management and its steadfast appendage (how
tos on managing time) have become - at large - a stale rhetoric. Well,
there’s always considerable conversation about streamlining workflow,
maintaining the work-life balance for productivity, employee engagement for
hyper-performance, etc. And more.
But have there been any grand
revelations in time management thinking in the last year, when we strip away
the jargon and intellectual fads?
debatable. And this debate won’t always solve your need to get the seemingly
growing pile of to-dos done. Today. So here’s a simple, uncomplicated and effective way to achieve more by doing the
Add an hour
to your day.
it’s not a joke. The idea that time management is magic – executing the
mysterious spell that extracts hours of workable time from a regular day – is
dangerously maintained. Sure, there’s room to do great things with considerable
coaching, a concerted effort to a complete operational change, and the focus
and dedication to maintain the new approach. That’s if we’re talking about
magic. Big changes.
for today, the realities of time
management are inherently the same… they require an objective, a set interval
and some measure of discipline.
So here’s the basic recipe: 10
objectives, over 2 weeks, with 1 hour a day.
1 hour to your working day to
achieve these 10 items in 2 weeks:
1. Google yourself and update your online profiles. If that takes
five minutes, Google all your co-workers. Your digital footprint needs a
constant eye, and an occasional spring clean. LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter, Facebook – as needs be. Quite simply, it’s likely that your job role, interests, skills, and beliefs have changed. Tell people.
2. Investigate two of your competitors,
because your findings might be a needed confidence boost or the catalyst for
3. Have lunch with your boss, chair, work partner
or colleague, to grow the work relationships that are fundamental to your job
satisfaction and career success.
4. Consider aligning your company with a preferred charity or cause, and connect with society in a meaningful way for the year.
5. Investigate the work of a division in your company
with which you interact little; it’s surprising where room for great
collaboration lies when interest and creative thinking are applied.
6. Research, install and learn a new app or online tool
that will somehow enhance your lifestyle; a running app,
a dynamic note-taking app, an events guide.
7. Tackle your reading list (those bookmarked pages),
and be ruthless with content that’s not helpful.
8. Clean your desk, workstation or office area. A
fresh environment makes an immeasurable difference to your mood for the day and
the process can be meditative – cathartic even, depending on your filing.
9. Catch up on personal email, because that
is often sidelined in the face of work email and is no less important.
10. Identify an industry influencer, role
model or new business partner, and make them an invitation for lunch. It’s your
year to connect and do.
Just as a PS: Contact a past employee, boss or client
to say hello and find out how they are doing... It’s amazing how the goodwill
comes back around!
These aren't everyday exercises and, when executed with
energy and regularity, they can be incredibly fruitful for their hour’s worth.
Give them a bash and send on some feedback. I’d love to know what’s worked for