IT Best Practices

6 Ways Tech Leaders Can Take Charge of Their Time

Taking your time back is really another way of saying that you are pushing other people away. This does not have to be a bad thing either. No one knows better than you how precious your time is. In an article for TechRepublic, Mary Shacklett shares six basic ways you can take charge of your time:

  1. Eliminate digital noise.
  2. Meet for results.
  3. Block out personal time.
  4. Focus on nonverbal listening.
  5. Plan for interruptions.
  6. Use dashboards.

Time for You

Digital noise consists of common devils: social media, email, and text messages. (I received a Skype message on my phone while typing that sentence.) If you stop to address every message you receive, it can really cut into productivity. Discipline yourself and come up with a strategy for only acknowledging the genuinely important communications while you work.

And about the even more common devil of endless, useless meetings, Shacklett shares this tip:

Before entering a meeting, take a few minutes to identify the results that you want to achieve from the meeting. If you are leading the meeting, communicate to other participants what you expect the meeting to achieve and develop a tight agenda that you introduce to the group before the meeting commences so everyone can stay on track. This positions you for productive gains from the time commitment you are about to make.

Try to block out at least one hour of each workday where you will not be interrupted by anyone. This is the time to do your best strategic thinking. All the same, do plan for some interruptions. Never fill your itinerary for the day as densely as you can, so that there is always space left over to accommodate unexpected surprises.

As someone in IT, you do not need to be told the value of your dashboards. Use them well to keep abreast of developments. And lastly, if you really want to know how people feel about a given decision or project, talk to them directly. It will give you the opportunity to pick up on visual cues about their feelings that would be lost over electronic communication.

You can view the original article here: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/tech-leaders-here-are-six-ways-to-take-charge-of-your-time/

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