FPMG Identifies Priority Management, Not Time Management, As a Holiday Issue

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The tasks that accompany every holiday season can send many people into overload, but are they really that busy…or are they just not doing a good job prioritizing the items on their to-do lists? FPMG, a performance management firm, believes the latter is more likely the culprit when people say, “I just don’t have time” during this festive season.

FPMG Identifies Priority Management, Not Time Management, As a Holiday Issue

FPMG Identifies Priority Management, Not Time Management, As a Holiday Issue

Many time management strategies fail to take into account the three critical elements that I believe determine how people manage and prioritize time: values, needs and motivation.

The tasks that accompany every holiday season can send many people into overload, but are they really that busy…or are they just not doing a good job prioritizing the items on their to-do lists? FPMG, a performance management firm, believes the latter is more likely the culprit when people say, “I just don’t have time” during this festive season.

“Time management experts have suggested the use of a variety of techniques to help people get the most out of the finite hours of each day,” said Denise Federer, Ph.D., FPMG’s founder. “What puzzles me about many of their strategies is that they don’t take into account the three critical elements that I believe determine how people manage and prioritize time: values, needs and motivation.”

  •     Values are “supercharged beliefs.” Researchers Raths, Harmin and Simon find that for beliefs to be considered full values, they must meet three criteria:

o    Choosing—It must be chosen freely after thoughtful consideration is given to the consequences of the alternative(s).
o    Prizing—It must be cherished and made know to other people, i.e., it must be publicly affirmed.
o    Acting—It must be translated into behaviors that are consistent with the chosen value and integrated into a person’s lifestyle.

FPMG suggests people write down their top five values and rank them in order of importance. They should see that they align with how they prioritize tasks and make decisions about how they manage their time.

  •     Needs are acquired over time and based to a significant degree on your life experiences. Motivational research pioneer David McClelland believes people have three basic needs:

o    Need for achievement—Exhibiting a strong desire to succeed and excel
o    Need for power—Wanting to be influential and make an impact on others
o    Need for affiliation—Seeking to have friendly relationships and be well regarded

Everyone possesses varying degrees of these needs, so FPMG notes that at one time or another, everyone may shape their schedule based on any of them. During this time of year, for instance, people may choose to attend a family gathering not because it’s the #1 thing they want to do, but because they fear losing some affiliation “points” if they don’t go.

  •     Motivation is the most complicated time/priority driver, and it’s typically the most short-lived, changing along with specific situations. People are usually motivated to do something because there’s a payoff involved—and to not make time for it could be problematic. Bottom line: they’re motivated to make time for the things that are most important to them.

“As you find yourself trying to balance the demands of career, family and the holidays, focus on what you value, what you need and what motivates you—and you’ll be surprised at how easily you suddenly find the time to get things done,” Federer said.

About FPMG
FPMG is a Florida performance management consultancy dedicated to guiding successful people to be their best. Based in Tampa, we help you uncover the non-financial issues that impact the bottom line. FPMG offers consulting for family business problems, financial advisors legacy advising, leadership development, and more.

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