Time Management

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We report on time management skills that can dramatically cut down on wasted time during work hours. These techniques will help you get more done at work – and get you home on time.

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Even top dogs can benefit from a little time management. Here are three tips from EffectiveMeetings.com:

The advent of smartphones, tablets and social media keep you connected, but they also create distractions that hinder your efficiency. Try these tricks to improve productivity:
Research shows prevention is still the No. 1 way to reduce stress, beating out even exercise and meditation. Stop the stress from happening in the first place. Here are three ways:
Not all hours are created equally, observes author and speaker Tom Searcy. The secret is to review your calendar and make sure you’re doing the right things at the right times.
Odds are, you’re wasting time. A Salary.com survey reveals that the average employee admits to wasting roughly two hours each workday. Top time-management advice from admin pros:
To determine what’s most im­­portant, says time management expert Hyrum W. Smith, ask: “Why am I doing this?” “Should I really be doing this?” and “Do I want to do this?”
“There was a time, not so long ago, when I was busy, busy, busy,” says Laura Vanderkam, author of 168 Hours. “At least I thought I was.” Then she began tracking her time and found she’d been kidding herself. Rather than complaining about your long to-do list, own up to how you’re really spending your time.
Start each day with a prioritized to-do list, dividing it into A-B-C tasks ... Ditch the half-truths, even the little white lies you tell to make someone feel better ... Earn respect of senior management by showing the ROI for whatever you’re proposing.

In a sample group of 65 CEOs, executives spent 18 hours of a 55-hour work­­week in meetings, plus three hours in phone calls and five hours in business meals. For this lot, working in solitary mode averaged just six hours weekly. CEOs say they wish they had more solo thinking time to ponder strategy ...

In honor of this year’s Administrative Professionals Week, April 23-27, we’re taking stock of the changes in admins’ responsibilities over the past decade, based on the IAAP's Administrative Professional Skills 2011 Benchmarking Survey:
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