In the busy world of work, Time Management is a skill that gets a lot of attention.
Take the Time Management Quiz
and see if it’s a strength or a challenge for you?
If Time Management is a Strength you are likely to:
- have the capacity to estimate how much time you have to get things done
- have a sense that time is important and allocate your time effectively
- be efficient and methodical
- consistently stay within time limits and deadlines
- be able to accurately estimate how long something will take you
- juggle tasks to get the most important tasks done first
If Time Management is a Challenge you are likely to:
- have difficulty meeting deadlines
- run late, not start on time or both, when you run meetings
- consistently underestimate how long things take and not get half of what you planned to done
- know that you can get somewhere by a certain time, but never make it on time
If Time management is a challenge for you, don’t despair!
Traditionally if you found this skill challenging you would attend training until you mastered it, because Time Management is something you can work on until you do improve and there are great resources to help you improve your Time Management skills.
There is also another approach to this…
Time Management is one of 12 Executive Skills we all possess.
Chuck Martin, Richard Guare and Peg Dawson co-authored the book ‘Work your Strengths; A scientific process to identify your skills and match them to the best career for you.’
Martin and his co-authors suggest that we typically have two or three strengths and two or three weaknesses within the 12 skills.
Therefore, if you identify your strengths and weaknesses, and work in roles that rely most on your strengths, not your weaknesses, you’ll be much more in flow with your work and be less stressed and happier at work. Hence if you are weak on Time Management, avoid jobs that are heavily dependent on Time Management, instead find work that highlights and relies mostly on your strengths.
A good reason to avoid jobs that rely to highly on your weaker skills is that when you are stressed and under pressure your weakest Executive Skills will fail first.
The 12 Executive Skills
- Response Inhibition
- Working Memory
- Emotional control
- Sustained Attention
- Task Initiation
- Time Management
- Goal-Directed Persistence
- Stress Tolerance
To learn more about the 12 Executive Skills read the book: ‘Work your Strengths; A scientific process to identify your skills and match them to the best career for you.’