Time Management. Our everyday-time stresses are usually caused by having too much work to do in a given amount of time, or by using available time ineffectively. One critical aspect of effective time management is the discipline of analyzing how we utilize our time.
Below are a few practical questions to help reflect on how we spent our days.
- Did I start my day with a clear plan on how I would use my time during the day? Did I prepare a to-do list and assign priorities to tasks on the list? Did this plan give me a sense of control over my time?
- Did I work on the most important tasks at times when I tend to be most focused and productive?
- Did I concentrate on my priorities? Did I feel rushed? How much unplanned time did I spend on pressing problems that demanded my immediate attention or added little value in the context of my goals?
- Did I examine my schedule and priorities before committing to new assignments?
- Was I effective with the use of my time or was I just efficient in the tasks I completed? Did I do the right things to meet my organization’s, team’s and personal goals?
- How will my accomplishments help me progress towards my short-term and long-term goals?
- Did I delegate responsibilities and tasks well? Did I use my associates (administrative assistants, subordinates, subject experts, and other resources) effectively?
- How well did I use my buffer-times: time when waiting for the dentist, time during the train-commute to work, etc.?
- What interruptions and time-wasters did I encounter? Did I attend unimportant meetings or get non-critical telephone calls and email? How could I have avoided these time-intrusions?
- Did I spend too much time deliberating over minor decisions?
- Did I spend enough time with family and friends? Did I spend enough time on my fitness, leisure and spiritual activities?
- Did I accomplish everything I had hoped to accomplish? How many tasks do I carry forward to tomorrow’s to-do list?
- Did I complete a list of things to do for tomorrow and assign priorities to them? Did I leave my workplace, desk and other personal spaces organized?
A post came out last week on posting PreBlast and Backblasts in a timely manner. I missed my last post and looking back wandered why I didn’t get it posted. No excuses. We all have busy lives and it doesn’t appear that it is going to get any slower. I took the items above from a website to help me reflect on my TIME and ATTITUDE.
We all get caught up in our daily routine and sometimes letting others come in and interrupt or distract us. One thing I have come to appreciate is F3. There are men in this organization that hold each other accountable, encourage each other, pray for one another, and look for ways to improve the lives of others. This may not pertain to you, but thought I would share as we deal with the daily challenges as men and leaders. THANK YOU F3 and Bayside.
Morning is looking like a nice 70 degree start. What a better way to start the holiday weekend then with a little burp. Anyway, hope everybody has time to join us in the am @0600.
Thank you to all our veterans who have served and our serving. Lets recognize and pray for the families of lost ones that have gave their own life for this amazing country we live in.
See you HIMS in the morn.