Most people are aware of the benefits of good time management. Still, however, most of us waste time daily and don’t develop effective management skills that keep us on schedule, or better yet, ahead of schedule. Instead, it is common to hear someone in the workplace say they are behind on their work, or to see people arrive late to meetings. Below are five facts of effective time management from your friends at Dale Carnegie Training of Atlanta that may help you stay on time:
1. An hour of proper planning can save you ten hours of doing. Don’t head into big projects without setting out goals, how you will achieve those goals, and the most important part, setting times by which they have to be accomplished. This will save you a lot of time trying to make decisions on the spot that will make the project take a lot longer.
2. Use a to-do list. It helps out a lot if you find that when you finish a step you need to look at what you need to do next, especially if they aren’t connected steps or even part of the same project. Most of us are working on more than one thing at a time. Make yourself accountable to one thing, the list.
3. A project will usually spread into the time allotted for it. If you only put one thing on your to do list, you are most likely to spread it through the day. If you add another thing to the list in the early part of the day, you will probably get them both done. If you have six or seven things on the list, you might still be able to get them all done in the course of a day. At the very least it will be a huge improvement over the one thing you were going to get done before.
4. Take a speed-reading course. The average reading speed is two hundred words per minute. Most people have to read for at least two hours a day for work. A speed-reading course can double your reading speed and give you another hour to do more productive things.
5. Take an hour a day for self-improvement. If you spend one full hour a day on a topic you want to improve in, that is seven hours a week (almost a full work day), and 365 hours a year (more than two straight weeks without sleep). This will help you become proficient and even master any topic of your choice.
Remember that time management isn’t just about doing things faster, but also about doing the right things the first time.
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