Isn't it frustrating when you go to work to get it done and before you know it you are going home with a long to-do list and a guilty conscience! Better time management in the workplace is the fix. Working too long and jeopardizing health and well-being is becoming the norm for many – don’t make it a way of life for you.
Instead reap the fruits of our 20 years of experience with people just like you – like them you can feel confidently in charge of your day– we can help you re-calibrate and stay in control starting now. Rebuilding and retaining ownership of your time and your life is a decision that you can make now – most people we work with don’t know where to start – so we want to make it easy for you.
Time management in the workplace can seem overwhelming – but really you can break it down into 3 main areas:
While for some the challenge in managing their time is knowing full well exactly what they have to do but never getting to it, for others the incoming flood of requirements on their time makes it a challenge to know where to place their time and energy.
Knowing what is most important in your order of priorities gives you your “Big Why” – as anyone who has attempted to hold a New Year’s Resolution can attest – motivation doesn’t last but the reasons for action do.
Being really clear as to what matters is at the core of not only good time management but Peace of Mind and Work Satisfaction and Well-Being.
Knowing the right stuff and being on top of it are clearly separate challenges for time management in the workplace.
All the thinking in the world about correct strategy and goals does not alone build high performance. The world of work expects us to deliver on what we have pledged to do. However often it gives us little help or guidance as to how to use our time effectively.
Often the environment can be downright hostile to getting things done. Time management in the workplace requires a strong framework to brace ourselves for challenge. Having a robust process and philosophy for Calendar Management and Scheduling is key.
This approach must have a line of sight into our longer and shorter term goals and be an accurate and considered reflection of how it is best to spend our days. It must also take into consideration our health and well-being, the rhythms of our lives outside work and times of day when we are at our best for specific activities.
Much of the armory you require immediately lies under this category. The expression “No plan survives contact with the enemy,” is particularly relevant to Time Management in the Workplace.
Because having thought and planned conscientiously many still fail to achieve their outcomes and targets thanks to an environment, (both physical and cultural) which actively gets in our way or tempts us towards our commitment weak-spots. Much of the disillusion and despair we encounter in our work is connected to these challenges.
The really important stuff is suffocated and stifled by the onslaught of unimportant trivia that bombards us from day’s beginning to day’s end.
So what are the culprits? Simply put
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Managing meetings effectively
Strategies to reduce interruptions and improve focus
Under each of these 3 king-hitters for Workplace Time Management on our website we have your solutions. If you are a Harry Potter fan you will remember the course at Hogwart’s “Defense against the Dark Arts.”
Our workplace approach is similar...we have our “Time Management Defenses against Workplace Dark Arts.” As previously mentioned, the world of work as we experience is not often very conducive to working at all.
We are constantly dissuaded from doing our work from the time we arrive to the time we leave. Even though we are ready and willing to follow our “Know it, Plan it, Do it” approach, friendly colleagues wanting a chat, IT crises, email overload, office politics all intervene in our good intentions.
Our Defenses build the bridges you need between
You can travel backwards and forwards across the bridges at any time to strengthen these links to action.
Consciousness and Choice characterize the Know it Defenses.
Calendar as the basic implementation tool underpins the Plan it Defenses.
Commit and Control are the drivers in the Do it phase of executing this approach.
You might be very clear on where your challenges are coming from… whether your time management is impacted by not Knowing it, not Planning it or not Doing it. You might be a high performer who is keen to build you armory. Whichever is your case, the Know it - Plan it - Do it approach connects your best effort with your best outcome.
You can start anywhere – the 3 areas integrate seamlessly.
Think about where your greatest challenges lie – and choose from the tabs menu above.
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