Time is our greatest resource and equalizer

by | Jan 23, 2024

Here’s how to get the most out of it:

My approach to leading and leveraging your time is a bit unconventional.

When many of my clients learn our approach, they’re surprised. They expect a session filled with tips, tactics, strategies. All of which ARE very important and needful.

However, how I approach time management is to first peel back the layers of the onion to get to the CORE of time management. This helps you make sure you’re working on the RIGHT and BEST things.

Time is our greatest RESOURCE. Is it also a great EQUALIZER. We all have 24 hours in a day, whether a senior executive, a mid-level manager, or an individual contributor.

During a recent session, I shared the foundation of how we recommend approaching time management: I call it the “3Ms of Leading and Leveraging Time.”

I want you to have them too…here’s the high level summary:

  1. MINDSET—What do you believe about time? Do you have enough? Is it abundant? Scarce? What you believe about time determines whether it will work in your favor, or work against you.
  2. METHODOLOGY—Are you beginning with the end in mind? How do you determine priorities in your life? Your work? How do you make a decision about where and how will you invest, or spend, your time?
  3. MECHANICS—Tactically, what tools and resources do you use to plan, calendar, and manage your projects, tasks, and time for relationships, etc.?

After taking a deep dive into the 3M’s with my clients, they say things like:

“I’ve never thought of time management in this way before.”

“I have a new perspective and a new way to think about time and how I make decisions about time.”

“I went home and discussed these things with my 16-year-old daughter so that, as a family, we can make better decisions about how to invest and budget our time.”

Much of time management advice seems to “work for them, but not for me.” I’ve found, from the many sessions I’ve facilitated on time management, that the 3Ms are UNIVERSAL.

I encourage you to further explore the 3Ms as you map YOUR time in 2024.

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