Time management is a fallacy, we like to say. Time doesn't need you to "manage" it - it's been getting along just fine without you for billions of years. We can't manage time. But what we CAN manage is what we do with that time. And yet, the overwhelming evidence is that managers do NOT "manage what they do with that time." There's a shocking CHASM between our behavior in this area and our knowledge of what to do. In fact, Mark recently blogged on how busy everyone says they are, which irritates him. He looks at their calendars, and there's no EVIDENCE that they're busy. There are vast swaths of unscheduled time!
Peter Drucker, in the first prescriptive chapter of his seminal work, the Effective Executive, says it best (of course): "The output limits of any process are set by the scarcest resource. In the process we call "accomplishment", this is time ... Of the other major resources, money is actually quite plentiful ... People ... one can hire. But one cannot rent, hire, buy or otherwise obtain more time."
So, the question is, how can managers start to become more efficient about using the time that each of us has at our disposal? In fact, that's a great way to state it: STOP disposing of your time! It's not only your most precious resource, it's also your most perishable!
This cast will get you started doing just that.
This Cast Answers These Questions
- How do I manage my time?
- How do I make myself more efficient?
- How do I manage my calendar?
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