moment the case of two project managers in a company.
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
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.
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.
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
because she has told them what she wants and she is busy with another
is convinced that her plan will work because she has
given the assignments and the workers can be trusted
not here to talk about management styles. Though in both of
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
personal time management style is essential
when learning to manage ourselves, our schedules and our time.
must ask ourselves questions such as how we approach a project, how we
work best or how long can we focus. Because when you
your particular style for managing time, then you realize that one size
does not fit all. And then you can fit any time managment
to your particular style.
There are two basic styles
management - Task Oriented and Process Oriented. They are
illustrated above in that order. Neither of them is a better
of managing time, (though I may have made the first sound
heavy-handed), they are just different.
each type need
to learn how to first manage their own time. Then they must
to recognize other's style and learn how to work with them according to
that person's style.
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.
are usually made based on facts and figures. Bring them the
information and then they can make an informed choice.
appreciate speed and focus and can be one-track minded. They are able
to see a project through from start to finish.
person sees the big picture. They know where they want to go,
but do not bog them down with details.
are intuitive and often when they make decisions cannot give you a
particular reason because it is based on intangible factors.
will (hopefully) meet a deadline, but probably not
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.
most of us do not operate exclusively with one time management
style. We have a bit of both, depending on the situation.
the key is to determine our dominant style. We can then
create strategies utilizing its strengths and learn to avoid the