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Time Management (Insert Laughing-So-Hard-You-Cry Emoji Here!)

Oct 15, 2018
By: Tammy T. Jelinek

There are time management books, videos, seminars, trainings — you get the picture. Some of them are great and have super-helpful suggestions. Some of them are “meh” and not too helpful. There really isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach because everyone is different.

And yes, even I have offered numerous presentations to teams and coaching sessions to individuals, helping them to try to do more with less time.

Here are a few of my favorites. Maybe you can discover one or two nuggets you will find helpful:

ACTION: When are you most awake, energetic and productive – 6 a.m. to noon; noon to 6 p.m.; 6 p.m. to midnight; midnight to 6 a.m.? Seriously, when? I’ll wait while you decide.

  •  If it’s morning, do your most daunting tasks when you are most energetic. For example, if meetings drain you, have them in the morning when you will be active and engaged and make meaningful contributions — especially with clients.
  • If it’s midnight to 6 a.m., I sure hope you have a career that allows you those hours to be your best because, if not, I bet you are tired and frustrated a lot.

ACTION: Now write down the top five things you do in your career that give you the most energy and excitement and/or make you feel accomplished or proud. Don’t think too hard — just choose the five you think of first. Got them? Great!

  •  If you are a noon to 6 p.m. person, do these tasks during your lower-energy time, since these tasks automatically give you energy.

You can’t match every meeting with every person, but if you know that most of your team members are morning people — and you always have brainstorming meetings or problem-solving meetings in the afternoon — think of what you could be missing!

If you have time management/saving tips, please share them!

Wishing you a great day, and remember:  Lead with legacy.


Tammy Jelinek has over 20 years of experience in working in and with fabulous organizations. This blog will explore what it’s like for her to lead as a woman, as a GenXer, and as a person who truly wants to lead with legacy—meaning she wants to walk her talk. Tammy has presented training nationally across the United States, built businesses, coached amazing people and built a career in the squiggliest path known to man…or in this case, woman. She has a passion for being curious, helping people and making actions happen.

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