Time Management

Business Management Daily provides time management training that can help you and your office operate more efficiently

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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Stephen Covey, author of the landmark self-help book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, passed away July 16. Scott Eblin, a leadership coach, shared his reflections on his favorites of those habits.

Like overeating, procrastination is challenging because it’s impossible to give it up entirely. While humans don’t need to smoke or drink alcohol, they can’t survive without eating and they can’t exist without putting off some tasks until later.

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.
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