Learning Your Time Management Style
is Key to Conquering Overwhelm

Imagine for a moment the case of two project managers in a company.  

The first is known for her promptness and punctuality.  She has a list of items that need to be done and she is not shy about doling out assignments.  She checks in with them several times a day to monitor their progress and makes it known that she is pleased when they are on time or not pleased when they are not following her idea of the schedule.  She is convinced her plan will work if everyone works on her project until they are finished.

The second is known for her intuition and finesse.  She has the end result in mind and knows what she wants the project to look like so she chooses the workers for the projects that have the same vision she does.  She tells them what she wants done, but they must work out the details and get them back to her by the deadline.  She does not check on them because she has told them what she wants and she is busy with another project.  She is convinced that her plan will work because she has given the assignments and the workers can be trusted.

Now, I am not here to talk about management styles.  Though in both of these scenarios, I can think of a number of details that need to be changed for both managers.

But we are looking at their time management style. 

Knowing our personal time management style is essential
when learning to manage ourselves, our schedules and our time.

We must ask ourselves questions such as how we approach a project, how we work best or how long can we focus.  Because when you determine your particular style for managing time, then you realize that one size does not fit all.  And then you can fit any time managment tips, strategies and advice to your particular style.

There are two basic styles of time management - Task Oriented and Process Oriented.  They are both illustrated above in that order.  Neither of them is a better way of managing time, (though I may have made the first sound heavy-handed), they are just different.

People of each type need to learn how to first manage their own time.  Then they must learn to recognize other's style and learn how to work with them according to that person's style.

Task Oriented:  
  • This person always has a list. 
  • They know the steps that will get them from A to Z and they likely have a list of lists.
  • Decisions are usually made based on facts and figures.  Bring them the information and then they can make an informed choice.
  • They appreciate speed and focus and can be one-track minded. They are able to see a project through from start to finish.

Process Oriented:
  • This person sees the big picture.  They know where they want to go, but do not bog them down with details.
  • They are intuitive and often when they make decisions cannot give you a particular reason because it is based on intangible factors.
  • They will (hopefully) meet a deadline, but probably not early.  
  • Boredom sets in if they are working on only one task, so they will find other things to do because they are able to work on several things at once.

Probably most of us do not operate exclusively with one time management style.  We have a bit of both, depending on the situation.

So the key is to determine our dominant style.  We can then create strategies utilizing its strengths and learn to avoid the weaknesses.

What is your personal strength that will literally propel you into action when you know it?
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And then use that knowledge to leap over your obstacles and finally find success!