Everyone wins with time management
We all have busy lives – both at work and at home. But it’s important to realize you are not the only person in the world with demands on their time. When there are meetings to attend, emails to answer and jobs to get done, it is important to live up to our Values:
We live our Code of Values by responding in a timely fashion.
In the working world, timeliness demonstrates your respect for your peers and customers. Responding to others in a timely fashion will no doubt earn you reciprocating action and mutual respect. And in a business where every second counts, we will get more work accomplished when we use our time wisely.
This applies to our personal lives as well. Making the most of our minutes every day will reward us in the end. Completing the tasks at hand, rather than putting them off for another day, will allow you more spare time and leave you feeling stress-free.
On those days when your schedule is jam packed, there is little time left for waiting on others. Be it to arrive, to call you back, respond to an email, etc. When you already have quite a bit on your plate that needs tending to, frustration can build when the person you have been waiting on was using your time for their personal needs. If this “time waster” is you, then take into account how the individual on the delayed end feels. Put yourself in his or her shoes. If you are going to be late, the least you can do is let the person know.
This courteous gesture will allow the other party time to perform additional tasks before you are available.
Valuing another’s time by making good use of your own will strengthen relationships with anyone who is affected. Responding in a timely fashion shows that you are a team player and customer service oriented.
ACTION: William Penn, scholar and founder of Pennsylvania, said “Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” Think about that phrase and how you can apply it to your professional and personal lives.
Remember, responding in a timely fashion never goes out of style.