What is time management?
A very often asked question below is an acronym devised by the Time Doctor, to give an answer to that age old question.
T = Time management can be defined as doing things:
- For the right reason, (because it is linked to your goals and objectives)
- In the right order, (because it is prioritised)
- In the right way, (because it is organised)
I = Identify those time stealer’s that are imposed by others and be ruthless in dealing with them
M =Manage others expectations, work to your schedule not theirs
E = Educate others and let them know how you manage your time
M = Meetings – do you really have to attend the whole meeting, or can you attend for only part of it.
A = Act Assertively when dealing with interruptions
N = Need help? Don’t be afraid to ask or delegate
A = Action the 20% of things that give you 80% of your results.
G = Give due respect to others time and they will respect yours
E = Emails, answer them at specific times of the day
M = Monitor your time usage as you would your money usage – carefully
E = Evaluate how you spend your time, use a time log and record everything you do during a typical week
N = ‘NO’ – A small word with lots of negative connotations, learn to say No nicely
T = To Do Lists – are they really for you, they don’t work for everyone. If they don’t work for you consider having a task list and a To Do today list.
My Time management Acronym, what would yours look like? Let me know
Till Next Time
Mike Gardner – The Time Doctor