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Working for a poor time-manager?

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Your boss just can't get it together when it comes to managing his or her time?

Your boss is always late for meetings, can't seem to make decisions quickly and doesn’t churn out projects in a timely manner. In short, he or she is making both of you look bad. What can you do?

Time Management to the Rescue: 36 ways to manage your workload through calendar management and productivity tools

The first step is to know with whom you are dealing. For example, is your boss the type who likes to wait until the last possible minute on every project, or someone who can’t keep track of details? By knowing your boss’s type, you can complement his or her work style and minimize the number of crises you need to deal with.

Here are descriptions of five of the most common types of manager work styles. And, because you probably won’t be able to change your boss’s habits, we’ve also included some secrets for working successfully with each type of manager.

1. The cliffhanger

This individual likes to wait until the last possible moment to deliver a finished project. He or she thrives on the pressure of a looming deadline and will create that pressure if it isn’t there already. Constant reminders from you about an upcoming project will likely just be a source of frustration for you.

Better to do what you can to minimize the effect the looming crisis will have on you. For example, do what you can in advance to prepare for the coming “crunch” (gather necessary documents, make preliminary phone calls, etc.). If nothing else, try to arrange your work to leave extra open time to devote to the crisis when it erupts—it might get you home earlier.

2. The allergic-to-details type

Lots of bosses are famous for ignoring details—that’s why they have assistants, right? If you are working for this type of manager, realize that you will have to keep track of his or her job and yours. Keep files on projects that include the kinds of details that he or she is likely to need in the future. It’ll save you from a mad rush to reconstruct information later.

3. The fence sitter

You’d never know that decision making is part of a manager’s job the way some bosses wallow in indecision. If possible, you may want to help your fence-sitting boss subtly by suggesting intermediate decision points during a project.

Dealing with just part of the project at one time may make it easier for your boss to reach decisions and keep the project moving. At the very least, you should anticipate an unusually high number of meetings and probable delays as your boss wrestles with major decisions, and plan your workload accordingly.

Unlike your bosses, Time Management to the Rescue respects your time. We’ve streamlined hundreds of tips into a 40-page, easy-to-read report. Any employee in any position in any organization will benefit from these time management techniques. There are 36 topics in all, but if you implement just a handful of the proven ideas in this Special Report – even one or two of them – you’ll feel an enormous burden lifted off your shoulders. Order your copy of this special report now. Time's a-wasting!

4. The hopper.

This individual typically has an unusually high energy level and a curious mind. This type tends to jump from one project to another without necessarily finishing any of them.

Your first goal should be to understand your boss’s agenda and adjust your work to match his or hers. You can sometimes do this through experience with your boss’s work patterns or by looking for clues from conversations, requests, meetings, etc. If necessary, arrange with your boss to discuss his or her agenda—on a daily basis if necessary.

Your second goal should be to try bringing some projects to closure. If closure requires just a few more steps that you can easily do yourself, consider taking the initiative to do so. It will make you and your boss look good. If not, try to find ways to subtly suggest ways the boss can bring closure before moving to the next project. For example, you might say, “Perhaps Joe could call the vendor and make the final arrangements now that you’ve decided what we need.”

5. The perfectionist.

This boss can easily drive you crazy, spending time correcting others’ less-than-perfect work and agreeing to take on any and all projects (after all, no one can do them better than he or she can). Not only are you likely to receive your share of criticism and correction for your work, the boss's workload is likely to become your workload as he or she takes on more and more.

Your best protection in this case is a clear standard of performance that both you and your boss can agree to. Otherwise, nothing you do will ever be quite good enough. Also, after ensuring that you are indeed being as productive and attentive to priorities as possible, you need to place the responsibility for prioritizing work where it belongs—with your boss.

If your boss gives you more to do than is reasonable in the time you have to do it, he or she needs to decide whether to get extra help or give up some of the work. This can be hard to do, but failure to do so can make your job even harder.

Are you struggling to stay on top of your workload?

Whether upper management makes a suggestion or a request, or issues an outright command, you find yourself performing new tasks and filling new roles. You’re expected to do more than ever before, even if it takes longer.

While you can’t create more hours in the day to do your new “stretch” job, you can learn how to use your time to maximum advantage. Simply consult Time Management to the Rescue.

This Special Report offers a wealth of knowledge you can put to use today on how to work reasonable hours, prioritize tasks, track productivity, organize your calendar and master technology.

In fact, it’s really two reports in one:
  • Part I: Work Smarter, Not Longer Hours offers tips on 18 topics, from overcoming inertia to learning how to say “no.”
  • Part II: Use Technology to Speed Tasks gives you productivity boosters in 18 more areas: keyboard shortcuts, apps for streamlining your day, ways to tune your inbox and much more.

Take action and take advantage of our no-risk offer. If time is indeed money, just one or two of the dozens of time-saving tips in this Special Report will repay your investment many times over, starting today and for years to come.

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