How To Improve Your Time Management Skills

You and I, we’ve only got so many hours in the day. 24 hours to be exact. Sometimes those hours seem like an eternity. Other times they seem to pass by all too quickly.

The good news is you can take control of your time. You can learn to manage your time better. So that’s what we’re going to look at today.

Time flies

Image by R. Mitra

Time management is a struggle many leaders face today. They know they have the same amount of time as everyone else but sometimes it feels like others have more time than they do.

When you’re feeling like this, what do you do? How do you get back into the groove and manage your time effectively?

I’ve found 4 tips to improve your time management skills. Let’s go through each tip.

Leaders Need Boundaries – Boundaries For Leaders Book Review

I don’t know about you but I cringe every time I hear the word boundaries. As a leader, I always thought boundaries prevented me from doing what needed to be done. Boundaries felt like a cage, restrictive and something that held me back.

However, as I read through Dr. Henry Cloud’s new book Boundaries For Leaders, I realized I’ve been wrong. Leaders need boundaries. The key is learning how to define the boundaries.

Cover image for Boundaries For Leaders by Dr. Henry Cloud

Boundaries For Leaders Cover

Dr. Cloud is probably best known for the book Boundaries, that he co-authored with John Townsend. In Boundaries, Cloud and Townsend shared how everyone needs to have certain boundaries:

Physical Boundaries

Emotional Boundaries

Mental Boundaries

Spiritual Boundaries

The boundaries discussed in that book are fantastic and make a valid case for why we need them. However, they weren’t written in a way that directly related to leaders. This is where Boundaries For Leaders come into play.

The Lie Of Busy

Can you hear it? That small whisper in your ear. It’s telling you a lie.

There’s a good possibility you can’t hear the lie well. But you feel it. You’re compelled to do what it says.

The whisper is telling you that you MUST be busy.

You’ve heard this whispered lie, right? That’s why you try so hard to fill your day with activities and motion. The lie of busyness is why I there are days I try to fill my time with unimportant busywork.

We’ve been told to be more productive, we’ve got to be busy doing work. We’ve got to fill our schedules. We’ve got to pack our day with activity.

And it feels good. We’re doing work! We’re getting things done! We’re being productive!

But it’s a lie. Just like the cake is a lie.