10 Time Management Tips

1 – A prioritised To-Do List is good; A prioritised To-Do today List is even better, it helps reduce stress, clarifies what you should or shouldn’t be doing, and stops you from forgetting things.

2 – Concentrate your efforts on the things on your To-Do List that have to be done by you. Everything else can be considered for delegation.

3 – When you read an email remember the four D’s. Deal with it (only if very quick response); Delay it (plan when you will do it); Delegate it (someone else can do it); or Dump it.

4 – Only check e-mails a maximum of three times a day, morning, lunchtime and mid afternoon.

5 – Use a descriptive subject heading in your e-mails, it helps the reader, and also helps you prioritise replies without having to open the e-mail.

6 – Stop procrastinating, make a start on those things you don’t like doing, concentrate on them for 30 mins. You will be surprised what you can achieve.

7 – Take the STING out of procrastination by, Selecting one thing to do that you have been putting off; Time yourself, (30 minutes is ideal); Ignore everything else going on around you during that time; allow No interruptions during that time and Give yourself a reward when the task is complete.

8 – Let your calls go to answer phone and then return them at all at once and at a time of your convenience

9 – When leaving a voice mail for others, never ask them to ring you, the call will come at the most inconvenient time. Always say when you will call them.

10 – Remember no one ever said on their deathbed, I wish I had spent more time at the office; get the work life balance correct.

Till Next Time

The Time Doctor – Mike Gardner

Mike Gardner aka ‘The Time Doctor’ and is highly regarded as one of the UK’s leading Time Management and productivity specialists. As well as being regularly featured in both online and off-line media outlets around the world, he is the author of the best selling time management book, Business Owners: Your Family Misses You. He regularly speaks on topics that are congruent with his mission of helping small business owners, entrepreneurs and independent professionals to be incredibly productive, whilst still balancing their business and family commitments in a way that enables them to feel fulfilled and guilt-free. He is an avid Aston Villa fan, a Dad to Neil & Emma, a hubby to Wendy and in his role as an Officer with the reserve forces, he has completed operational tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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