As mentioned in the previous Blog posts in this Series, expectations are higher than ever, especially when you are a leader, and everyone feels that they do not have enough time to do the things that make them truly effective.
In this Blog series, I will outline the 4 steps you can take to reverse this feeling and provide you with the opportunity to become a highly effective leader in less than 10 minutes a day.
If you have missed the previous Blog posts in this Series, you can access them here.
Step 3: The Notion of Time
The number one reason people give me for not becoming a truly effective leader is "time". They believe that it will take a significant amount of time to become a truly effective leader and they do not seem to find the time to dedicate themselves to achieving this goal. Time is one of the most precious commodities at the moment and nearly everyone experiences an increasing demand on the time they have available in their lives.
The interesting thing about this is that people's perception of the time they have available to focus on the things they want to do is entirely out of sync with the time they actually have available to themselves.
The Power of Focus
The main reason why this is happening is because people do not understand how "focus" drives time, not time itself.
There has been a lot written about how to manage time effectively, and most of what has been written has some merit but does not solve the underlying issue. Being able to use your time more effectively does not necessarily guarantee that you are able to free up time for yourself. It creates space for new demands to take up this newly available time.
Tony Robbins addresses this issue in a way that actually frees up your time in order to focus on the things that you want to focus on, those things that bring you joy and fulfilment.
He talks about focus as the main contributing factor of time. Depending on what you focus on, you will use the time available in order to achieve whatever it is that you have set out to accomplish.
If you focus on things which are either not important and not urgent, or on things which are not important but urgent, you will use up all of your time on things which are not serving you or your needs. Other people's demands will take up most, if not all of your time if you are not being careful, no matter how effective you are in freeing up additional time.
So the question becomes: "What will you do with your time once you have been able to free up some of this valuable commodity?"
The Power of Leverage
Leverage the things you can in order to free up time for yourself. An example I always use is housework, i.e. cleaning, ironing, gardening, etc. If you are able to let other people perform these tasks for you, the tasks that are not really serving your desire to do the things you want to do, you will be able to free up an enormous amount of time to focus on the things that are important to you.
There are many other examples, both at work and at home that will provide you with the opportunity to focus on the things which are important to you. Understanding that focus and not the demands of others drives your time allocation, is an essential first step to creating the time you need to focus on becoming a truly effective leader.
Find out for yourself
As a quick exercise, check how much time you have spent over the past week on things which were either urgent or not that urgent but not important to what you want to do in life. Once you understand the percentage of time you spend in these two categories, you understand that you do not need to spend so much time here.
Finding someone who can guide you through the various ways in which you can free up the time needed to become a truly effective leader is the ultimate and most effective way to make this happen.
In the next post in this blog series, I will provide you with insights into defining the level of urgency to start focusing on becoming the leader you truly want to be and what the cost would be of you doing nothing.