I have just finished presenting a teleconference on time management for managers and executives, titled “The Closed Door Policy. ” We talked about 11 reasons behind the widespread phenomenon of being chronically busy and a couple of dozens ways, neatly organized in three categories to get one’s life back.
Here are the reasons for so many people being in this pickle:
- You are a funnel. Nothing happens unless you know about it or have to give a go-ahead.
- Your choice of decision making approach is often incorrect.
- You lack adequate support structure (people, tools, processes)
- Your priorities are not clear: you either don’t know what to do next or everything is a priority. If everything is a priority, nothing is a priority.
- You believe that you need to constantly do “real work” because thinking and strategizing is not really work at all.
- You do things that don’t need to be done.
- There is a lack of trust between you and people around you: peers, subordinates and superiors.
- You constantly look for confirmation and consensus building where it is not required.
- You are holding on to your baggage of an expert (typical for an engineer who has been promoted to a manager).
- You cannot say “no” to anyone.
- You procrastinate.