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Overcome obstacles to planning your work

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Somewhere in nearly every book on time manage­ment you'll find this commandment: "Plan your work—then work your plan." This is excellent advice; certainly anyone who takes it to heart will get more of the right things done at the right time.

For managers, however, this can be difficult advice to follow. Three barriers in particular keep many supervisors from planning their work as they might or from using the plans they make. Here's a quick look at those barriers and some ways to overcome them:

Predetermined priorities

Planning and prioritizing go hand in hand; it does matter when things get done, and there's always something that ought to be done first. In fact, there are usually several things that need to be done "first." All of these have "top" priority. The challenge is to figure out how each of them can be done.

The problem for many of us as managers is that we don't set priorities; we inherit them. They are handed down t...(register to read more)

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