In the fast-paced world of business, successful time management is critical for leaders. This article shares the insights of 11 leaders, encompassing founders, CEOs, and business coaches, on their top time management techniques. The strategies vary from individual meetings and reflection periods, to implementing the “Touch it Once” principle, to protected time blocks, and even limiting open-door policy times.
- Leaders advocate for different approaches to time management. Some like Julia Kelly, managing partner at Rigits, favor individual meetings with time for reflection, helping them stay fully engaged and reduce risk of burnout.
- Several leaders use productivity techniques like the Pomodoro technique, as highlighted by Rosie Gladden, the marketing director at ImageX, where short bursts of focused work are alternated with breaks.
- Others, like Vladislav Podolyako, the founder and CEO of Folderly, employ the “Touch it Once” (TIO) principle where tasks that can be completed quickly are done immediately, helping in fast decision-making.
- Some, like Chelsea C. Williams, founder and CEO of Reimagine Talent Co., leverage technology for communication, using tools like Loom to minimize time spent in formal meetings and enhance communication across teams.
- Implementing protected time blocks and limiting open-door policy times are also valuable strategies, as recommended by Cristina Imre, an executive coach and business strategist, and Lou Reverchuk, co-founder and CEO of EchoGlobal, respectively. These methods ensure time for high-impact projects and protect leaders’ time from non-urgent interruptions.