Jun 13, 2012
When we have identified our tasks for the week ahead, we now want to allocate time for each tasks into our weekly schedule:
1. Estimate the time you need
2. Schedule the highest priority items
3. Consider when you're most effective
4. Treat this scheduled work as you would a meeting or appointment
5. Look at your unscheduled time - this gives you flexibility.
This is good practice for maintaining effective time management.
Jun 13, 2012
Another planning tool is to batch your work. By batching work in your day, it allows you to focus on one activity for a period of time. An example of batching may be making all your phone calls at once. Reading and dealing with your emails at a certain time of the day, not stopping and starting throughout your day every time an email alert occurs [turn off the email alert immediately]. Shopping is another area that's great to batch. Go to the shops once a week and complete all the items, it saves time and petrol driving to the shops, getting a park, packing goods into the car, driving home and unpacking them at hom
Jun 6, 2012
At the end of your working day or of an evening ,you'll list what needs to be accomplished the next day -- not what you "have to-do" but what you "want to-do". Once this list is complete, you'll rate it in order of importance or highest priority. Ensure you're looking at your weekly plan then combining it with other priorities that have arisen. Another strategy to develop your time management skills.
Jun 6, 2012
We may delay a task or project because we're feeling overwhelmed by the size of it or we don't know where to start. We start by brainstorming the steps. Chunking is taking a big [or overwhelming] job and breaking it down into smaller components. This is a fantastic way to help with scheduling because you can break a large job down into smaller parts. This video contains an example so that you can chunk your way to more efficient time management.
May 30, 2012
This step is crucial in increasing your productivity. By increasing our focus we concentrate more, and we're more likely to get into the 'work flow'. We become more engaged in the work we're doing and we often get more enjoyment from it. When we're not focused, the job takes longer, we can make more mistakes and the quality is not to the standard we are aiming for. What are some ways we can increase our focus? The video contains some terrific time management tactics.