10 Steps to Better Time Management
Act on It! by Sam Deep and Lyle Sussman has some great information for tough management challenges. They have put together a list of 10 steps that can help you manage your time better. If you’re doing the first 5 steps, you need some help managing your time!
- Make the best use of the assistance available to you. Delegate!
- Ask yourself “Is this the best use of my time right now?”
- Use an effective calendar-management system.
- Use the time productively when you are waiting for others.
- Be sure to have what you need at your fingertips with minimum of searching.
- Less than 10 percent of your workday should be spent on routine activities such as record keeping and repetitive tasks.
- Avoid misguided activities such as aimless conversations and working on tasks other than your highest priority.
- Do not spend your day on wasted activities such as nonproductive interruptions and procrastinating. Interruptions are time stealers. Make them quick and to the point!
- Crisis activities such as responding to emergencies and dealing with interpersonal conflict should be less than 20 percent of your day.
- At least half of your workday should be spent on strategic activities such as learning, planning, creating and achieving.