Time

Time, or lack of it, is one of the main issues that are constantly being debated, both when it comes to work as well as private life. Many speak of work-life harmony, but how can one achieve this balance if there aren’t enough hours in the day for work alone?

Earlier on this week Performance Coach and Leadership Trainer Karl Grech took to social media to debate time constraints in a working day, and argued that eight hours are more than enough to do whatever it is we need to do.

Karl Grech
Karl Grech / LinkedIn

“If you feel that eight hours are not enough, you’re probably not focusing on the things that matter,” Mr Grech wrote as he proceeded to suggest a four-tier matrix which enables users to split tasks based on their urgency and importance.

“This matrix will help you navigate through your endless list of tasks and classify each of them, so that you can take the right action,” he advised.

Another aspect highlighted in the matrix that Mr Grech shared is that business leaders need to differentiate, first and foremost, between tasks that can be eliminated and those which need to be dealt with. “Eliminate every time waster and trivial task,” he recommended.

Time Management Matrix / LinkedIn

Once this is done, the tasks which remain to be dealt with should further be divided into three categories.

This is where business leaders must understand the power of delegation. “Invest some time teaching someone in your team how to do unimportant and time-consuming tasks,” he suggested.

If a task cannot be delegated, it must somehow be managed. Once again this is where urgency comes into play. For example, if there is an emergency, then it must be tackled immediately, as opposed to other tasks which could be postponed because they might require more concentration or further research.

When it comes to taming the time monster, it is often also a question of fitting the right task into the correct time slot, and Mr Grech believes that this is certainly possible.

Mr Grech is a Performance Coach and Trainer who has gathered extensive experience in the field of Training and Development over the years having worked for household names such as StreetHR, The General Soft Drinks Company Ltd, ZAAR Crowdfunding Malta, Hilton Malta, Malta Tourism Authority and JCI, where he also served as Director between 2012 and 2014.

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