Managing Time As A Manager
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As a manager, your time is not yours- it’s someone else's. You have to make sure that they will respect your schedule, however you choose to organize your days.
This can be tricky at times. Because of this, you need to develop strategies for managing your time so that you don't spend too much time in front of the screen or meeting after meeting.
You also want to make sure that you're leaving enough time to truly focus on work and to handle any last minute tasks. Plus, you don't want to overwork yourself because then you'll end up taking sick leave or quitting!
There are several ways to manage your time as a leader, and this article will talk about some of them. Hopefully you'll find one or two things helpful for how you're spending your time right now and tips to improve upon those habits.
Make time for recreation
As a manager, you will need to give your colleagues a chance to learn about you. They will probably spend most of their time with you watching you work, so they will want to know what you do outside of work.
Running around after your job while in management is not very popular. People notice that you are never at home and it can make them wonder if you enjoy being there or not.
When was the last time you took a vacation? If you’re like many people, it has been a little bit more than six months! It’s important to take breaks away from work. You need to find something that makes you feel relaxed and refreshed.
That could be going to a movie, bowling, dancing, anything that makes you happy. Don’t worry about whether it's professional or not - taking part in any activity that makes you feel good is better than no activity at all.
Weekends are often hard because family commitments come first, but you should try to have some free time every day. Even an hour a day can make a big difference in how you feel about yourself and your life.
If you don't manage your time well, stress may cause health problems such as heart disease or diabetes.
Make time for work
As a manager, you need to make time for your job. You should never feel like you are too busy to do your job because of all the commitments that you have.
As a leader, you must set an example by showing up every day and being present in the office. Your staff will look up to you and trust you if they see you working hard and consistently.
They will expect the same level of effort from them. If you can’t find a way to allocate some time each week for professional development or leadership activities, then you should consider offering a flexible schedule so that people don’t have to constantly watch out for your time.
You would be surprised how many professionals cannot afford to not come into the workplace every day. They depend on their jobs for their livelihood and their families rely on them.
If you are able to carve out time each week to read business books, learn a new software package, meet with senior leaders about projects, etc., then do it! Don’t let perfect timing prevent you from developing your skills and achieving your career goals.
It is also important to remember that life doesn’t stay very happy for long. So when there are things such as holidays or vacations, take use those times to get something done on your “to-do” list.
A few years ago, there was a popular song that went something like “You had to lose yourself to find your self”. While this may sound dramatic or even philosophical, it can be hard to give up time for things you want to do if you are a busy person.
If you are in a position of authority, you have an obligation to set good examples for those under you. You should make time to do things you want to do because it will help you feel happier and more satisfied with what you are doing with your life.
It is important to recognize that being a leader means spending time outside of work. This could include going out with friends, practicing yoga, reading books you enjoy, listening to music, going to sports events, etc.
Whatever you choose to do, make sure it leaves you feeling relaxed and happy. Also remember that leadership opportunities are not limited to just your department or area – anyone can offer their services to lead a group of people.
Create a work schedule
As a manager, you must learn how to manage your time. You cannot expect people to trust you when you are not able to control your own time.
It is important to understand that your time is not yours- it belongs to your organization and its employees. You have a job to do and you need to make sure that everything related to your position is being done properly with the proper amount of efficiency and effectiveness.
That means no half-finished projects or memos left for later. You need to be aware of what needs to get done and when so that nothing gets overlooked.
You also need to be aware of what can be put off until later. There may be things that need to be addressed soon but which you could forget about temporarily, such as finding new hires who fit into the team culture.
By creating an effective time management system, you will know exactly where every bit of time goes. This will help you keep track of all the tasks at hand and find extra time to complete them once you realize there’s just one thing left over.
Commit to a work schedule
As a manager, you need to make sure that you understand how much time your employees have available for different things. This includes spending time with their families, being active in outside hobbies or sports teams, and maintaining relationships they already has.
If you are consistently finding out that people do not show up at the workplace every day, it may be because they don’t feel like they have enough time off to come back and spend time with their family or friends. They feel stressed about coming into the office every day and they want more time at home.
This can quickly turn into burn-out and lower productivity, which will only hurt your company. So, try to accommodate these commitments if someone doesn’t seem happy here.
Alternatively, if there is one particular person who isn’t making an effort to be around the team, then maybe it’s time to promote a less senior individual. Or ask those close to them whether they know of anyone else we could hire to take their place.
As a manager, you will need to manage your time every day. You can’t wait for things to happen, you have to make them happen. This could be achieving a goal or changing a habit that has been keeping you busy.
If someone is consistently bad at something, they should be given an opportunity to change. If a person is always early for work, they may benefit from being late one morning so that they must get ready and go later than usual.
By creating small changes like this every day, it adds up and is very effective. It takes about half an hour to achieve results so don’t spend hours trying to push through!
Be honest with yourself about how much time you really have and try not to overcommit. Plan daily routines and keep to them, even if you only have short amounts of time.
It also helps to recognize your good days more quickly and do different things after work depending on whether you are in a productive mood or not.
As a manager, you’ll need to manage your time spent working on projects. You will have to allocate your time between different areas, departments, people, and responsibilities within those groups.
It is important to know how much time each individual needs in order to complete their work. This can be done through conversations, reviews, and meetings.
By having these discussions, you’ll learn what deadlines individuals are meeting, if they are over or under-producing, and whether there are any internal barriers that may prevent them from completing their assignments.
If necessary, it is up to you as a leader to take action by changing positions, resources, or both.
As a manager, you will have to make many important decisions for your team. Decisions such as whether or not to give someone a chance, what tasks individuals should do, how much autonomy people need, and so on.
Making these decisions can be tricky because it is hard to know all of the factors involved. You may feel like you have done your best, but no matter what you did, their performance still didn’t improve enough for them to move up in the company.
As a leader, you must come to terms with the fact that sometimes things just don’t work out. It could be due to personal reasons, financial constraints, or simply because they are not cut out to be a part of the organization.
If this happens, try to look at the situation from their perspective and see if there is somewhere else they could go where they can get the same amount of career development opportunities.