The Difference Between Time Management and Time Removal

Do you have a culture that encourages white space?

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In this backstage interview from Leadercast Live 2019, Juliet Funt, CEO of WhiteSpace at Work, explains the divide with efficiency through time management and effectiveness through time removal.

“The two halves of the work are the efficiency side, which is the reduction of all the low-value junk—like emails, and meetings, and DAX, and reports, and things that we shouldn't be touching at work,” she says. “The effectiveness side of the work is building in purposeful thoughtfulness, time that we call ‘white space,’ where cultures have more freedom within the workday to be creative, or thoughtful, or introspective, or even to recuperate their burnt-out bodies and minds in the course of doing work.”

How are you building in white space into your daily routine? Watch the video to hear more about this concept from Juliet. 


TAKEAWAYS
- We need pauses between work to catch our breath and think.
- We need to eliminate time spent in low-value work.
- White space is valuable to longevity and effectiveness.

We're a consultancy that helps companies to reduce busywork, so they can execute better. So the two halves of the work are the efficiency side, which is the reduction of all the low-value junk—like emails, and meetings, and DAX, and reports, and things that we shouldn't be touching at work—and then the effectiveness side of the work is building in purposeful thoughtfulness, time that we call white space, where cultures have more freedom within the workday to be creative, or thoughtful, or introspective, or even to recuperate their burnt-out bodies and minds in the course of doing work.

White space, we define as a strategic pause taken between activities, so it's an open, fluid sip of time, or a longer stretch, where you can add some oxygen into the fire at work, a moment to digest a painful email, three minutes to prepare mentally for a meeting you're going into, 10 seconds to let go of the traffic before you walk in the door or leave the car. These little interstitial sips of time really change the way that work feels, and we want to be very direct about getting people to take them, and take them as teams.

Time management has definitely become an enemy for a lot of people because it's just teaching us a whole lot of tips and tools to smoosh the same amount of stuff into 24 hours, but just in a more artful way. We actually want you to remove, and that difference between management and removal is really a critical linchpin difference from the way that we approach creating time at work, to someone who has a clock on their website and has more of a time management classic orientation. When such an enormous percentage of the workforce is working on evenings and weekends, and doing a second shift after their kids go to bed, there just needs to be less.

Where can you have a lens in front of you, where every minute at work you're reducing, stripping, cutting, delegating, automating, surrendering, and things are getting so full that we have to be learning how to let go, and when teams adopt this, they can make an enormous amount of progress.
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Juliet Funt

WhiteSpace at Work is a training and consulting firm that helps organizations, their leaders and their employees flip the norms of business in order to reclaim their creativity, productivity and engagement. As CEO, Juliet helps profes...

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