How people fill their time, talk about their time and evaluate others vis à vis time is a key ingredient of a company's or organization's culture (attitudes that govern behavior).
Thinking and attitudes about time come from the top. People do what leaders do, not what they say. If you always tell people to cancel previously scheduled plans whenever you want them to do something, they will do that to others. Nothing is sacred or important, nothing gets invested in, everything is merely urgent. Internal intranet calendars facilitate this unless leaders themselves don't allow it.
I continue to wonder why so much effort invested in managing time. When you manage yourself and your work and others manage themselves and their work, time will take care of itself. Managing time is using resources that provide no return on investment. Time management consumes the only truly finite resource, which is time itself, without any appreciable ROI.
Here are my 3 top tips for managing yourself. Leaders should lead by example.
- List your priorities by ROI (not urgent or because someone else wants you)
- Work on your priorities in manageable chunks based on energy, resources
- Schedule breaks to allow yourself to recharge, get perspective
In the natural world everything has its season--not sooner or later, but “on time” and everything "gets done on time.” We would be wise to focus on priorities and use our time as needed to generate a valuable return on our investment.