Forbes Coaches Council offers advice to business executives with perceived time management problems. They offer the possibility that an executive’s problem may be more a problem of daily task choice management. They recommend a one week regimen for an executive to discover the true nature of the problem. During this week, Forbes recommends tracking daily activities using the Eisenhower Decision Matrix. In this system, tasks are separated into four quadrants. 1) Do important and urgent tasks first. 2) Important but not urgent tasks are for thoughtful consideration. 3) Urgent but not important tasks that can be delegated should be delegated. 4) Delete unimportant and not urgent tasks.
- Recognizing were you spend your time is the first step to making more efficient choices on how to spend it.
- adding more time to the day will not increase productivity on its own. You have to change how you view your time.
- Understanding your limits helps you make better choices. Saying yes to tasks that are not in alignment with your goals is a bad choice.
“The biggest shift for my clients when they go from a “time” mindset to a “choice” one is that they end up with free time. They now have space to use for proactive thinking or choosing how to fill this open time in relation to their priorities.”