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GOOFING OFF GETS THINGS DONE

If you find yourself staring at a blank page with no idea how to begin that report or article, take a break. A brief walk to the water cooler, a few stretches or flipping through a magazine might jog your mind into action when you return to the task.

USE WHAT WORKS

There is not a single time management system that will work for everyone. Some people work effectively with paper planners other with PDAs, some with complicated Personal Organizers, others with scratch pads. Use what works for you.

GET ORGANIZED FIRST

The first step is to organize your desk and your environment. You cannot be effective amid clutter. Once you're organized you will have more time to work on time investments such as planning and delegation, which will free up more time in turn. Never underestimate the value of a minute.

MAINTAIN FOCUS

Don't confuse important and urgent. Important has inherent value, usually goal related. Urgent simply means it has a short deadline. Focus your energy on the important.

IGNORE THE TRIVIAL

Effective time management is not getting more things done but rather fewer things of greater importance. We have to zero in on the 20% of our activities that generate 80% of our results.

 

MAKE COMMITMENTS, NOT LISTS

"To do" lists do nothing to further the completion of tasks. You have to go one step further and schedule time in your planner in order to get them done.

FIRST THINGS FIRST

Ineffective leaders do the obvious things first while effective leaders do the important things first.

A DEFINITE "NO"

When Saying 'NO" do so quickly. To hesitate or ramble on sends a message of uncertainty.

TAKE BRIEF BREAKS

We get more done when we take frequent breaks. These breaks can be as simple as a stretch and allowing your eyes to temporarily focus on something other than the computer screen.

MEETINGS QUOTE

A committee of three often gets more done if two don't show up.

 
 

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