Saving Time or Spending Time?
Focusing on saving time isn’t the best way to manage your time. Here’s a better approach.
This week’s Leaders Tip is about time management. Most of us when we approach time management think of it from a standpoint of “How can I save time? How can I get things done faster or cut corners so that at the end of the day I’ve got time left for other things I want to do?”
For example, I read an article recently where the person was advocating taping the TV shows you watch, and when you play them back you can fast forward through the commercials and you’ll save about 20 minutes of time for every hour long TV show. Do that for 2 or 3 shows and you can save enough time to get in a good workout in at the gym. I read that and thought – there is another way to get that workout in, and that’s just – don’t watch the TV.
The difference there points at a different approach to managing your time that I want to suggest to you. And that is, rather than focus on how to save time – which is a good thing, I think it is a good thing to do – but focus instead on: How do I want to spend my time? I’ve got this limited resource called time, how do I want to spend it? What goals, what projects, what relationships do I want to invest in? Where do I want to spend time to make those things happen? It’s a different approach to your day.
So look at your next day, or your week and if you do that it will require you to identify what is most important to you. What are your priorities? And then spend your time on that. Put it on your calendar. If you do that, at the end of the day, you are going to be living intentionally and you are going to find that you get the most important things consistently done, and probably done well. That’s going to make you feel better about yourself, about your life, and it’s going to have a bigger impact on the people around you.
At the end of the day, what it means is that you will be building the life that you want, in the time that you have. So I want to encourage you to try it, and when you do, let me know how it goes. I think you will find it will make a big difference.
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