Time famine

Leadership Tip of the Week: Time Famine and Delegation

Can I have 90 seconds of your time?

Have you made the following statement today? “I would love to but I don’t have time.

This is a symptom of what researchers call time famine — starving for more time to do everything we need to do.

How a leader spends his or her time is important. It is the second-most valuable resource to a leader, trailing only team members.

Leaders are always starved of time; this is where the term time famine came from. They are often forced to make hard decisions about how their time is spent. Balancing time demands can be very stressful.

Time can’t be stopped, so what’s a leader to do?

Learn how to delegate. Leaders often mistake being busy for productivity. Just because you are completing a lot of tasks doesn’t mean you are moving the needle and getting results. Learn how to build a team with complementing skill sets so you can focus on the things that only you can do. Showing the vulnerability to delegate is also a great way to build trust in your team.

If you are too busy, offload some work. And don’t forget to spend some of that newfound time with others to build or repair those relationships you have hurt during your time famine.

We are half way through 2019. As of the date of this posting, July 8, you have approximately 180 days, or 26 weeks, or 4,320 hours or 259,200 minutes until the year 2020. How will you spend that time?

Keep reading articles like this to invest in yourself. Your leadership development is well worth the time.

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