Mon 08 May 2017 10:05

Time Management Tips for a Good Leader

You don't have time, do you? We are not the fortune tellers and even not psychologists. We just know that if you are a business leader, a business owner, a startup creator, or one of the top managers, you don't have enough time constantly.

You can sleep 4 hours a day and all this time you will dream that the next day you will have 48 hours to work. Sounds familiar? 

Let's find out what takes up your time and what rules of time management you should learn.

If you have NO time at all, first make a small check up – read carefully our previous article How to Make Your Business Life Simple and be sure that you really do what we advice. This is the first part of your daily time-robbery that you do by yourself. If you are sure that everything is clear, this means that you should check your time management skills, not only to find enough time in your schedule.

Actually, it may sound surprising, but we all have time. We don't have skills (and sometimes a big desire) to spend it in a right way. Don't you agree that this is a choice to surf  Facebook and to check emails every hour or to spend this time for much more effective actions? We are sure you do.

So, what you are going to do?

Step 1. Set your time goals.

Valuate your success in time limits. Today determine the exact time when you should completely finish all the plans or their specific parts. Determine the exact time for a week or a month to complete the next project. Set your long term plans for a year or a several years. Write everything down and look into this schedule regularly. If we are talking about a short presentation, set and strictly observe time limits, whatever they were – this way you also show respect for your audience, colleagues or business partners. Every goal has its measurement and time limit, so your goal is not so high-rated, if you do everything, but not in time.

Step 2. Monitor your time robbers

There are different tools online and in the most used browsers to check what time do you usually spend on activities online. Every Internet user perfectly knows that three hours spent without Web are really endless, but three hours spent online may pass like a single minute. Online activities that are not connected with work, can significantly ruin our daily effectiveness. If you find out that you definitely spend a lot of ineffective time online, set up your online stop-goals. Let yourself to check mails only every three hours, and visit social media only for 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the evening on working days.

Step 3. Divide your schedule on blocks

Set several time blocks for each working day. It is better to define it like small winning moments – you finish one, you are a winner for now! Take a rest for some time and continue your goals achieving. You finish next? Oh, you are really a great businessman! What about the third block? Ok, it's the last one. Your day is over and you are a hero of this day! Sounds motivational, isn’t it? Try to make several (3-5) blocks for every day. You'll feel yourself much more confident and you'll really achieve your time management goals. Of course, if you follow the schedule. If you don't have an opportunity or possibility to plan blocks daily, make a 5-blocks week plan and appreciate yourself for winning each one. It works good, too!

Step 4. What about your workplace?

If you have a mess around the place you work, it may decrease your productivity and make your goals less achievable. Psychologists say that clean space works like a clean brain – you have only the most necessary tools and documents, you see only the most priority tasks, you think only the way you need to. Be sure that your inner 'workplace' is also clean and clear. Leave your personal problems outside your office. When you work – think about your work. And the opposite – when you go home, don't think about the business, focus on your personal life. Your work really needs it, because your brain needs some reloading every evening.

Step 5. Follow your plan

Don't forget your priorities. Set a plan of them and be aware of your key vision. Especially if you are a leader, you should keep awareness every day, you should motivate your employees, show them the way and your own example. You should be the first and the most important person who goes forward, and everyone follows him with enthusiasm. Make a plan, set goals, check your time – and go on!

© Assiomatica SA

Time Management Tips for a Good Leader

Time Management Tips for a Good Leader

Posted on 2017-May-08

You can sleep 4 hours a day and all this time you will dream that the next day you will have 48 hours to work. Sounds familiar? 

Let's find out what takes up your time and what rules of time management you should learn.

If you have NO time at all, first make a small check up – read carefully our previous article How to Make Your Business Life Simple and be sure that you really do what we advice. This is the first part of your daily time-robbery that you do by yourself. If you are sure that everything is clear, this means that you should check your time management skills, not only to find enough time in your schedule.

Actually, it may sound surprising, but we all have time. We don't have skills (and sometimes a big desire) to spend it in a right way. Don't you agree that this is a choice to surf  Facebook and to check emails every hour or to spend this time for much more effective actions? We are sure you do.

So, what you are going to do?

Step 1. Set your time goals.

Valuate your success in time limits. Today determine the exact time when you should completely finish all the plans or their specific parts. Determine the exact time for a week or a month to complete the next project. Set your long term plans for a year or a several years. Write everything down and look into this schedule regularly. If we are talking about a short presentation, set and strictly observe time limits, whatever they were – this way you also show respect for your audience, colleagues or business partners. Every goal has its measurement and time limit, so your goal is not so high-rated, if you do everything, but not in time.

Step 2. Monitor your time robbers

There are different tools online and in the most used browsers to check what time do you usually spend on activities online. Every Internet user perfectly knows that three hours spent without Web are really endless, but three hours spent online may pass like a single minute. Online activities that are not connected with work, can significantly ruin our daily effectiveness. If you find out that you definitely spend a lot of ineffective time online, set up your online stop-goals. Let yourself to check mails only every three hours, and visit social media only for 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the evening on working days.

Step 3. Divide your schedule on blocks

Set several time blocks for each working day. It is better to define it like small winning moments – you finish one, you are a winner for now! Take a rest for some time and continue your goals achieving. You finish next? Oh, you are really a great businessman! What about the third block? Ok, it's the last one. Your day is over and you are a hero of this day! Sounds motivational, isn’t it? Try to make several (3-5) blocks for every day. You'll feel yourself much more confident and you'll really achieve your time management goals. Of course, if you follow the schedule. If you don't have an opportunity or possibility to plan blocks daily, make a 5-blocks week plan and appreciate yourself for winning each one. It works good, too!

Step 4. What about your workplace?

If you have a mess around the place you work, it may decrease your productivity and make your goals less achievable. Psychologists say that clean space works like a clean brain – you have only the most necessary tools and documents, you see only the most priority tasks, you think only the way you need to. Be sure that your inner 'workplace' is also clean and clear. Leave your personal problems outside your office. When you work – think about your work. And the opposite – when you go home, don't think about the business, focus on your personal life. Your work really needs it, because your brain needs some reloading every evening.

Step 5. Follow your plan

Don't forget your priorities. Set a plan of them and be aware of your key vision. Especially if you are a leader, you should keep awareness every day, you should motivate your employees, show them the way and your own example. You should be the first and the most important person who goes forward, and everyone follows him with enthusiasm. Make a plan, set goals, check your time – and go on!

© Assiomatica SA