Isn’t it amazing how much Santa Claus gets done in one evening? Think about it, he delivers presents to boys and girls all over the world in just one night. There are definitely some valuable time management lessons we can learn from this jolly, and obviously well organized, man in the red suit.
Here’s what I’ve observed:
1. Santa writes goals.
Santa Claus understands the importance of timelines and deadlines. His yearly goal is to deliver gifts to boys and girls around the world no later than December 25th. The goal has a beginning and ending date, is specific and achievable and, he has a workable plan of action for making this goal a reality.
2. Santa makes lists.
In fact, not only does Santa make a list, he checks it twice. He has learned how to chunk out his time wisely. That’s a true sign of a man who knows how to make the best use of time.
3. Santa Claus is a leader.
The more I learn about Santa, the more I’m impressed with his leadership skills. His staff of elves not only work well alone, but chip in to help one another when the task calls for team work. Santa has created a sense of purpose among his North Pole community.
4. Santa knows how to delegate.
Santa realizes he cannot do everything himself. He understands the strengths of his team and delegates tasks accordingly. Santa has learned to keep his eyes on the bigger picture and does not try to micro-manage day-to-day tasks.
5. Santa’s work area is clean and well organized.
From what I’ve seen in pictures and movies, Santa’s North Pole workshop is very well organized. It is a cheerful, clean and neat place to work.
6. Santa Claus has a strong support network.
Santa has a world-wide network of helpers who make sure everything is in place for his big sleigh ride December 24th. I doubt if Santa could accomplish everything with such precision without a strong support network.
7. Santa has a great mental attitude.
Santa certainly has a positive attitude. In fact I’d say he is downright jolly. His positive mental attitude helps him to manage time – he knows how to stay focused on keeping the important things, important.
8. Santa Claus values his time and takes his job seriously.
Santa realizes that his job makes a difference and because it does, he is committed to using his time, and the time of his elves, wisely.
What do you think; can we take away a few valuable time management lessons from Santa Claus?
Let me ask you this, do you know your BIG goal for the coming year? Are you planning to use your time wisely during the next twelve months? What time management lessons can you learn from Santa Claus?
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