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Today we have a mathematics exercise for you. Don’t worry, it’s not too complicated. This exercise is about time, your time and how you’re utilizing it at work. We’d like to share a concept with you. A concept that talks about time. There are three types of time.
“NOW” time - Now time is time you’re spending doing things today that are on your “to do” list because they need to get done.
“NEAR” time - Near time is time you’re spending today thinking about what needs to be put on the “to do” list in the future. Some might call this strategic planning.
“FUTURE” time - Future time is time you’re spending today doing research and development. R&D can include learning about the future of your business, personal development, fleshing out new ideas.
Now, we want you to think about your average week. If you were to break out your week into percentages what would your numbers look like?
Are they 85% - 15% - 5%?
Or is it closer to 50% - 40% - 10%?
Now here’s the harder question. Based on your role and the expectations of your role what do you think your numbers should be?
Are you, like most people we speak with about this concept potentially spending too much time in the now?
We asked one of our team members this question once. Her answer was, “I spend 98% of the time in the now, 2% in the near and I think about the future in the shower.” It was an honest answer that leads to a discussion about her need to learn to delegate.
Remember to go into this exercise with an open mind and remember there are no wrong answers.