As we start another year, after some rest and relaxation over the holidays, the pressure of time comes back to the forefront. Time is a form of currency we use every single moment we are alive. In this new world of instant gratification, humans are hardwired to want things – now!

With services like Amazon Prime, Postmates, Uber, Netflix, and Venmo we are able to accomplish everyday tasks at the swipe of a screen. Technology has allowed some to be more productive, while for others the plethora of technology apps and tools have caused an overload of information not helpful to effective decision making.

The internet is saturated with advice on how to be more productive and warns us to be cautious with our time, but most of these tools are predicated on the assumption that you are trying to get through your workload, with often little regard on the quality of work produced. But this is not the case. As a leader, you are held to account for the quality of your work, not just the quantity.

All minutes are not created equally and we frequently suffer from the increasing demands for our time, both at work and in our personal lives. If we want to increase productivity, there are specific levers we can pull to achieve success. With each project, you take on different demands and you’re forced to prioritize because of the pressure of scarcity, you probably frequently feel like you only have one chance to get it right.

What we often overlook is that, one hour effectively spent can produce better results than five hours spent on frenetic activity. Breakthroughs, or an “aha’ moment can happen quickly. But all too often these kinds of sudden breakthroughs result from an approach of structuring your time according to a  mindset which produces superficial actions, rather than important and durable findings.

There are many tools that we can use to help us prioritize and remember that the quality of work is more important than the quantity. Taking the time (even when we feel like there is no time) to prioritize and be respectful of our own time and those that we collaborate with can allow us to improve the quality of decision-making and results

For those who use technology to underpin their management of  ongoing priorities, here are a few productivity apps that can help one  in the mindset of efficiency.

Such apps may not work for you – many highly functioning leaders still rely on the daily “to do list” on a single sheet of “yellow pad paper” to bring order and prioritization to their busy lives. THE BOTTOM LINE: Time is the currency of productivity. At the end of the day, if you have spent your time in the right place, then you maximize results, but if you have not, then negative outcomes are more likely.

If you have any questions or want to discuss strategies to help you learn how to budget your time, please feel free to contact me and we can chat further!