Time For The Future

Time management is an ongoing issue with managers and leaders.  We can safely say that it’s up to us, individually, to allocate our time in the workplace.  Yes, there are only so many hours in the work day, but it’s how we spend those hours that determines if we’re effectively performing the leadership duties we’re paid to do.

Verne Harnish reported in his June 13, 2013 newsletter that a very small percentage of executive leaders, surveyed across the globe, were very satisfied with the way they allocated their time.  Of the approximately 1,500 executives questioned, only 9 percent believed they made the most of their day.

The data, provided by McKinsey & Company further revealed executives schedule quiet time to afford an opportunity to sit back and look at the big picture.  These executives spend 24 percent of their time working alone.

Many times, leaders are pulled into things that aren’t exactly strategic which detracts from their true focus.  Of the remaining 91 percent of executives who were dissatisfied with their time management, they reported the following activities:

  • Online junky
  • Smoozer
  • Cheerleader
  • Firefighter

So, as you look at your calendar in the days ahead, determine how you’re going to make time to reflect on the future. ■

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