have dinner on the table in one hour. The ability to manage your time is incredibly important.
1. Someone has to plan your time before you can manage it.
It is not all that difficult to follow a time management plan that is handed to you – to follow instructions, to meet a deadline set by your boss, and to prioritize tasks that must get done because someone else is expecting you to do them.
What requires effort to master, but will pay off tenfold in your work and lifestyle, is the ability to plan how you will use your time and how you will manage distractions and roadblocks. Poor time planning and the problem of distractions lead to some surprising ways you can sabotage your own success.
2. Time management can't happen by willpower alone.
3. Time management is dependent on your productivity flow.
The most productive people also know themselves well enough to read their productivity flow. They know what times of day they will be the most productive and they recognize the signs in their mind and body that tell them they need to take a break to recharge.
For that reason, people who are absolute time management legends are not 100% productive all day – they plan blocks of productive time based on their personal flow. They are intentional with their downtime and breaks; they don’t waste them stressing out about the things they ‘could be getting done’. If you’re the boss or team leader then you also need to be ready to help the rest of your team get really great at understanding their individual and collective productivity flow.
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