Time is one of those things as a leader that often slips from our grip. We come in early, and we stay late, yet there is still a string of emails that have not been responded to, papers on our desks that need our attention and people that want their own piece of our time.
Here are a couple of tips for you to try to get a grasp on it.
1) Remember that it is your choice how you spend your time. I know, I know, it can feel like others pull you and the work dictates what you do however ultimately you are in control.
2) Choose how you spend your time by consciously deciding what you are going to do and don't let anything get in your way. It's the same willpower you use to say no to the piece of chocolate cake or that pushes you to work out. If you say you are going to ignore emails and work on a report at 11:00, do it.
3) Acknowledge that little things that seem to "waste" our time are actually important things to be spending time on. Chatting with an employee about their holiday is key to relationship building. Taking a 15 minute walk around the block helps to clear your mind and have you come back to your work refreshed.
Being consciously aware of how you spend your time rather than worrying about not having enough of it will have you feeling less stressed and more in control.
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