Promising Practices Promising PracticesPromising Practices
A forum for government's best ideas and most innovative leaders.

The 3 Secrets of Effective Time Investment


Listen to the story:

Download this episode | Subscribe on iTunes

The Excellence in Government Podcast features interviews with public and private sector thought leaders to offer rising feds tips for tackling government’s most pressing management challenges.

With each passing day, the hands on the clock tick closer to making sequestration a reality. If you haven’t seen it yet (and the squeamish may prefer not to), Government Executive recently published a timeline with key dates leading up to sequestration. What you'll see is that time is quickly running out and the once unimaginable now seems likely. In all this uncertainty, one thing is clear: federal workers will be expected to do more in an increasingly resource constrained environment—which means investing your time wisely is more important than ever.

That is where Elizabeth Grace Saunders comes in. Saunders, “Time Coach” and author of the book, The Three Secrets to Effective Time Investment, recently joined me on the Excellence in Government Podcast to share tips she says all government executives should be employing to get the most out of their time:

Tip 1: Get in place daily or weekly planning.

“As a manger you are the flag bearer,” said Saunders. “If you don’t have a clear idea of what’s important you can’t lead your team well.”

Tip 2: Cut down on meeting time.

“I find that people are either going to too many meetings or they’re in meetings too long,” said Saunders. “If you can cut back on meeting time you’re saving yourself time to get work done during the day, instead of taking it home, and you’re saving your staff time too.”

Tip 3: Prioritize one-on-one time with your people.

“As you [cut back on] other meetings, you want to make sure you keep the essential ones in place,” said Saunders. “That way you’re catching if someone is off track early or congratulating and encouraging those doing the right things.”

As for the three secrets of effective time investment, Saunders clued us in on those and much more. Listen to the Excellence in Government Podcast to learn more interesting tips for managing your time. 

What are your own time management secrets? Share in the comments below. 

Mark Micheli is Special Projects Editor for Government Executive Media Group. He's the editor of Excellence in Government Online and contributes to GovExec, NextGov and Defense One. Previously, he worked on national security and emergency management issues with the US Treasury Department and the Department of Homeland Security. He's a graduate of the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs and studied at Drake University.

Close [ x ] More from GovExec

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Sponsored by Brocade

    Best of 2016 Federal Forum eBook

    Earlier this summer, Federal and tech industry leaders convened to talk security, machine learning, network modernization, DevOps, and much more at the 2016 Federal Forum. This eBook includes a useful summary highlighting the best content shared at the 2016 Federal Forum to help agencies modernize their network infrastructure.

  • Sponsored by CDW-G

    GBC Flash Poll Series: Merger & Acquisitions

    Download this GBC Flash Poll to learn more about federal perspectives on the impact of industry consolidation.

  • Sponsored by One Identity

    One Nation Under Guard: Securing User Identities Across State and Local Government

    In 2016, the government can expect even more sophisticated threats on the horizon, making it all the more imperative that agencies enforce proper identity and access management (IAM) practices. In order to better measure the current state of IAM at the state and local level, Government Business Council (GBC) conducted an in-depth research study of state and local employees.

  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    The Next Federal Evolution of Cloud

    This GBC report explains the evolution of cloud computing in federal government, and provides an outlook for the future of the cloud in government IT.

  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    A DevOps Roadmap for the Federal Government

    This GBC Report discusses how DevOps is steadily gaining traction among some of government's leading IT developers and agencies.

  • Sponsored by LTC Partners, administrators of the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program

    Approaching the Brink of Federal Retirement

    Approximately 10,000 baby boomers are reaching retirement age per day, and a growing number of federal employees are preparing themselves for the next chapter of their lives. Learn how to tackle the challenges that today's workforce faces in laying the groundwork for a smooth and secure retirement.

  • Sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    Cyber Defense 101: Arming the Next Generation of Government Employees

    Read this issue brief to learn about the sector's most potent challenges in the new cyber landscape and how government organizations are building a robust, threat-aware infrastructure

  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    GBC Issue Brief: Cultivating Digital Services in the Federal Landscape

    Read this GBC issue brief to learn more about the current state of digital services in the government, and how key players are pushing enhancements towards a user-centric approach.

  • Sponsored by CDW-G

    Joint Enterprise Licensing Agreements

    Read this eBook to learn how defense agencies can achieve savings and efficiencies with an Enterprise Software Agreement.

  • Sponsored by Cloudera

    Government Forum Content Library

    Get all the essential resources needed for effective technology strategies in the federal landscape.


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.