Category Archive: Time management

Get a Grip on Your Schedule when Work is Out of Control

Time pressure is a symptom of technology, ignorance, and arrogance. The promise of more time and shorter workweeks is a fantasy for the leaders I work with. Technology shrinks time and expands a… Continue reading

The #1 Thing That Most Improved my Productivity

There is no such thing as time management. Time can’t be managed. It simply is. Nothing you do changes time. Time management is really self-management. Everyone who has trouble managing time is really… Continue reading

The Most Important Thing You Manage isn’t Projects or People

Someone or something is controlling your attention. Often it’s not you. Maybe it’s an email alert or a buzzing cell phone. Distracted leaders live inconsequential lives. The most important thing you manage is your… Continue reading

Who’s Got the Monkey

Full disclosure: This post is an excuse to show our youngest granddaughter with the screaming monkey. Audiences love “Who’s got the monkey” stories. The idea is based on a 1974 HBR article by… Continue reading

How to Win the Battle for Your Schedule and Spend More Time Doing What Matters

The elevation of spontaneity and emotion over planning and execution explains why leaders waste themselves on non-essentials. Fall into the spontaneity trap and end up chasing triviality. The spontaneity trap explains why: Corrective… Continue reading

How to Limit Distraction and Feel in Control of Your Day

Everyone has priorities. For ineffective managers, it’s the next email, text, phone call, or person who walks through the door. Meaningful work requires a closed door. The person who always responds immediately to… Continue reading