We work in ecosystems where people and processes create unique and not replicable dynamics; in other words, what characterizes the life and the culture of an organization is completely different from what characterizes another one. In order to being able to understand the environment and perform your tasks you need to balance your efforts between different dimensions. These aspects are technical ones (skills, tasks to be completed, your career progression), social (your team, the relationships with the business) and the political dynamics (relationship between teams, your manager). You need to find your balance while you manage your time.
Your time is critical to complete your tasks and matching your job’s responsibilities; however, you need to invest time in thinking about your career and your competencies. Time for yourself
It might be trivial to say but your time is the resource that vanishes and you can’t recover. Additionally, your time is a dimension that you cannot completely manage at work. Why? Your time is managed and influenced by the business’ priorities, the demands of your manager, unexpected events and your team’s needs . Let’s say that in most cases you do not manage your time, you try to optimise it. Due to this fact you have to learn to respect the time that you have; however, optimising your time does not mean stressing it in order to rush your tasks. It is fundamental to think about the quality of your work and the time that it is needed for your job.
One of the biggest organizational problems is that often there is a lack of respect of other people time. Are organizations ready to facilitate the balance between personal, team and process time management? I do not think so. How many times happens to you to work with a colleague who asks for a meeting that ends with a 5 minutes chat? Or, when a process could be optimized but due to the logic of “we have always done like this” you waste precious time? In how many meetings you sit that are actually the update of last meeting and work to program the next one? I think we can list an endless list of examples where our time is threatened by the lack initiative, autonomy and entrepreneurship of other people or the organization setup.
When organizations and individuals will begin to be include as one of the main values the respect of the time, your organization will mature.