Leadership Lesson: Stop Trying To Manage Time, Manage Yourself

April 9, 2012

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I'm Deb- CEO, worldwide executive coach, mentor, consultant and speaker. I'm here to help you take your leadership and impact to the next level!

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Have you ever had one of ‘those days’.

You know the one.

One where your to do list looks like a novel.

Where the open active windows on your desk top have hit double digits and your computer is moving at a snails pace.

One where you’re sure you’re not calling it a day until the morning?

Bet you’ve also experienced that moment when you say to yourself ” This is crazy, I have got to get better at managing my time!” Only to have the exact same scenario play out the very next day?

Time is not the problem.  You are, I am, we all are.  When people talk about time management they really are looking for ways to help manage themselves and the activities that serve their priorities.

One of my mentor’s John C. Maxwell’s recent Minute With Maxwell on the topic is timely:


Here is the simplest leadership approach to managing how you use your time.

First, begin with what is the goal?  What is the end game?  What are your looking to accomplish?

Next, how will you know when you’ve made it there?

Next, what are the key milestones you need to hit?

Got them?

Great, what activities support those milestones?

Build your day with those activities first, then once accomplished, we are free to allow distractions to interfere and enchant us in another direction.

What have you found helpful to keep you focused on activities that support the end goal?