There are videos and teachings galore on this topic, mostly regarding goal setting and time tracking. We at Executive Advantage want to offer another perspective on time management that you might not get from other sources. Following are some of the “big rock” priorities that will make a difference in your life and career.
Make your spouse (or special person) a priority. I’ve never known a spouse who wanted to be a second class priority in a relationship. Even our Russian friends know the statement, “If Mama’s not happy, ain’t nobody happy!” Setting a once a week date night is a perfect way to keep the sparkle in your relationship, and it allows the two of you to function as a team.
Make your children a priority. Remember Cat Stevens “Cat and the Cradle”? Make your kids a priority, or they’ll fall into the same trap. Coaching is a good way to connect. Reading a book together or doing a project might be just the ticket to a stronger relationship. Time with kids early in life is time well spent in later years.
Make learning a priority. It stimulates your brain and keeps your mind sharp. Consider taking a 15 min read break, audio learning tapes, or even a monthly lunch & learn.
Make your employees a priority. This activity is perhaps the best use of time at work. Everyone wants to hear they’re appreciated and wanted. Your best employees will want to see where they and the company are making progress.
Make friends a priority. Gotta have a life or you will get cranky. Good professional friends help you keep perspective. Having breakfast on a Saturday is one tip I use to keep in touch with friends.
Make serving others a priority. Service clubs are a good way to do this priority– Rotary for me (Bob). But an attitude of service is also a good attitude for your individual interactions during the workday.
Make your spiritual life a priority. This A#1 priority has carried Bob through a number of personal crises that could have caused him to crash.
Executive Advantage challenges our friends to make these a part of your weekly agendas for a month and then report back their results. Have a great life.