Over the years, I have had to learn to multiply my time as a leader.
Here are several miscellaneous thoughts that I have used to make better use of my time:
1. On the job:
- force myself to make decisions
- say “No” to activities I don’t have time to do
- use a system to write down ideas and things to remind me of future commitments
- listen to podcasts while driving or running errands
2. Beware of Time Wasters:
- Too much sleep. Get a little less and take a power nap in the day, if you can do that.
- Thumbing through magazines
- Social media (Facebook and Twitter) if I don’t have a plan, purpose or time limit
- Email: if I open it up first thing in the morning before I have my game-face on, I am toast.
- Listen to podcasts and books while traveling
- Plan errands
- I seldom like to travel alone. Travel time is great relational time and more fun.
- Include think time in schedule rather than wait for free time to magically appear.
- Work when others in the house are asleep.
5. Pace self
- Plan and set up your own structure and stick to it
- Use deadlines (remember: work expands to fit the available time)
- Work hard and reward yourself with breaks-delay gratification
- Schedule tough jobs when you have high energy
6. Appointments and meetings
- Some people like to schedule things back to back. I have found that I need some downtime and think time before I head into the next appointment. That helps me be better prepared and emotionally engaged for the next meeting.
- 5 minutes of planning can save an hour
- Determine the objectives
7. Read a piece of mail or email once, and deal with it. I stopped checking email and started doing it.
- Look over a book first by reading the flap, the author information and the table of contents. Determine what you want to get out of the book
- Read as rapidly as possible looking for main ideas and take notes as you go. This will be a good review at the end. Kindle really helps this!
What ways have you found to multiply your time?
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