In The Big Leap, Gay Hendricks taught me about Einstein time. Hendricks shares that with Einstein time, time comes from within us, so we can make as much of it as we want. That’s very different from the Newtonian time model in which time is fixed and we are all struggling against it.
This is a huge shift in thinking for most people. But I can attest to you that if you bring this into your consciousness, it works. When I am rushing around, sure that I am going to be late for an appointment, I think about Einstein time, and remind myself aloud that there is plenty of time and that I will arrive on time. And I do!
Time Management Tips for Managers
Does that mean I can just goof off until the last minute, and then magically be where I want when I want? No. It does mean that if we are smart with our time, we will have enough of it. Let’s face it, we all do so many things that are truly time-wasters. Here are three. See if any of these hit home for you:
- Relying on mental notes. Failing to commit things to some sort of formal calendar or “to do” system can ultimately create confusion and even chaos. Trying to hold everything in your head bogs down your clarity, accuracy, and efficiency.
- Conducting frantic searches for mislaid items. Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like when I do get in a hurry, my car keys disappear or that one thing I really have to have to do the job gets up and plays hide and seek. There’s a lot to be said for “a place for everything,” but also for taking a deep breath and causing yourself to focus.
- Insisting on perfection. This can be a killer. There comes a point in productivity where “good enough is good enough.” When we go beyond that in search of absolute perfection, we give up time that could be used on the next task or project.
What time-wasters could you do without to make yourself more productive?