It seems that each day there are more and more things that want our attention, and our time. How many times have you said, “There just isn’t enough time in the day!”? Your prayers are now answered and I am here to give you more time in your day. The reality is that our time management tools have been working against us all of this time. When you create a new appointment in your phone or calendar app what does it do? It defaults to a 30 minute or 1 hour long appointment. But how many things really need a full hour? Or more specifically, a full 60 minutes? There are 1440 minutes in each day and 1440 is a lot more that 24, so you should start planning your day in minutes, not hours.
Start small and try scheduling each meeting with others for 30 minutes. You will be amazed at how much more urgent everyone is to achieve something knowing that they only have 30 minutes to get it done. There is a lot less chatter and a lot more focus. If you pull that off, you just doubled how much time you have in your day! Get crazy and try 15 minute meetings. Maybe half of the topics could have been done in this amount of time. Look at you, another 25% extra time in your day!
I recognize that taking this to the extreme, not much can get done a single minute, but be intentional about how you schedule tasks and meetings and you will be surprised at how much more you can fit in without feeling overwhelmed about your “whole day being booked”. Recommend this to your employees as well and watch your organizations productivity soar!
Here are some other articles about time management which you might find useful:
- Intuit’s Time Management Tips
- Forbes Time Management for Work Life Balance
- Entrepreneur’s Time Management to Meet you Goals
Now all you have to do if figure out what to do with all of your extra time!
Michael Giuffrida has been helping people make better use of their time and resources since 1997. As an experienced entrepreneur he has built and grown businesses using his skills in management, profitable growth, business valuation, mergers and acquisitions, and information technology managed services.