Learn what a time management style is and how it relates to your own productivity system.
- Time management style is perhaps easiest to understand with the metaphor of a car. A productivity system like my Time Management Fundamentals course is simply a vehicle. It helps you get from point A to point B. It has the necessary things that you need, wheels, a seat, gasoline, in order to have a productive day. Your style, on the other hand, is how you make adjustments to that vehicle. How do you move the seat? How do you change the mirror? What things do you need to do to make yourself comfortable and as productive as possible so that you get to your destination faster and easier? In my years of working with people, I've found that there are 10 distinct time management styles.
Each person has some combination of two or so of these styles in their day. I'm going to help you discover which two of these 10 styles best match how you approach work, but let me caution you to avoid the temptation to think of these styles as personality tests. While personality assessments do have their value, we're viewing things from a productivity standpoint. Everyone views productivity a little bit differently. Understanding what makes work meaningful to you gives you clues about how to make adjustments in your time management system.
For example, if I'm someone who likes to check things off lists and get a lot done, then I'm going to want to alter my time management system for efficiency and checking things off the list. If, however, my time management style is to focus more on people, then I'll want to adjust my expectations about how long things are going to take, because I'm going to need more time to communicate with others. Neither of these things is right or wrong. They're just different styles.
Your style is a result of the intersection of two things: first, your desire for variety versus consistency, and second, how you define victory or success at the end of each day. And once you understand your tendency toward variety and consistency and how you define daily success, you will have clues that help you determine your style. Once you determine your style, we can custom fit your journey so that your workday is both comfortable and productive.
- Modify your time management system to suit your style.
- Use the variety-consistency assessment to discover your time management style.
- Adapt your time management system to suit the needs of your team.
- Show coworkers how to discover their time management style.
- Evaluate your language to collaborate more effectively.