Finding Time: Redefine Time Conflicts in 5 Powerful Ways

by Paula Eder - Date: 2007-02-21 - Word Count: 362 Share This!

Finding time is challenging under any circumstance! It's especially difficult if you are working with someone who relates to time quite differently than you. You may find that each of you defines your values around punctuality, planning, and procrastination in different ways.

However difficult this seems, approaching these differences proactively with those you relate to can enhance cooperation in ways that may surprise you.

What sort of opportunities do different time styles with others offer? You can view these conflicts in time styles as an opportunity to:

Clarify what's of prime importance to you. Pare it down and negotiate for it. The strength you build makes you more resilient and decisive.

Attune yourself to others' varying approaches to time use. Genuinely accepting individual differences in time styles will benefit you in a number of ways:

Truly accepting that others won't change for you spares you the frustration of repetitive and fruitless efforts to control them.

When people notice you are not trying to change them, they feel more relaxed and receptive.

When your colleagues feel respected, they are increasingly likely to negotiate successfully with you.

Effective compromising increases flexibility and clarifies lines of power and responsibility. Different time styles often reflect different priorities. Explore how this can work to your mutual advantage. For example, one of you might accept added responsibility if you can make your own hours. The other might hold down the fort 9:00 - 5:00 in return for not taking work home.

Commit to creativity. Thinking outside the box carries negotiations beyond rigid power struggles. For every problem, there is a resolution that honors the integrity and needs of each person.

Present the challenge in terms of shared goals. Keep the focus on the rewards you and your colleagues will enjoy. This stimulates cooperation.

Invite others to contribute ideas. The more invested everyone is in the problem-solving process, the more dedicated they will be to making it work.

Negotiating different approaches to time use will challenge each of you to grow. Rather than framing needed changes as a sacrifice, consider the benefits of identifying and honoring the baseline needs of everyone. You will develop vitality and confidence to encounter challenging conditions in ways that improve morale, promote effectiveness and save you time.

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