It’s not until you run a business that you really understand the meaning of “time is money”.
We’ve all been in situations when we wished there were more hours in a day—when 5 extra minutes meant reaching the end of that surreal dream; and 2 extra seconds made the difference between passing and failing your final exam.
Unfortunately, “extra time” is nothing more than a myth in the corporate world.
Within the confines of a workplace, the days are shorter; the nights, longer. Each passing moment indicates an opportunity won or lost, as the rhythmic tick-tock of the office clock echoes the ominous words: “The hour is upon you (so you better make it quick)!”
The Principles of Working Smart
You can have the greatest, most dynamic team of employees working for you, but without a clear and focused approach to managing them, you may as well work with meager resources on an abysmal budget.
Time management is a useful skill to have in your personal and professional life. And if you enter the corporate race without timing yourself and tracking your performance, you’re likely to be the last one to reach the finish-line.
Let’s look at 3 major reasons why your business suffers from poor time-management:
1. You’re can’t handle multiple responsibilities.
You don’t need to be superhuman to multitask, or meet multiple objectives in a brief window of time. Unfortunately, people who are unable to track time, not only lack efficiency and focus, but prove unfit to handle more complex projects and unforeseen challenges.
2. You resist change.
When you get used to working under lax conditions, the slightest deviation from the norm can rattle you. Efficient time-management gives you the flexibility to tackle new challenges and come up with new and innovative ways of doing the same thing.
3. You lose top talent.
Poor time management is synonymous with poor employee management. Your company is composed of a diverse team of talents, and if you have the best workforce, you must give them incentive to stick around, using the best management strategies. This means tracking their individual performance, and setting goals that are challenging, yet achievable, for each member of your organization.
Ultimately, time is a valuable resource in business—the supply is limited, and the demand is perpetually high.