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As time management is a crucial part of leadership, I would love if others shared some advice on “time management.” I have some big beliefs on time management in schools:
- If it is important (priority), you will make time for it.
- You should never look at doing more, but doing things better.
- For every thing you are willing to “add” to your plate, you need to take something off.
What are some of your thoughts/suggestions on effectively managing your time and the time of others in your school/organization?Time management, who has time for that? Well, I guess that I do. You see, I have been refining my time management skills for years. Here are a few of my practices, in no particular order, that seem to reap the most benefits.
- Everything goes into google calendar.
- My administrative assistant does almost all of my scheduling.
- Every appointment is set to give me an alert five minutes in advance. My phone beeps for each appointment (as long as I remembered to turn on the volume).
- I am learning to say no.
- I am learning to stay out of the things that I like, but are not Important. For example, when there is an exciting tech problem, I work hard to stay out of it. The IT/TI guy at school understands, when he starts to go into detail I give him the signal. Since we have talked about this at length, he understsands that this is not an insult - it is the opposite.
- Trust others to do their jobs. (See #5 above)
- Frequent reviews of my todo list. I can't follow GTD systems, but many of the precepts are helpful.
- I schedule things like visiting classrooms so that they happen more. I usually do the things on my calendar.
- I get tips and ideas about principal productivity from Justin Baeder at the Principal Center
- I spend a fair amount of energy creating and tweaking systems so that I do not have to do everything myself. Fortunately, the admin assistant at my school is awesome. She gets it.
Well, that is all that I have time for on this topic (joke intended ;).