It’s an illusion that we can actually manage time itself. Time just is. The more important question we need to ask ourselves is how will we use our time this week to net us the highest return on investment. Stop trying to manage time and start using time to design the business and life you want to create.
CONSIDER THIS: You have exactly the same amount of time in your day as the CEO of Google or Sheryl Sandburg, COO of Facebook or Mark Burnett the Producer of shows like Survivor, The Voice, Celebrity Apprentice, and more recently, The Bible). What do those leaders do with their time differently than you do? What have they done differently for the last 20 years than you have done? Time is the only resource we all have in common.
DO THIS: Assign everything on your task list a day and time to do it. Don’t pile up tasks and commitments that aren’t assigned a time to complete. Tasks are wishes, not realistic actions you will take, when they are not assigned a real day and time for completion. No sense in piling up tasks that together add up to more than 24 hours in a day. Go back and measure how long things actually took, versus what you estimate when you booked them. Trust me on this. You will get better, quickly, at using your time wisely and appropriately.
BE DELIBERATE: with who you spend your time with. Look ahead at your week and schedule time with the people most important to you in the areas that you desire successful outcomes in. Schedule time with your most important who’s. Measure how much time you are spending with them. Go back at the end of the week and see if you kept those commitments to yourself. If you didn’t, readjust to face current reality for next week, or change your commitments so you can fit in your most important who’s on your calendar.
What you do with your time, as a leader, is a critical factor to your long term success. Who and how you spend your time will determine the return on investment you receive. If you are a leader and all of your time is spent doing, who, exactly, is leading?
Our job, at Cortex Leadership Consulting, is to provide leaders, like you, with the insights you need to achieve your desired outcomes. Let me know if you are looking for a keynote speaker or facilitator for your next corporate event. Our price is much lower than the value we will deliver you and your group.
Thank you, this week, to Brian Duvall, for his tireless work on helping us build our business and brand. Also, we we say goodbye to Taylor Ricotta, our Communication Coordinator, we welcome in a new structure for our company and a dawn of exciting growth and opportunity. We thank Taylor for her hard work, dedication, and reliability. We appreciate all that she did to keep us going and growing!