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Mastering Time Management: Collective Wisdom from Community Leadership Core Members

by | Tue 9 Apr 2024

Time is a precious resource we all crave more of. In the relentless whirlwind of daily tasks and responsibilities, discovering effective time management strategies often feels like a quest for the Holy Grail. This challenge becomes even more pressing in the dynamic, fast-paced tech and leadership sectors. That’s why in our latest Community Leadership Core (CLC) deep dive, we tackled this challenge directly, pooling our collective wisdom to find practical time management hacks and resources that can significantly help.

Some of the ideas from our CLC members

The Ever-Shifting Sands of Prioritization

One theme that consistently emerged is the fluid nature of priorities. Many of us find that what demands our attention can change not just day-to-day, but hour-to-hour. Long-term planning turns into a puzzle, with pieces that shift and change shape. This variability underscores the importance of flexibility in our time management strategies.

Finding Time as a Team

Another insight was the challenge of carving out enough time for meaningful team collaboration. This is especially important in the early stages of forming a community or project group. The consensus is starting with a small time commitment and being ready to adjust as the scope of your goals—and the time to achieve them—expands.

Delegating: A Double-Edged Sword

Delegation was highlighted as a critical tool for freeing up time, yet it comes with its own set of challenges. Handing off responsibilities doesn’t always go smoothly, and finding the right balance between oversight and autonomy is key.

Tools and Techniques for the Time-Pressed

Our community members shared a wealth of strategies and tools they’ve found effective:

  • Asana for Project Management: A favorite for keeping projects and tasks organized, with the ability to assign due dates and responsibilities.
  • “Getting Things Done” by David Allen: A book that continues to be a foundational resource for managing tasks and decluttering the mind.
  • The PARA Method: A modern approach detailed in a recent book by Tiago Forte, emphasizing the use of digital tools for managing notes, tasks, and priorities.
  • Time Blocking and Task Tracking: Many of us are finding value in dedicating specific blocks of time to tasks and utilizing apps like Motion Calendar to keep track of the minutiae.

Innovative Solutions to Time-Old Problems

Our discussions also explored innovative solutions like AI-driven tools and physical desk timers for maintaining focus. The concept of “No Meeting Fridays” became popular as a way to secure large, uninterrupted time blocks for deep work.

Final Thoughts

What stands out from our deep dive is that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to time management. It’s about finding a mix of tools, techniques, and philosophies that resonate with your personal and professional rhythm. Equally important is staying adaptable, as today’s most effective strategy may need to change tomorrow.

..and there you have it. Our deep dive into time management is just one facet of the myriad activities we engage in at the Community Leadership Core. This investigation is part of our broader mission: providing hands-on coaching, training, and accountability. Our accelerator is designed to meet your organization’s needs, aiming to deliver clear, consistent results every quarter—with less stress and more satisfaction.

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