Some useful thoughts and tips on time management
- What do you want to be written in your obituary?
- How much time do you have anyway? We sleep 1/3, spend 1/3 on non-work activities – that leaves only 1/3 to achieve what we want to while at work.
- What are the “non-productive” activities in your life? Which ones are time wasters and which ones use time chargers?
- Nuclear reactor: the famous Three Mile Island Nuclear Reactor disaster in the US occurred because someone did not have time to read the warning reports. Is there a Three Mile Island under your nose?
- Classify your present use of time—take a typical day: Green time: effective use; Red time: ineffective use. How can you convert red time to green time?
- Pareto’s Law: 80% of sales from 20% customers; Then consider, 80% sick leave from 20% employees; Perhaps, 80% of your files are not productive, most use from 20%; 80% of the important things you need to do is in 20% of the items on your to-do list.
- Have you noticed whether or not you tend to do what you like doing rather than what is needed? If so, can you challenge your habit?
- Primetime versus Ordinary time: we have biorhythms. We are in fact more effective at certain times of the day than at others. What is your prime time, when you are most productive? How much do you use this knowledge to focus important work into this time? Find your prime and protect it from interruptions and time bandits!
- What are the greatest time thieves that prevent you from using your time effectively? Describe your strong and weak points in time management? Do you know the difference between efficiency and effectiveness?
- Manage time on a day-to-day basis – Set objectives. Decide whether a Time or a Goal-based diary suits your needs better.
What about you? Do you have any tips on time management?