Season 3 Episode 17: Managing Time vs. Investing Time

Jason Barger looks at his watch
S3e17 – Jason Barger looks at his watch

Do you manage your time or invest your time? In the most highly-distracted times in the history of the world, too many leaders and teams fill their schedules and focus on “managing time” rather than investing their time. The best invest their time, focus, attention, and heart.

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1:30 – Jason introduces the podcast. Welcome back to the podcast and thank you for listening. We wish to create content that engages your mind and heart and allows you to step back and think and add some positivity to your life. This podcast is about positive momentum and positive solutions.

2:49 – Jason talks about how we spend, manage, and use our time. We have never been more busy, cluttered, and in the last year, isolated. There has been so much noise and negativity in the world. How we think about our time matters. Managing time and investing time are two different approaches. Rather than managing time, Jason says he chooses to invest his time and to study and research the most effective people across industries.

4:34 – We all have schedules and commitments and people that want our time but it isnt just about managing our time but to best invest our time to think about what is that future that I want to create. How do I allot my time and manage my time and block my time to invest my time in the highest priorities to create that future I desire?

Invest your time to think about the future you want to create.

5:47 – Jason talks about how we fill our time rather than invest our time. We buy into the myth that being busy and simply filling time is good but it isn’t helping us get to the future we desire. Jason talks about the 4 quadrants of urgent tasks.  Time matrix

8:57 – Invest your time for that clarity of vision, for your team, and to help achieve your goals. Jason deep dives into the time matrix chart to find how to prioritize tasks.

9:40 – Where we look is where we go. Jason tells the story about surfing and how where you look is where you will go when surfing. The waves crashes into him like a washing machine, tumbling him into the surf over and over again. When he started to train his eyes to look where he wanted to go he began to successfully surf in what he calls a “magical ride” in Mexico.

12:13 – Jason talks about investing in people and how our focus and thoughts impact our time management. A deep thought about what are we grateful for, what are the actions to get us back on track, and where we look is where we go is discussed.

Where you look is where you go.

Questions to Ponder:

  1. Take an inventory of your average days, what are you spending your time on, what are you filling your time on, where are you investing your time?
  2. What more important and urgent elements need more of your investments?
  3. What are those less important, non-urgent elements that are wasting too much of your investment?

Remember, we can either manage time or invest time. Where we look is where we go.

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Conversations and micro-thoughts to engage your mind and heart.

A thermostat is proactive. It sets the temperature in a room. Controls the temperature. Regulates the temperature. But in today’s distracted, fast-paced and digital world, it’s easy for individuals and organizations to act more like thermometers, slipping into reactionary thinking, becoming scattered and inconsistent. The most compelling leaders, teams, organizations, families or collection of humans of any kind operate in thermostat mode. They calibrate their mind and heart to set the temperature for the vision and culture they want to create. Jason Barger, globally celebrated author, keynote speaker, and founder of Step Back Leadership Consulting, is the host of The Thermostat, a podcast journey to discover authentic leadership, create compelling cultures and find clarity of mission, vision, and values.