Many entrepreneurs live by the saying, ‘If you want something done, get a busy person to do it.’ Of course, you’re the busiest person you know. So what do you do when there really are too few hours in the day?
For many Canadian executives, the answer is delegating, says a new survey developed by Robert Half Management Resources, an international provider of accounting and finance professionals. An independent research firm conducted the survey, which asked more than 270 Canadian CFOs about their most effective time management tips.
Delegation can be difficult, but essential. “While delegating projects does not come easily for someone used to doing it all, it can be critical to ensuring strategic business objectives are met,” says Paul McDonald, executive director of Robert Half Management Resources. He also points out another benefit to delegating: “Asking others to expand their roles is key to developing future management talent.”
The second most popular method of managing time at work: taking advantage of technology. “Mobile phones, laptops and wireless handheld devices enable [executives] to remain accessible to staff,” says McDonald.
Spending less time in meetings and travelling less frequently were also cited as ways executives manage their time.