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Time Management is the key to a successful career
No matter what you do or what your passion is, you are a Manager of some kind. One of the quickest ways to get what you want is to master Time Management.
Understand what your business is about - what your main topic of focus is, and what your responsibilities are.
If you are in a position of LEADERSHIP, at the heart of that role lie the three overlapping core responsibilities of any leader and enhance your Time Managment Skills
1) Motivating and developing the individual
LEADING IS ABOUT
MANAGING (the core of Time Management) IS ABOUT
TIME MANAGEMENT = CONTROLLING YOUR NECESSARY TASKS
EFFICIENCY = Ensuring that things run smoothly
EFFECTIVENESS = Being economical and prudent about the use of means (resources) to accomplish ends
THE 10 KEYS OF TIME MANAGEMENT
1) DEVELOP A PERSONAL SENSE OF TIME
Keep a time log, recording how your time is actually spent.
There is often a gap between what we think we are doing and what we are actually doing.
TIME - Human time is the most precious natural resource you have.
Time is well managed if:1) Things that ought to run smoothly are doing so2) Desired ends are being achieved by the economical use of time
Must also have an awareness of the importance of other people's time.
Time Management Key #2 - Identify long-term goals
You need to define your purpose.
Write a Mission Statement that answers the following questions:
1) Why is what you're doing important for you and the world you live in?
2) To what end is all this effort and time being expended?
Then define your strategic aims. Think hard about these questions:
Time Management Key #3 - Make medium-term plans
Identify the five or six areas of your job - then in each of those key areas set objectives.
At the end of every month, review your performance.
BE ALERT FOR EXCUSES and really look to why results were not achieved.
Time Management Key #4 - Plan the day
You need to set time limits for your tasks. Some require quality time. Some you can do quickly, and some you can delegate.
Work on your sense of priorities, and do the MOST IMPORTANT tasks of each day.
HOW TO PLAN THE DAY
Time Management Key #5 - Make the best use of your best time
Ask yourself: Do I make the best use of my time?
Do you know clearly how much of a morning or night person you are?
Do you regularly program your day so that your best times of day are given to the high-priority tasks?
Did you know that the speed and coordination with which you perform complicated tasks with your hands peaks during the afternoon?
Most of us seem to reach our peak of alertness four to five hours after waking up.
Short-term memory is best in the morning.
We tend to do the hardest and most difficult tasks in the morning.
Time Management Key #6 - Organizing your space
The place where most of your work is done.
Control interruptions by setting a time limit and then quickly getting back to work.
Eliminate unnecessary paperwork, and simplify the remainder where possible.
When writing to others, be clear and concise.
Time Management Key #7 - Managing your meetings
Constantly ask yourself three fundamental questions at meetings:1) Is this meeting necessary?
End your meetings on a positive note - always.
Time Management Key #8 - Delegate effectively
Effective delegation gives you more time to lead and manage the following:
1) Complex and difficult tasks
If you don't need to do it...do you need to do it?
Skills of delegation
Time Management Key #9 - Make use of committed time
There are different types of time:
1) Discretionary Time - The time which you can choose to spend as you will.
A DAY HAS A HUNDRED POCKETS OF TIME IF YOU KNOW WHERE TO LOOK FOR THEM
Time Management Key#10 - Manage your health
Moderation is key.
Relax and allow time for reflection.