Time Management Doesn’t Work, Do These Three Things Instead
Today, I reveal to you the exact thing I am doing (right now) to significantly increase my productivity.
But first, let me tell you about a pet peeve of mine that I’ve had for about, well, forever…
‘Time Management’. Yes we all need to be mindful of our time. But the term ‘time management’ often gives me an ‘icky’ feeling.
What I know for sure is that:
I’m an independent type of person! I’m not wired to be a good manager of “things,” especially time!
I also know that you don’t get results from things you don’t implement. You may know a lot of things, but if you don’t take action, there’s nothing to show for it.
One of the things I hear from hundreds of women leaders each year is that their to do list is a mile long. They feel stuck in overwhelm, not knowing what to do first and therefore don’t do much or end up focusing on the wrong things.
So, it’s not about managing our time. It never has been. It’s about something entirely different. Once I adopted these simple techniques, I’ve become far more focused and far more productive.
You can’t move to the next level until you use your time differently.
I believe that the way we relate to time is a clear indicator of our self-worth.
And, the ability to truly own our time is the difference between having a career (and life) that works…and not.
This isn’t about boring to-do lists.
This is a bigger conversation about your self-worth and your willingness to say no to the things that aren’t directly going to take you to where you want to go.
And it takes boldness and courage.
Time is the most precious commodity you have. If you have people in your life who are hijacking your time…or if you are giving your time to things that keep you very busy, but aren’t directly correlated to your goals…then you’ve got to do whatever it takes to take back control of your time.
It’s about getting clear on your direction and your priorities.
So, will you take an honest look at how you spent your time this week? Who did you spend it with? Where did you give it away? How can you leverage the precious time you have going forward to get more of what you want?
You can do it.
This is just one of the many best practises we share with members of the WLA, a senior women leaders community, for women who want to grow their leadership impact and visibility. Visit https://www.thewla.com for more details about the WLA and to schedule a chat to talk more.