2 Time Management Myths That May Be Sabotaging Your Results (and can definitely affect your level of stress)
Strong time management skills are critical for leaders, because they have significant responsibility for:
– casting a vision for their team
– aligning goals to achieve the vision
– removing barriers
– facilitating results and ideally
– coaching their team toward success, individually and collectively.
What do all these things have in common? THEY TAKE TIME.
To know how to improve our time management skills (which is really our ability prioritize, organize & execute), we have to first address the myths we may believe that can negatively affect our results…
MYTH 1—I don’t have enough time.
The reality is, we have the exact same amount of time as everyone else on the planet. 24 hours a day. 7 days a week. The question isn’t how much time we have, but how we’re INVESTING it.
MYTH 2—I just can’t get everything done.
To some extent, this may be true. You may not be able to get EVERYthing done. But that’s not what’s important. The goal is not to get everything done but to get the RIGHT THINGS done.
Here are 3 simple steps to help you bust the time myths and regain your power to LEAD & LEVERAGE your time:
CLARIFY, IDENTIFY, SIMPLIFY
CLARIFY = stabilize yourself by getting clear on what your REAL priorities are, challenging yourself to rethink them. Are you sure these are your most important priorities? Are they in alignment with your values, your vision, your goals, etc.? If the answer is yes, then they stay on your radar. If not, you may need to let them go.
IDENTIFY = where are you currently investing your time? What you say is important isn’t always where you’re spending your time. Are you allowing yourself to get sucked into the unimportant, the urgent, or others’ priorities? Dig deeper to find what pressures may be influencing your decision to allocate time on things that aren’t your most important priorities.
SIMPLIFY = Release the nonessentials. Also, look for quicker, easier, and more efficient ways of accomplishing the things that ARE priorities. I like to say, if it’s not a high payoff activity, AUTOMATE, DELEGATE, or ELIMINATE it.
As a coach, when I hear someone say “I don’t have time” or “I just can’t get everything done” – it’s a signal that there may be an opportunity for a shift in mindset or an upgrade in skillset.
If you’re interested in support on how you and your leadership team can truly LEAD and LEVERAGE YOUR TIME, we cover this in our Coach Approach to Leadership program. Schedule a call for more info!