Hundreds of books have been written about how to save time. Fact is, saving time is not the leader’s goal — effectiveness is the objective. And we can become more effective if we make better choices about the way we spend the time we have available to us.
To make the best use of this list, first do one simple exercise: write, in no more than a sentence or two, the role you are responsible for carrying out. Not the activities you engage in, but the role for which you are held responsible. For example, “I am responsible for providing my viewers with the best local report available in my market.”
Now, understand that the key to effectiveness is being able to spend your time only on activities that directly contribute to carrying out your role. (Your boss may have told you to sort mail, but you understand that sorting the mail does not help you provide the best local report in the market.)
If you can, begin to think of the activities you choose to engage in as “investments” in your quest for effectiveness. Read more