A quick Google search will reveal a plethora of providers offering courses in Time Management. Their content will include enabling you to create effective ‘to do’ lists, prioritisation and avoiding procrastination. However, if we’re honest, most of us know how to do this stuff. Despite this, it is a virtual certainty that any manager you care to talk to will describe themselves as being overloaded and unable to fit everything they need to into their day. However, the problem doesn’t really lie with our ability to manage time, but in our ability to manage ourselves.
Our skill in improving the way we work is a life long journey. As we change organisations or roles and as organisations change, the techniques we need to use to manage ourselves and our work change. Personal effectiveness is context specific and success in this area is therefore closely linked to our ability to learn and change.