As a leader, time is often your most scarce resource. Time needs to be consciously, thoughtfully and carefully allocated to activities which add the most value to you, the team and the business overall. In a leadership role, time management is also a perception, and it’s a tricky balance.

If you manage time well and look like you manage time well, your team will see you as available. They’ll seek you out when needed. If you look harassed and hurried all the time, they’ll assume you don’t have time. Don’t have time for them to ask questions, raise issues or seek out your input. If you look like you have too much time, you’ll lose the sense of urgency.

Effective time management is a skill, and like any skill, it takes practice and discipline to build over time. A number of simple techniques can help you best manage your time, including: