Managing Time Wisely During Seasons of Uncertainty

Give yourself grace.

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In this behind-the-scenes interview from Leadercast 2020—Positive Disruption, leadership communicator and author Andy Stanley explains that during times of uncertainty, leaders need to understand that time manages them—not the other way around.

“During times of uncertainty, time manages you,” he says. “This is so frustrating for those of us who love schedules, who love routine, and who love to be prepared for everything.” 

So what do you do? You have to give yourself some grace. “You have to cut yourself a little slack,” shares Andy. “You are not going to be as productive as you normally are. And that's fine.”

Watch the video to hear more from Andy about the effects of uncertainty on productivity and how to manage time wisely through seasons of disruption. 

TAKEAWAYS
- During times of uncertainty, it can be difficult to manage time.
- To stay disciplined, always do the most important things first.
- Give yourself grace with time management during seasons of disruption.

During uncertainty, during times of uncertainty, time manages you. And this is so frustrating for those of us who love schedules, who love routine, and again, who love to be prepared for everything. But during times of disruption and uncertainty, I mean, you know this, I mean, how many times have you turned to someone in the last three weeks and said, "Hey, what day is it?"

So during times of uncertainty, time manages you. So you have to give yourself grace. You have to cut yourself a little slack. You are not going to be as productive as you normally are. And that's fine. Part of the reason is we're not even sure what to do sometimes. So give yourself a little grace, but during times of uncertainty, the time is going to manage you, which requires more discipline.

And in terms of the discipline of time management, even though you don't really manage time, the discipline of time management comes down to one thing, you always do the most important things first. You always do the most important things first. You always do the things that matter most first.

You know, if you get first things first, the other things generally take care of themselves. And that's true during times of uncertainty. And that's true in times of normality as well. But again, give yourself a little grace. These are uncertain times. You're not going to feel as productive, but you're going to figure this out, because you are a leader.

Andy Stanley

Leadership communicator, best-selling author and founding pastor of North Point Ministries Andy Stanley inspires tens of thousands of people. Andy founded Atlanta-based North Point Ministries in 1995, leading six churches in the Atlan...

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