TRIPLE III TIME: Time Management VS Time Discipline

Leaders… REAL LEADERS I believe are facing a new and different challenge today.  It is a silent and somewhat invisible challenge… but it is LIVE and growing.  The challenge for leaders and those who work with them is: Time Management VS Time Discipline.

I can see the puzzled looks… so let me explain.

Time management is defined as the processes of organizing and planning how you divide your time between specific activities.

Time disciplines are the social and economic rules, customs and expectations governing the measurement of time.

So, with these two definitions in mind… think about todays workplace, job expectations and how they continue to evolve.  Also think about the personal and professional adjustments many/most are making with regard to Time Management VS Time Discipline. Adjustments like:

  • 24/7 Communication/Orders
  • Remote/Virtual Transactions
  • In-Person formats… that are now an option and not the standard
  • Unclear performance/quality measuring “sticks”

As leaders, how do you/we positively/progressively coach/advise/support achieving quality Time Management VS Time Discipline.

Today unfortunately there is NOT a solid black line between when a regular workday ends and home/personal life begins. Rather it seems like there is a massive cloud of different shades of gray that blends all responsibilities together. As a result, I believe everyone’s ability to practice quality Time Discipline in this area has been lost. Regardless of age… education level… or workplace role, no one seems to be handling Time Discipline better… which means everyone’s Time Management skills also suffer.

Bottomline:  This TRIPLE III TIME Time Management VS Time Discipline message is intended to raise everyone’s awareness of this negative phenomenon.  There are no simple answers… but please just be good leaders by understanding this challenge more clearly.

About Inspiring Innovations, Inc.

Marv Pichla is currently the owner and Creative Advisor for his own small business, Inspiring Innovations, Inc. Sharing his unique experience with entrepreneurship and innovation in public service, Marv consults with public and private business, education, and community organizations to develop new and different problem solving methods through real-life example-based learning. Prior to starting-up Inspiring Innovations, Inc. Marv served as Executive Director for Thumb Area Michigan Works! As Executive Director, Marv used public sector innovation as his guide for the organizations regional career development, employment service, education and strategic planning initiatives. Finally, Marv was raised on a farm in the Thumb Area of Michigan where he claims he received the education principles he values most. However, he obtained his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Center Michigan University in Public Administration and eventually his Ph.D. from Capella University in Minnesota. Marv can be reached at:

Posted on October 29, 2020, in Triple III. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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