When I work alongside other professionals I have found myself better able to gauge their “belt level” so to speak, and adjust my actions accordingly. For example, there are certain ways that a White Belt will interact with new time demands that is quite distinct. Others might get upset at their habits, and let them know as much. Some will refuse to work with them ever again.
A better approach is to realize that their actions are the perfect ones for a white belt, and that they should be at no other belt level other than the one they are currently at.
Also, someone who can understand the level at which a user is operating is better able to function as a time management coach, because they can very clearly see the current situation in terms of the 11 fundamentals.
A good cook can taste home-made brownies and immediately tell what is missing, or overdone, if anything. They can give some spot-on coaching about which of the basic ingredients are missing.
The same apples to time management. A good coach in this area is able to discern where the coachee should focus their time, energy and effort, and goes well past the everyday cliches like “work smarter not harder.” In fact, a coach could do much better and break down their advice into specific habits that need to be changed, at a rate and sequence that the coachee could actually absorb. There are sheets that I provide in my programs that serve as excellent planning tools that could help both coach and coachee.
Today I am launching MyTimeDesign to the public, andwhile I don’t aspire to be a personal coach as I once did, I imagine that there are coaches who would like to use the approach in working with others. Of couse, there is nothing I can do to stop them, and in fact I encourage them to use these ideas in MyTimeDesign in any way they want (short of copyright infringement.)