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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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Email is supposed to make life easier and more efficient, but often it makes things harder and cuts into job productivity. To get more done in less time, you need to take charge of your inbox.
To get more done in the time you have, Gary Keller, author of The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, recommends a technique called time blocking that you can employ with four simple steps.
“If you plan to do an unrealistic number of tasks, you’ll end up dreading the day ahead,” psychologist Alice Boyes writes. How to beat procrastination and maximize productivity? Here's what the experts say.

“I have a theory that burnout is about resentment,” Yahoo President and CEO Marissa Mayer says. “And you beat it by knowing what it is you’re giving up that makes you resentful. I tell people: Find your rhythm."

To stay productive, organize your time in discrete chunks.
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Most of us have room to improve our productivity and avoid time vampires lurking around every corner, says Dawn Rasmussen, Path­­finder Writing and Career Ser­­vices. She lists the nine worst time-­suckers threatening your productivity.

If your life seems to revolve around to-do lists, you need a tool that can help manage them for you. As you can probably guess from the name, Checklist Wrangler is an app that lets you keep your lists under control.

Managers tend to work around the clock, complaining there aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish everything. But are we using our time effectively? By eliminating these top five time wasters, you’ll be amazed by your increased productivity:

If you’re still tracking your time for projects or clients with a spreadsheet, it’s time to transition to a modern tool, program or application such as one of these suggested by columnist Lindsay Olson.

Every minute you spend on email is a minute you’re not doing something important. These tactics may help.

If you plan on knocking out a task quickly and then discover there’s far more to it than you expected, it’s going to wreak havoc on your schedule and could easily torpedo a ton of your free time. Here are some steps to ensure you won’t be surprised by a to-do list iceberg.

Matt Cutts works in search optimization at Google, where he’s made hundreds of training videos for webmasters. Now he’s plugging a new way to achieve any goal: Try it for 30 days.

For busy executives, managing time means capturing to-do items and then prioritizing what matters most. Harried people often fail to list a fleeting thought (“I need to follow up with Chris”) and, as a result, forget it.

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.
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