The Secret to Effective Time Management

Leader Standard Work

Time Management: Check Your Symptoms

  • Do you often feel rushed for time? Time Management.png
  • Do you find yourself over-committed?
  • Do you suffer from hyper-active meeting attendance?
  • Do you spend hours a day sifting through emails?
  • Do you feel powerless against time?
  • Are you drowning in a never-ending to-do list?
  • Are you a victim of someone else’s agenda?
  • Do you have difficulty prioritizing your work?
  • Do you commonly experience disbelief when others find time for improvement work?

Time Management: Diagnosis

If you can relate one or more of the symptoms above, you may be experiencing chronic time management disorder, also known as acute busy-leader syndrome. If left untreated, this serious condition is likely to hinder your ability to experience career success.

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Time Management: Treatment

Step 1: Record your work in 15-30 minute increments for 3 consecutive days

Step 2: Analyze your work by determining what work is routine, what is non-routine, what is value-add, what is business-value-add and what is non-value-add. To learn how to distinguish between the different types of work, watch this video:

Step 3: Develop a plan to eliminate the non-value-add work and transform your non-routine work into standard work. Then, create visual management that will serve as a reminder and indicator to stick to your leader standard work. Helpful tip: Making your standard work visible to others will help hold you accountable!

For more on using Leader Standard Work to effectively manage your time, watch this video:

Time Management Side Effects:

Side effects may include: a brighter outlook, a sense of control, lowered stress levels, the ability to decline non-value add meetings, task prioritization, less firefighting and more continuous improvement work.

Time Management Warning:

Effects may be contagious. Do not use leader standard work if you do not intend check and readjust your plan on a continual basis.

Learn More:

To learn more about leader standard work and other important tactics used by lean leaders to overcome time management barriers, check out LeanCor’s Certified Online Lean Leadership Course at:

Or, take advantage of a complimentary 1 hour course on Creating Effective Lean Measurement Systems:

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