Working efficiently implies identifying your priorities by the book. Some things are always more important than others. But it is also very easy to underestimate the importance of such a principle. In other words, you risk altering your efficiency without even realizing it.
Years ago, the Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto has given a “law” that carries his name. The law is also know as the 80/20 law. This simple rapport reunites the cause and effect through a simple equation. While there are plenty of exceptions to this law, it can easily apply to numerous activities. So what does it mean? Continue reading →
You might be surprised to find out that some time management methods actually require an initial time investment. It sounds like a paradox to spend time in order to save time. However, this principle is very clear. Ignoring it might become a real block in your business.
There are numerous methods to ensure that your time is properly used. While some methods only require a few seconds, many others ask for plenty of time. Besides, some managers may also require some extra time in order to work in a different manner. Delegating tasks is usually a good starting point. You have probably thought about it already. In your opinion, some things require less time if you do them yourself. In 80% of the cases, the feeling is correct. But be very careful because all these things lose their availability if something intervenes. What if the phone rings? What if someone asks for some information? What if you require an hour or two to find the information? There are cases when such an interruption simply does not take more than 5 minutes. Continue reading →
Any time management plan is just as good as the goals or objectives it comprises of. Therefore, objectives represent some of the main factors that influence the actual management. From this point of view, it is highly recommended to decide on some goals upfront. It is said that if you have no clue where you want to reach to, you do not need any directions. Just go randomly and you will eventually reach somewhere. My general advice is to have very specific goals. A lot of people have general objectives that are not too precise. They simply come up with some random expectations, without bothering to dig some more. Continue reading →
Everyone can agree that you have to properly plan your work, then work on your plan in the smallest details. There are no doubts that a real progress in time management asks for a detailed plan. It must be written on a piece of paper, revised and updated on a regular basis. For a lot of people, this is actually a daily task. However, this is the primary goal of your activities.
From this point of view, make sure that your plan is adaptable. It should not just be constantly updated, but it should also provide detailed hints on what you have to do later today, tomorrow or a year from now. Therefore, it should be very accurate, especially when it comes to the immediate future. When you have to plan everything, there are both clear and unclear factors. The yearly budget is one of the clear aspects, while many others are hard to anticipate. Continue reading →
Absolutely any kind of improvement to your time management means that you already know how to properly allocate your working time. However, most people are unable to provide a precise answer. Instead, they have to actually check their calendar entries and figure out when they have some free time. Continue reading →