ISBN 9780749455507,Successful Time Management

Successful Time Management



Viva Education Private Ltd

Publication Year 2010

ISBN 9780749455507

ISBN-10 0749455500

Paper Back

Edition 2nd
Number of Pages 169 Pages
Language (English)

Business & management

Successful Time Management highlights a vital skill, one that is essential in today's pressurised workplace. It will help you to work efficiently and effectively to get the results you want. It includes great time-saving ideas, practical solutions and checklists, plus advice on

controlling paperwork
getting and staying organised
delegating and working with others
focusing on key issues

This essential guide will help you develop good time-utilisation habits, minimise time-wasting and interruptions, and focus on the priority tasks that will lead to success in your job and career.

About The Author
Patrick Forsyth runs Touchstone Training & Consultancy and specialises in marketing, sales and communications skills. He is the author of more than 50 successful business books including How to Motivate People How to Write Reports and Proposals Effective Business Writing and, with Frances Kay, Tough Tactics for Tough Times (all published by Kogan Page).

Table Of Contents
Time: a key resource -- opportunities and difficulties
Making it work
A personal approach
The productivity gain
Speculate to accumulate
Perfect time
First steps towards effective time management
Your work mix
Assessing your current working practice
Plan the work and work the plan
What kind of system?
Setting clear objectives
Thinking ahead
Spend time to save time
Taking time to think
Be prepared to say 'no'
To be, or not to be (perfect)
Work smarter not longer
Reward yourself
Getting (and staying) organised
Work the plan
Batch your tasks
Use your diary effectively
Schedule appointments withcare
Clear your desk
Avoid 'cherry picking'
Use abstracts
The internet
Highlight key facts
Insist on quality
Action or investment
A good personal assistant (or secretary)
Use a 'document parking' system
Make use of checklists
Directing the techniques at particular result areas Intermission... take a break
Combating the time wasters
The greatest time waster?
Why uncomfortable is good
When performance is inadequate
Recognising reality
Identifying opportunities
Handling personal interruptions
Handling telephone interruptions
Save time getting through
Make messages accurate
On the move
Thinking about e-mail
First things first
Pareto's law
Make the miscellaneous a priority
Schedule -- backwards
Be honest about deadlines
Review task methodology
Eliminate the unnecessary
Danger -- keep your distance
Be confident of your priorities
Controlling the paperwork
Aim to minimise paperwork
Make a habit of brevity
Minimal memos
Minimise your paper handling
Do not let files and filing waste time
Keep papers neat
Computerise it -- but carefully
Do not duplicate information unnecessarily
Do not prolifrate information unnecessarily
Do not put it in writing
Write faster
WPB -- the most time-saving object in your office
Working with other people
The socialising organization
Informal contact
Making a working lunch work
Consider a day out
No conflict -- no wasted time
The right people
The need for clear instructions
Don't do it-- delegate
Swap tasks to save time
Develop your people
Simply the most time-saving phrase in the language
Do not hover
Motivate your people
Provide specific time management help for staff
Make and keep some firm rules
Meetings -- danger or opportunity?
Final words