86400, Are you making them count?
Posted at 11:59:57 by Jacky Leonard
We all have the same 86400 seconds to play with every day, yet it seems there are some people who manage to use that time better than others. So what’s the reason for that? Are you bored, overworked or lazy...or do you just have uninspiring goals? Let’s face it you’ll often find time for those things that you deem most important to you.
The reality is you can’t manage time. So, as it’s impossible to get more of it, (that clock is going to tick away those seconds regardless), you can only manage yourself within the time you have available. With that in mind, maybe the question you should be asking is ‘how can I maintain my energy, motivation and focus to ensure I get the best out of my day and achieve the things I want, at home and at work?’
Here are 6 practical tips to help you get the best from your time:
1. Appreciate your own and others perspectives
You’ll see time from your own perspective, which may not be the same as those you live or work with. This can sometimes be cause for confusion, frustration and even anger because you won’t understand why your family, friends or colleagues don’t view things in the same way as you.
2. Accept that you can’t manage time
Those seconds will tick away, regardless of how organised or tardy you are. All time management activities focus on helping you manage yourself within the time you have available. To do this effectively, you must be honest about your strengths and challenges and find ways of capitalising on the former and dealing productively with the latter.
3. Know your outcome
An important management tool for getting the best from yourself and others is to first set yourself some clear goals. Identify what you want to achieve, how much you really want it and when you want it. You can then decide how you’ll get it and who needs to get on board to help you.
4. Think of it as planning a journey
Managing yourself to achieve anything is akin to going on a journey. Before you head off you’ll hopefully be fully aware of where you are now. You then have to decide where you want to go (your destination, goal or outcome), when you want to arrive, who you’ll travel with and how you’ll get there. One of the most important steps is often forgotten…WHY are you taking the journey? What are the reasons you must reach this destination?
5. Align your WHY with your values
The Why is your driver, the factor that will help keep you motivated even when the going gets tough. It’s more likely you’ll assign the right level of importance and give your journey the appropriate level of effort, time and resources if you and your team identify your reasons for wanting this goal and how it specifically aligns with your values and your organisation’s culture.
6. Just do it…once
When you’ve set yourself a goal or task, get on with it. It’s easy to procrastinate, find other (less important) things to do, or distract yourself with and before you know it, half the day has gone and you’ve achieved very little. Address things once; prioritise, then deal, delegate, delete, defer or ditch it. Set specific and dedicated times to deal with tasks such as emails and only deal with personal stuff when you have a planned break or have finished work.
If you’re a procrastinator, check out Do it or Ditch it by Bev James. A wonderful book that will help you stop dithering and start doing/
Find a management tool, technique or model that works for you and stick to the guidelines above and you’ll find you’re more efficient, personally effective and productive.
If however, you’re like me and prefer to experience your learning with others. I’m running 86400 – Make them count workshops in partnership with CIMSPA over the next few months. Here are the ones scheduled so far:
29 October 2015 Stoke Mandeville
03 December 2015 Manchester
15 December 2016 Pontypool
Using practical tools, models and learning activities, this 1 day workshop will help you identify the things you simply must do, explore the reasons you’re time challenged and consider the attitudes, behaviours and approaches that will help you use your time more effectively. To find out more
For specific details on venues, times and cost just follow this link to the CIMSPA website http://bit.ly/cimspaevents and book your place.
I hope to see you soon.