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Learning to Own Our “Executive Time”

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It is said our current President (whether you like him or not) walks to the beat of a different drummer even concerning his time management. According to Politico (article of 10-29-18), it is said that this free-wheeling President’s schedule shows “huge swaths of unscheduled time” appearing to redefine the nature of his role. The Trump presidency is uniquely defined by his downtime when his short-term bugaboos become the drivers of his agenda, rather than any long-term vision. He functions with impromptu meetings, TV watching, and, of course, his constant tweeting on social media. They have called it his “Executive Time” (somewhat in derision.) Some White House aides insist that the President is productive during those open stretches – calling lawmakers, Cabinet members, and world leaders, and scheduling meetings. One aide even described Trump as a “workaholic” – (though his official commitments last week began no earlier than 11 am.). They said the President needs “lots of time to think.” In light of current national and world events, I think so.

The struggle is real – leaders need time management skills to maximize achievement. But, we all have different styles that we use to leverage our Zones Of Genius – and based on our behavior styles and our unconscious motivators.

Your writer here has adult onset of ADHD for sure. I am a little over 6 decades old. I have 5 adult children, and 12 grandchildren. Yes, you read that right! And they are here in my same town except one. I have created an acronym for my particular condition – it is Advanced Dynamic Hyper Desire, which is the driver for how I accomplish my time management skills and more. I will admit that I juggle too many plates, and sometimes I drop one! I am occasionally erratic in daily tasks, preferring to be in creative mode a lot of the time. I am a visionary (big picture focus). I am either a night owl or an early riser, depending on what my schedule demands. I do tend to utilize Stephen Covey’s time management system based on priorities and values! I am learning how to use a CRM, so I don’t entirely “wing it!” I confess that I intentionally move my appointments around to accommodate family and friends at times! It is not the tyranny of the urgent, but of the important which determines my daily schedule. Because I can. It is my Executive Time!

I am a small business owner – a Life, Leadership, and Performance coach. I coach my clients to attain amazing results based on managing their daily priorities and maximizing blocks of “productive time.” They have bosses and clients for which they are accountable. They plan and schedule according to their daily, weekly, and monthly goals. They even take a Time Management Styles quiz. All results take execution and, well, great use of “Executive Time.” In coaching creative types, entrepreneurs, and visionaries it is clear this time to think, strategize, and even dream is as vital as scheduling their next task. So, we plan their Executive Time into their day!

Am I saying not to improve our time management skills? Absolutely not! However, each of our styles and behaviors will play into our daily game plan. Through being coached in this very area myself- I still let my high level of Desire and energy be the fuel for enjoying my life both personally and professionally. I aspire to inspire others in their passions and purposes! I have achieved much to date, and have even more to get done in the future, as do you!! But, the difference is that all of these accomplishments have been on my terms as the leader of my own small business. I may need more “reflective time” to think than most. And I’m not even running a country – only a company.

Here’s to owning our Executive Time.

“The struggle is real – leaders need time management skills to maximize achievement.” – Erin K. Garcia

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Erin K. Garcia is a Master’s Level Splankna Practitioner as well as a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation. Erin brings Neuro-Performance and Leadership Coaching to the forefront in a day when people want to get to the root causes and hidden blocks keeping them from the successful outcomes they desire. Her book, The Real Skinny On My Anorexia, was released in 2016.

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