When Time Matters
By Jason C. Theadore, MHA, CRA, RT(R)
For many years people have struggled to
find a sense of balance between work and
life. Work and life have been seen as long
established enemies in time management.
We live in a time where speed appears
to be superior. In this digital era many
of us are expected to be instantaneously
responsive and immediately available.
Time becomes important to all of us. No
one has an advantage of time; however,
some leaders have the ability to manage
time (or energy) better than others.
As the summer months approach, the
balance between work and life can become more complicated to balance. Imaging providers that have been successful
over the past few years have focused on
four key operational areas: putting the
patient first, pursuing operational excellence, collaborating and integrating with
physicians, and embracing innovation.
The fifth success factor should be managing personal energy, not time. Time
management and personal development
seem to be elusive to many leaders because of the perception that there is not
enough time to focus on those areas.
In their book, The Power of Full Engagement, Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz
state that energy, not time, is our most
precious resource. 1 Full engagement (
energy) is based on four sources: spiritual,
mental, emotional, and physical.
Energy, not time, is our most precious resource.
Full engagement (energy) is based on four sources:
spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical.
motivation. Spiritual alignment is obtained by balancing our obligations as
leaders to others with sufficient self care.
To live our lives by our individual values
we must find a way to reconnect, on a
regular basis, to the values that are the
most stimulating and meaningful in our
lives. One way to calibrate what is important to you is to make a list of things you
would do more, if you had more time.
Many of us operate in survival mode, filling the immediate needs of the day on an
hour by hour basis. When we operate in
survival mode we can become easily frustrated. Frustration is typically a function
of expectation. If you change your expectations of yourself to reconnect with
your values, you will have a better sense
of what you expect from life rather than
what life expects from you.
me a story of how they were rewarded
for taking a break in the middle of the
day. The brain uses 25% of our body’s
oxygen. The key to mental recovery is
giving the conscious mind intermittent
rest. Our mental capacity is what we
use to manage and organize our lives.
Without appropriate mental capacity
our work life balance is harder to obtain. Think about where you are when
you have your best ideas. Typically the
answer is not “at work.” Many leaders
will answer that they are doing things
they enjoy and should be doing more of
if they had the time. Becoming mentally
focused on a regular basis can allow you
to also become more innovative.
We all have a set of values. Aligned val-
ues typically can be the largest source of
Many organizations create a work envi-
ronment in which working longer and
more continually is the right equation
to reaching higher productivity metrics
and success. Many success stories start or
end with a story of hard work—grinding
away at a task as long as we can. I cannot
remember a colleague ever sharing with
Any activity that is enjoyable or fulfilling
(related to your values) tends to prompt
positive emotions. In order to be at our
best as leaders we must access positive
emotions. Think of a positive mentor or
teacher in your life. Was his or her attitude
positive or negative? Now think of when
you are called out in a meeting or you are
pushed far out of your comfort zone. Do
you shut down? When did you feel your
best? Effective emotional renewal allows