Use "Mind Management" not "Time Management" to Get More Done



"Focusing on mind management has a significant impact on workplace effectiveness"

What if you could save accumulated minutes to find hours during the week,  how would you use that extra time? 

In our “get’er done now” world of limited resources, it’s time to come at the problem of managing time from a completely different perspective.

Finding tiny moments of lost time are the key to getting more done. Sure you will have your list of things you want to accomplish each day. But that presupposes that what is on your list needs to be there. So lets get deeper with things.

Look for lost minutes

You’re deep into a project when you hear your email go off, you look up absentmindedly and see that it’s from someone you have not got along with lately.  Annoyed, you read the email and interpret it as “snarky”, and spend the next couple of minutes formulating your response.  Lost minutes: 3

As you don’t want to be too impetuous, you let it sit on the screen as you read it over. Lost minutes: 2

As you are ruminating over the email you received, you suddenly hit <send>, which you instantly regret. The guilt and other emotions that you have tied up, mean that getting back to work takes a little time. Say 5 minutes

Total time so far: 10 minutes.  That is ten minutes you will never get back simply because you perceived an email poorly. Your mind got the better of you. This of course doesn’t happen every day, but other situations do arise where your mind either helps or hinders.

The email sits in the back of your mind as you try and refocus on your project. You eventually do return to your original task, but it takes time. Say another couple of minutes.

I shared this story with a VP of Sales the other day, he said I was being kind and little too conservative with the time, he has taken emails home  with him and stewed on them all night. I appreciated his honesty.

So if you want to save minutes to find hours here is what to do:

Change your perception and find time

Make sure you see what is going on around you clearly and accurately. As the story shows, there is a connection between misperception of a situation and time.

Change your thinking and find time

Believe it or not, but a thought takes time. Sometimes poor thinking can distract you and disconnect you from what you are doing, wasting more time. This is easily demonstrated if you are in discussion with someone and you get lost in a thought, requiring that you ask them to repeat themselves. You wasted time, they wasted time, and you slowed down the message being communicated.

Stay present and connected to others, and the situation

The bottom line is that by staying in the moment you get more done. Your mind can focus efficiently which translates into effective behaviours and performance improves.

The end result

People who practice this report having more time at the end of the week for activities and for others who are important to them. 

Focusing on mind management has a significant impact on workplace effectiveness.


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