Time management is a regular personal and professional challenge that is felt in every life/work area.  In fact as a unique testimonial to this issue, as I question young adults in my American Government & Politics classes about their greatest obstacles as college students, time management always makes it to the top of the problem list.

Well not surprisingly there are different workshops and online help sites that are designed to improve your ability to time manage.  These options are a benefit in many cases, however I believe that no one gives the “art” of great time management the appropriate attention it deserves.  Also, I can report that regardless of the consultant session topic I am recruited to train on… “help us a little with time management ideas” is always a request.

However, today this TRIPLE III TIME message reverses the responsibility for improving time management.  Specifically we are going to look at the question:  Are YOU Using OTHER PEOPLES Time Wisely?

Give that question some real…honest thought.

In your job as a foreman, employment counselor, teacher, division manager, corporate trainer (and the list goes on), do YOU take steps to use peoples time wisely?

Do you organize your thoughts/trainings to be as simple and direct as possible…or to guarantee that you fill up your 2 hour training time?
Do you look at the clock and realize you have covered everything you need to in a meeting but still have 10 minutes and fill it with BLAH-BLAH-BLAH?
When you prepare for a meeting do you ask yourself:  “Am I trying to cover too much?”  The fact that YOU are asking yourself the question says “yes you are”.
At the end of YOUR training/teacher/presenter time…do you forget the first things you covered?

Recently I was at an organizational update session with a series of people assigned 15-20 minutes to deliver their information.  Guess what…over half got their information out in less than 10 minutes…but did they add another 10 minutes of non-important “filler” just to feel that they did a complete job???  YES!!!

Bottomline:  When you think about helping people around you improve their time management skills…stop and look in the mirror too.  Ask yourself if your communication practices/efforts are solidly Using OTHER PEOPLES Time Wisely (because it’s a two-way street).

And you know what I mean.


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:

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