Time Management for Leaders

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Time Management for Leaders

Finding more time….. It’s a lot like trying to find a unicorn. It doesn’t exist. You have an equal amount of time in each day to complete the tasks you need. How you use your time will determine your success in those tasks.

You can make a difference in your career by learning and practicing time management skills, whether you are a new manager or a seasoned professional.

Set goals and plan:

Set daily, weekly and monthly goals with your employees. Each goal should be given a deadline and broken down into manageable tasks. You might offer employees task management tools such as an online calendar, project management software, or a simple list of tasks.

Prioritise:

Encourage employees to prioritise their responsibilities according to customer benefit and urgency. This will allow them to start with tasks that are most important. Effective communication is essential to ensure that priorities align with company goals.

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1. Get rid of clutter early.

Get your day started early. Begin by completing the smaller tasks that take less than a minute. These “clutter tasks“, which require little time, can eat up your brain space and add unnecessary weight to your to-do lists. You can get rid of them and move on to the next task.

2. Take care of how you use your time

You can manage your time better if you are more aware of it. Take a look at your daily activities and calculate the time spent on each one. It might surprise you to discover how few minutes you spend on productive activities. Find ways to reduce unproductive time so you can focus on the most important things.

3. Schedule “office hours”
You can avoid being poked or pinged throughout the day by defining specific times in your daily schedule that you will use for communication. You can make conversations flow quickly, employees feel heard, and there is less need to interrupt your work for a question or concern.

4. Give tasks to others

Is there anything that you think your team might be interested in taking on? This can be a great opportunity for employees to learn and help with certain tasks, such as market research that will help you plan your next strategy.

5. Learn to say no to meetings

Ask yourself if you really need to be at a particular meeting. Are you able to be briefed after the meeting? Is your absence a problem? Is it possible to only be present for a portion of the meeting? You can also work with your coworkers and plan non-meeting days and meeting days to bundle your focus.

6. Ask clarification questions at the beginning of a meeting

Meetings are the most time-consuming part of your day. It makes it difficult to do anything else. Clarify the objectives and goals of each meeting before you start to make them more productive and efficient.

What are you trying to achieve? What are you looking to achieve? Brainstorming? What are some actions items you can take? These questions can help you and your group stay on track.

7. Meetings need to be booked in less time than you expect.

People will often extend their meeting times if they have more time. People tend to be more focused if they feel the need to squeeze everything in a shorter time frame.

8. All of your meetings should be booked back-to-back

Set up meetings back-to-back whenever possible so that you have the remainder of your day in one chunk.

When you are anticipating the next meeting, it can be difficult to focus on something. You’re less likely produce the best work if your mind is constantly on the next meeting. It’s impossible to find a groove.

Do not use a time-saving strategy that works for another person but is not right for you. You don’t have to use these strategies if you feel it is unnatural or forced. Find the habits that work for you.

9. Select the best tools

Your team should have the right habits, processes, and time management to meet their needs.

10. Focus time

Your team will be able to work uninterrupted without interruptions if you book focus days or time-slots. Encourage your employees to set a “focus” status in their inter-office communication tool. This will ensure that others don’t disturb them.

11. Manage your emails

Managers’ email inbox can be a cluttered place with many emails that need to be addressed. You should set aside time each day to respond to emails.

If you are concerned that urgent messages will not arrive within the time frame, then check your inbox frequently. But, if it is to address something very important, don’t forget to stick to your schedule.

12. Embrace Delegation

Your staff will be able to work independently and confidently with effective delegation. Staff who aren’t given responsibility often will be more dependent on you and take up more of your time. It will make your life easier to ensure that everyone has the right training and resources in order to do their job.

Last Thoughts

Keep your eyes on the end result. You can speed up your progress by skipping steps that do not contribute to the final outcome. It is easy to spend too much time worrying about how you will get the big project completed. Instead of worrying about how you’ll get it done, break it down into smaller chunks so that you can work on it in organised increments that will allow you to track your progress.

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