Young Leaders Arena 3 Powerful Tips on Time Management
This is the key to time management – to see the value of every moment. — Menachem Mendel Schneerson
Before we begin to manage time, we must know what time is. A dictionary meaning of time is “the point or period at which things occur.” According to Entrepreneur, “there are two types of time: clock time and real time. In clock time, there are 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day and 365 days in a year. All time passes equally. When someone turns 50, they are exactly 50 years old, no more or no less. In real time, all time is relative. Time flies or drags depending on what you’re doing.”
Greek philosophers also identified time in two aspects: Chronos (chronological or calendar time) and Kairos (the ever present “now”). “Kairos” according to Wikipedia is defined as “a passing instant when an opening appears which must be driven through with force if success is to be achieved.” In our time-starved perspective we have forgotten about the abundant quality of “kairos”.
We Africans have our own time. It’s termed; ‘African time’. But people who practice it do so at their own expense.
The good news is that real time is mental. It exists between your ears. You create it. Anything you create, you can manage. It’s time to remove any self-sabotage or self-limitation you have around “not having enough time,” or today not being “the right time” to start a business or manage your current business properly.
We have only three ways to spend time: thoughts, conversations and actions. Regardless of the type of business you own, your work will be composed of those three items. Manage your time in a way that has the greatest impact on your success.
A study from Career Builder found cell phones and texting, gossip, the Internet and social media to be among the top ten workplace distractions. Therefore, you need to eliminate these distractions in order to enhance productivity while you’re at work. Young leaders who are in the process of improving their lives or advancing their careers have greater distractions to tackle, such as personal obligations, social activities and demands for meetings from peers and employees. Eliminating these distractions will make time management become much easier.
Successful leaders delegate a lot. Delegation will allow you to manage your time and lead well. By delegating responsibilities to subordinates, leaders gain the respect of their employees and colleagues and are more effective at doing their jobs. Also, delegating tasks that can be completed by eager team members will allow you to focus on activities that will have the greatest impact on your career advancement.
It’s easy to let communication slide when you’re focusing on time management. Successful leaders are very aware that strong time management requires strong, close, consistent, and regular communication among team members. Make it a habit to always ask yourself if whatever you’re doing is the best use of your time. If not – try and adjust yourself. You can start by recording your thoughts, conversations and activities so you can get an idea of exactly how much of your day you spend on each. Schedule time to communicate with others on high-priority tasks and projects.