It´s interesting to me that people may be very, very different in different parts of the world, but many of us still face the same issues and can embrace the same solutions. I ended up this morning on a website called AME Info, which advertises itself as the ultimate Middle East business resource (don´t ask me how I got there — it’s a long story involving horse racing). On the site, amidst articles about real estate in Abu Dhabi, an Arab Investment conference and lots and lots of talk about oil, was an article about effective time management. We in North America couldn´t be much more different from the Middle East these days, so it was probably more interesting to me than it needed to be that the information in the article was just as relevant to us as any article written in Tucson or Omaha would be. The same article appears in other places on the internet and could have been written anywhere, but that´s not really the point.
The list has several interesting points to it. One particularly interesting idea is that time management has to be holistic. You can´t just apply effective time management at work and hope that the rest will take care of itself. If you aren´t considering your whole life when you are planning and scheduling then you are dooming your efforts before they even begin. Not a new or profound point, but such an incredibly important one.
The article also takes a very interesting approach to delegating. Everything you read tells you how very important delegation is. This article instead suggests that if you are one of the people that have an opposition to delegating so rigidly entrenched in your mind (and you know who you are), then it may not even be worth trying. I´m not sure I entirely agree, but it is certainly a thought provoking opinion.
It´s a long and slightly dense article that covers a whole lot of ground, and only skims the surface of all of it, but it´s worth a read. THe site it is on is kind of interesting to peruse, too.