I’m becoming very bullish on time (and project) management.
At work – and I suppose in life in general – it is easy to fall into a state of just getting by. Between work, familial responsibilities, errands, and our unfortunate need for 7-9 hours of sleep it is easy to feel there just isn’t enough time for anything else.
In actuality, however, you have time all around you. There are little breaks in the day; 15 minutes of downtime at work, the couple of hours you spend unwinding in the evenings, the extra 30 minutes you sleep in the morning hitting the snooze button…
If you make something of every free moment there are opportunities for growth all around you. As designer Karen X. Cheng writes on how she learned to dance in a year:
Here’s my secret: I practiced everywhere. At bus stops. In line at the grocery store. At work — Using the mouse with my right hand and practicing drills with my left hand. You don’t have to train hardcore for years to become a dancer. But you must be willing to practice and you better be hungry.
…I’ll close by bringing this back to a work focus: Great time management is one of the foundations of good project management. If you can conquer time – really conquer it – your entire world will open up.
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