When you’re time poor, it’s easy to think that you’re being more efficient if you pack as much as possible into those 1440 minutes in a day. Working at 100% capacity has to be efficient, right?
Here’s how stressed people with no time try to make more:
- Speak faster. Miss things out.
- Skip lessons learned briefings
- Cancel “soft” meetings like 1:1s and reviews
Replacing a long-duration activity with a short one
- Email instead of phoning or meeting face to face
- Skimp on background information
- Emailing during meetings
- Not finishing one task before starting another
- Driving and texting or phoning
- Walking and texting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNyTqIsrk0w
Wall to wall scheduling
- Leaving no gaps between activities
- Not leaving enough time for any one activity
- Scheduling “free time”
- Racing from one thing to another
Time and Space are inseparable concepts, ask any physicist. So are No Time and No Space.
Oh, and there’s a fifth one. Looking for quick-fix tips, tricks and apps about time management, hoping they will make you time rich. They’re the Ponzi schemes of the time management industry. You’ll spend your time trying them out, but waste most of it, because only a few will ever work for you.
Do you recognise these behaviours in yourself or members of your team?