You cannot manage time; it flies by out of control, whether you want it to or not. You can, however, manage yourself - your actions, your behaviors, your habits. Yes, it’s tough to change, to use new tools, and to be patient for it all to work. Start with one new change every two weeks and give it time to work:
1. Tackle The Important Stuff - Spend Friday afternoon or Sunday evening laying out your week in front of you. If what you have on your calendar and to-do list does not help you reach your long-term goals, determine if it’s worth your time. Then, first thing each day, write down three to five things you must accomplish that day. If your list is too long and unrealistic, you won’t feel accomplished.
2. Develop Your Teammates - Good employees want to grow or they’ll leave you. Sit down with each teammate and find out their goals and aspirations and give them tasks and responsibilities that help them develop their skills, even if it's outside of your department. If you delegate some of your responsibilities, come up with a plan for “check-ins” and don’t seek perfection.
3. Focus On One Thing at A Time - Multitasking when trying to do the important work is not good for you or anyone around you. Focus on one of your important tasks that you must accomplish that day and notice how many times you get off track and check your email, or look at your phone. It helps if you take notifications off your computer and put your phone in a drawer so you can focus on one thing at a time.
Leading should be fun and rewarding, rather than a drag and a chore. See yourself as a role model to those around you and help your teammates grow to be the best they can be.
If you have a few more minutes, check out:
Tools and Apps for 2018 from LifeHack - 5 minutes to review, longer to check out the apps.
Awesome At Your Job Podcast - Achieving Hyperfocus - 57 minutes. Perfect during a workout or commute to work. (This is where multi-tasking is OK. Just don't look at your phone while driving!)