I’ve been running training sessions recently and have come to realize that too many of us wait for our companies to invest in training instead of taking the initiative to invest in ourselves. What makes it worse is that most of us have been through enough bad company-funded training that we walk into the next one expecting it to be awful. We don’t leave ourselves open to the possibility of getting something out of it. Putting those two together: we rarely invest in ourselves and we loathe the training our companies select on our behalf. That’s not a good combination when it comes to getting better at what we do.
Many of us blame the fact that we have too much going on to spend time reading a book or going to a class. We say that time management is our biggest challenge. But if you listen to all the reasons why we say time management is a challenge, I guarantee most of them will sound like excuses.
Time management is nothing more than focus and prioritization. Since many of us are not strong in these areas we get stuck in this rut of “doing” all day long. We rarely take a step back and think about whether what we are doing is actually helping us improve or move forward. If hitting your quota on a monthly basis is the only way you judge whether or not you’re getting better, than congratulations, you’ll be an OK