I have been coaching business owners, executives and professional athletes (just started) for over 18 years. And, in every single interview while capturing the scope of the contract there is a request to work on Time Management. It has been this way from the beginning, and the only change that has occurred in that time is it is getting worse to manage!
The first tip is you cannot manage it. Give it up. It has not been something you could wrestle to the ground since Franklin/Covey (the early 90’s), and even then, with their Priority A, B and C, it was a fool’s errand.
Another couple of tips to keep in mind:
- Multitasking wastes time. Often you make mistakes because you are not concentrating fully on one thing-your brain cannot do it.
- Get a strong relationship with completing stuff. If you cannot finish something, note what was incomplete and keep it in existence. That way, when you come back you do not have to re-create where you ended up, just read the note.
- Turn off your email alarms, and create times in the day to deal with reading, answering, filing and deleting emails. If you do it as they come in, it eats up your productivity.
- Take a break. It is not about getting more done, it’s about productivity and peace of mind.
- There is more to say, but I am running out of time.
I would love to hear about your tips!