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How to… manage your time effectively

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10 Effective Time Management Secrets

1. Manage Your Email

  • Turn off your email notifier!
  • Set 2-3 times in the day only when you check your emails – be disciplined.

2. Keep A Time Log For A Few Days

  • List what you did, when you did it and why you did it – over a few day period.
  • Identify patterns (interruptions, how you’re feeling, concentration & energy levels, etc), and develop plans to positively influence them.

3. Know Yourself

  • When are you at your best?
  • When are your energy levels highest?
  • When are you at your most creative?
  • Which tasks go best with which part of the day?
  • Manage your diet and sleep patterns.
  • Regularly clarify & review your goals.

4. Have A Time Schedule

  • Use it!
  • Publish & Display it.
  • Stick to it.

5. Do One Thing At A Time!

  • And do it properly.
  • Multi-tasking effectively is a myth!

6. Find Pleasure & Pride In What You’re Doing

  • Give yourself rewards. Build in fun.
  • You’ll be far more likely to do it and in a time-effective way.

7. Recognise When You’ve Done Enough!

  • Employ the 80:20 rule.
  • Perfection is not always necessary.

8. Things Change

  • Take account of this. Build in time in your schedule.
  • Don’t be afraid to radically alter or even abandon the tasks if needed.

9. Create A Sense of Achievement For Each Part of Your Day

  • Recognise when you’ve been successful in achieving a step along the way to the ultimate objective.
  • Schedule accordingly, so you have balance through the day.

10. Shine A Light On Yourself – “The Hawthorne Effect”

  • Review your personal time management performance.
  • Challenge and be honest with yourself.
  • Shining a light on yourself like this will lead to increased productivity.

Next time we will be covering HOW TO…MANAGE A PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL EFFECTIVELY”.

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