“I’d be a better leader if I just had more time”
I have worked with thousands of aspiring leaders; managers that want to be more influential, but don’t have the time to be.
It’s not as if it’s not important to them, it’s just that everything else is getting in the way and they simply don’t have time to do the ‘non urgent leadership stuff’.
The answer is simple. Become more organised, more productive and manage time better. That way, you will be able to do all of your operational stuff in less time, creating time for you to focus on leading.
Better time management requires two things – a system, and discipline. Here is a proven system that I have taught to thousands. It works. The discipline? That’s up to you!
BOPAD – funny name, big results.
1. Brain Dump: Take a clean sheet of paper. Write down every detail, deadline, task, commitment that you can think of. Don’t stop until there’s nothing more coming.
2. Organise: Rewrite the items under logical headings eg Clients, Admin, Follow Up etc.
3. Prioritise: All things are not equal. Identify the highest priority items.
4: Allocate: Open your diary or calendar. Allocate time for you to complete the highest priority tasks.
5: Do: There should be no doubt about what you need to do – you have identified the most important tasks and made time to do them. Just do it!