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How rigorous are you about planning your time?

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SmartPulse — our weekly nonscientific reader poll in SmartBrief on Leadership — tracks feedback from more than 210,000 business leaders. We run the poll question each week in our e-newsletter.

How rigorous are you about planning your time?

  • Very — I manage my calendar closely: 41%
  • Somewhat — I plan my time when it’s required: 45%
  • Not very — I don’t spend much effort planning my time: 11%
  • Not at all — my schedule dictates how I spend my time: 3%

Your Most Precious Resource. Time is the one thing we can’t get back. Time spent planning your calendar can pay huge dividends. Perhaps one of the largest benefits of doing so is being more efficient and effective with the time you spend with the members of your team. Not all time is created equal. Once you start differentiating how you spend your time based on individual team member behaviors, you should see benefits in terms of improved performance. So take greater control over how you spend your time – it’s the best investment you can make every week.

Mike Figliuolo is managing director of thoughtLEADERS, author of “Lead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide Their Teams to Exceptional Results” and “One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal Leadership.”