The Ultimate Time Management Sin

Published: November 9, 2011
By: Faye Hollands

Forgetting to plan your day, letting emails distract you, and being unclear on your objectives are all big time-management No-No’s.  But there’s one faux pas that beats the rest hands down, and it can ruin your career if you’re a constant offender….

Have Some Respect

Have you ever turned up late for an appointment, been unprepared for a meeting or failed to cancel a booking?  These are all prime examples of where you’ve wasted someone else’s time, and we’ve all been guilty offenders at some point or another.

But that doesn’t make it OK.  And importantly, regularly wasting other people’s time and paying little or no respect to the demands others have on their day, will only damage your personal brand and ultimately negatively impact your career or business.

There’s a big difference between accidentally turning up late or having an emergency to deal with that makes you miss an appointment, versus being one of ‘those’ people who saunters into a meeting seemingly oblivious to the fact that others are sat patiently waiting for you.

We all process time differently, so it’s important to recognise that just because you might be relaxed about a delayed start, doesn’t mean your boss, colleagues or clients are.  In fact, they might be watching every second tick by, getting more and more frustrated by something that you think is perfectly acceptable.

It’s OK to waste your own time, but it’s not alright to waste other people’s.  So be honest with yourself – do you regularly find that people are waiting for you?  Are you often the last to arrive at meetings or events?

Time is precious, and others won’t always appreciate your apologies, especially if you’re having to make them over and over again.  So don’t risk ruining your image and prospects by doing something that is completely avoidable.  Bad habits can be learned and lost, so if this article is hitting a little too close to home, admit that you’re offender and decide to change your ways.

Start managing your time more effectively, and importantly plan ahead so that you turn up early.  Think of time as money – every time you’re late, you’re throwing away hard earned cash.  Always be respectful of other people’s time as well as your own –  after all, it’s the most precious commodity you have.

Do you know someone who is always late? How does it make you feel?  Post a comment below…

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Written by Faye Hollands – Director at Outshine Consulting. Faye is an accomplished Career Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success.

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Faye Hollands

About Faye Hollands

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success. To receive weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here or book your Free Focus Session here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

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One Response to The Ultimate Time Management Sin

  1. Hi Faye’s
    Being someone who manages time to the second I recognise yourmessage. Honor other people’s time. This means starting a journey to get to the destination on time.
    I’ve just read a”word carnival” comprising 12 blog articles on productivity.
    ( http://wordcarnivals.thewordchef.com/2011/10/productivity/). I don’t think your point about not being late or not letting others waste your time by being late, was covered.
    Thanks
    Julia

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