Thinking About Time Management Differently

May 19, 2015 Brian Beattie

Time has become an interesting topic in business today. Time has become a commodity, something that we can gain or lose, that can be “spent” and can be “lost”. We can “earn time” and we can “waste time”.

With this mindset, it is easy to see why time management seems to be a hot topic and struggle for businesses and their employees. A heavy workload joined with a heavy desire to enjoy personal time, family time, and exercise regularly has made today’s workers some of the busiest! The overwhelming feeling that there is too much to do and not enough time to do it in is a very common problem. Although it is impossible to truly gain more time, we can restructure the way we think about time management to relieve stress and encourage innovation.

Why is time management important?

Just as many companies recognize the importance of where they are spending their money, it is equally as important to recognize where you are spending your time. Knowing what is important to you and where you spend your time can help you evaluate your priorities.

However, you won’t be finding a list of “top ten time management techniques” here. Rather, I will supply you with one piece of advice from my experience:

In general, we tend to schedule too much.

There will always be a lot to do, and it is impossible to schedule in everything. So it is important to recognize the things which are the most important and to schedule them well in advance. For example, we focus heavily on talent management reviews to ensure that our leaders are in the right positions to move the company forward. I make sure that I have scheduled time for these reviews well in advance as they are extremely important to myself and to our company.

Many time management techniques include the use of to-do lists and time blocking schedules. While these trick can be useful and are important, I think it is also important to recognize the most pressing matters and to focus on those. Constantly scheduling, making do-do-lists and time blocking can take away from creativity and innovation, two things which are very important to us at Volaris.

Your Turn

Are you inspired to think about time management differently? What do you think about time as a commodity? Let us know in the comments below and like and share with us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

About the Author

Brian Beattie

Brian Beattie is the Chief Financial Officer at Volaris Group. Besides overseeing the financial health of the company, he works closely with Volaris’ legal and M&A team on all new acquisitions. Brian is an expert on every stage of the M&A process – from sending out the non-disclosure agreement to executing the sales purchase agreement.

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