Time Management is something most of us claim to either have mastered or are completely useless at. Some signs are, being perpetually running late for meetings, not able to schedule, so on & forth. Over the years passing thru these phases & watching a bunch of friends & colleagues namely R. Sriram; Soeb Fatehi; Sunil Sheth; Hemant Gajjer; Devangshu Datta to name a few have managed to change myself to a greater extent, more importantly becoming adept at managing time most of the days —
1 I have an open door policy, but do not hesitate to tell people when it is not so. (particularly in India & more so for the young turks who consider it an easy access once they are invited to call you by your first name)
2 I do not overbook especially when in office. When travelling, also keep a bit of free time that can be used for squeezing in that vital meeting, coffee break, shopping, sight seeing whatever…
3 I have stopped planning too many things at one go. Because I know & accept that not everyone moves at my speed.
4 I now Prioritize ruthlessly.
5 I have learnt to say NO
6 Accept that it will always not be perfect.
7 Delegate & share the load – simplify things & at times share the load.
8 Always negotiate with my employers for down time that is a must – No 24/7 for me.
9 And above all slow down, things turn out much better.