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Time Management

What’s a successful day to you?

My clients often tell me some version of “The day just got away from me,” or “I’ve just been so busy, I haven’t had time to come up for air.”

Depending on how you look at it, the new work-from-home reality has given you a blessing or a curse: you set your own daily schedule. You get to choose.

Why, then, do you still run into the same “slammed” days? I posit to you that it is not a matter of time management. Time management is merely viewing time as a problem or a force that needs to be kept at bay or controlled.

This is a matter of Time Leadership.

True leaders do not use time as an excuse. They do not brag to each other about how full their inboxes are, or how many meetings they have. Try to think of a time when someone vented to you about how busy they were and you felt inspired to learn more. Spoiler Alert: It doesn’t happen. Being “busy” inspires nobody and accomplishes nothing.

Time Leadership, on the other hand, is asking yourself “What is my purpose today, and how will I deliberately plan around that purpose?”

Time Leadership is deeply rooted in Constructive Candor, where we prepare ourselves for an important conversation, engage in it with the other person(s), then sustain the relationship. Time Leadership is you having a daily important conversation with yourself. A conversation where you rip the proverbial band-aid off and are completely forthright with yourself. After you’ve landed on your purpose for the day, use the Constructive Candor framework to answer these questions:

-What is standing in the way of my purpose?

-What will I do about that obstacle?

-How will I hold myself accountable?