I remember reading Covey’s book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. I had never worked through a book like this, and in 1991, this was revolutionary for me. I was working as a Pastor, I had a young family, I was going to grad school, and I was trying to figure out what I was going to do with my life.
One aspect of the book was called “Quadrant II Leadership“, and the conversation was around time management and trying to figure out was truly “important”, “urgent” and “not urgent”. Up to that time, I thought that I had to do everything that came at me, and I didn’t understand the idea of taking care of myself, and choosing to spend time on areas that were more proactive and enduring, instead of living in the crisis of everyday life.
Now, 25 years later, I’m still learning about time leadership. While I’ve been able to put Covey’s principles to work in my life over these years, I still struggle with it. This is why I’m always talking about it, teaching it, reminding people of it, and working through it. The more I talk about it, the more it inches into my life.
For the past couple of years, I’ve been a part of The Masters Program.
Bob Shank teaches in The Masters Program (www.mastersprogram.org) that it’s not about “time management” but about “time leadership”.
He talks about the fact that many of us manage our day by looking at our time available, and we try to get as much done as we can get done in the allotted time.
The time leadership piece is that instead of just using our time, we need to “allocate” our time, and focus our time on 3 things: That “buffer” time, which is just the time to get things done. “Focus” time, this is time that is set apart for important projects, priorities and goal oriented tasks. “Sabbath” time is ordained by God and it’s our rest and restorative time.
Time Leadership and Time Allocation change the way we manage our lives. Instead of just trying to get it all done, we set time apart for the things that are most important, and we let some other things fall that are less important.
If you want to learn more about time leadership and so many other topics taught in the 3 year Masters Program, I encourage you to visit their website and consider diving in. It’s a great process of growth, evaluation and community.
These 2 tools (Covey’s Seven Habits Book and Shank’s Masters Program) have been used to shape me, push me, remind me and teach me.
If you’re struggling, as I do, with the “management” of your time, there are some great tools available to help you. These are 2, and there are many others.
Don’t be a prisoner.
Once you realize what’s it’s like to live your life by using “time leadership” instead of “time management”, you’ll never go back.
What can you do TODAY to change your perspective?
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