Time Management in Multi-Project Environments

How to organise yourself and your time

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Rules

Time Management begins with setting rules. You need to structure your day to allow you to be in control of your time. Expecting that you can only be reactive and, at the same time, be very efficient is not realistic. The aspect of rules is crucial for the leadership team to know. When Senior Leaders expect to walk into any room, meeting or group to then expect that immediately their ideas, wishes, and tasks are by definition the number one priority, this behaviour is the end of any good time management concept.

Organisation

Time Management is never a skill you can do in your department only (except when you have no connections to other departments in your organisation). Once you can find a time management concept that sustainably works, include any other part of the organisation. Collaboration and communication are essential parts of finding a system that does not only work for a couple of weeks. You need to implement a concept which becomes part of the organisation’s culture.

Personal Needs

Do not become part of the team of dinosaurs who still claim that “your private life has nothing to do with work” or who think that “you need to sort your private problems out outside work”. For decades we are talking about the Work-Life-Balance already. Allow your team members to address personal issues and adapt as much as possible to your time management system at work. The results will be higher motivation, a lower employee turnover, and higher productivity, which immediately positively impacts your organisation’s bottom line. A positive side effect will also be that your employer brand will profit from it.

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Niels Brabandt

Niels Brabandt is in business since 1998. Helping managers to become better leaders by mastering the concept of Sustainable Leadership. Based in Spain & London.