This is a cosmetic ritual that comes and goes without any major problems. The benefits are arguable, but the shift happens.
I’m more interested in shifts that can produce significant benefits … like a shift in strategic direction, or a shift in policy … or in the spirit of this weekend, a shift in ‘saving time’.
Think about this.
Could you use an extra hour in the day?
Do you find that there are things you work on that take longer than you expected?
Are you frequently challenged to address an unexpected crisis?
What shifts have you made in the last 60 – days that have saved you time?
My leadership tip for you this week is to identify at least 3 – opportunities that will save you time then, make the changes necessary to reap the benefits.
There are plenty of places to look to find opportunities. Consider your calendar, email, travel, interruptions, clutter, conference calls, phone calls, meetings … and so on.
My number one time saving suggestion is to schedule time on your calendar to be alone to think and plan. When you take time to think and plan magical things can happen.
- You can solve problems before they are problems – save time fighting fires.
- You make great long-lasting decisions – saves time from re-making a reactive decision.
- You achieve clarity on the priorities of your tasks and assignments – saves time because energies are focused in the right direction.
The benefits of scheduling time on your calendar to be alone to think and plan are far beyond ‘saving time’. They roll over into profitability, productivity, employee engagement, morale, customer satisfaction just to name a few. This is just part of The Power of Thinkership.
If you don’t do this now, I highly recommend you begin – you won’t regret it.
If you are doing this now, try to squeeze another 30 – minutes a week to do more of it.