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Issue 22: Effective Time Management Techniques

June 10, 20242 min read

Issue 22: Effective Time Management Techniques

"Time management is not a peripheral activity or skill. It is the core skill upon which everything else in life depends."

-Brian Tracy

Welcome to our twenty-second edition!

Time management is always important but as we wind down the first half of the year (yeah, I know!), it becomes even more important if we want to make the second half of the year really count - whether that's being more productive or feeling less stressed. Here are three strategies to help you and your team manage time more effectively and maybe even make up for lost time!

5-MINUTE STRATEGY

Mastering Time Management as a Team

  • Strategy 1: Prioritize Tasks Using the Eisenhower Matrix

    Teach your team how to use the Eisenhower Matrix, a decision-making and prioritization tool I broke down in a past issue. Have a quick team session where everyone lists their tasks and categorizes them into four quadrants: urgent and important, important but not urgent, urgent but not important, and neither urgent nor important.  Decide what to keep, delegate, and postpone.

  • Strategy 2: Set Clear, Achievable Goals

    Encourage your team to set specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART) goals, in particular those that line up with shared priorities. Have a brief discussion where each team member shares one SMART goal they have for the week, and provides a quick update on the prior week's goal. 

  • Strategy 3: Implement Time Blocking

    Introduce the concept of time blocking, where specific blocks of time are dedicated to particular tasks or activities. Encourage team members to block out their calendars for focused work periods and share their schedules with the team for accountability.

  • BONUS: Set up a "no meetings" block so everyone has protected time!

Why this matters:

Effective time management makes us more productive and organized, helps us stay clear about our objectives and priorities, and bottom line, makes us less stressed. By implementing these strategies individually and as a team, you foster a culture of accountability and support that benefits everyone. Imagine... a more peaceful, aligned team!

Next week's preview

Next week, we’ll explore the power of effective delegation. Learn how to delegate tasks efficiently to empower your team and free up your time for higher-level responsibilities.

Until our next issue, practice these time management techniques with your team and see the positive impact on productivity and morale.

Go out there and lead,

Asia

PS: Ready to master time management and boost productivity? Schedule a consultation to discover how I can help you and your team work smarter.

Time managementProductivityStress reductionTeam strategiesEisenhower MatrixSMART goalsTime blockingTeam productivityGoal settingEffective delegation
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Asia Bribiesca-Hedin

Asia Bribiesca-Hedin, MBA, MPA, CPC, CPCC, Principal Coach and CEO of Bridgewell LLC Professional Services

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