Time Management: Proven Techniques for Making Every Minute Count


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Stop! Instead of listing your important tasks, schedule them with a start time and end time. This will help you create a mini-plan for each task, and a workable, productive agenda for your ...

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Are you a slave to your to-do list? At the end of the day, is your list longer than when you started? Are you awash in a sea of sticky notes and memos?

Stop! Instead of listing your important tasks, schedule them with a start time and end time. This will help you create a mini-plan for each task, and a workable, productive agenda for your day.

This is just one tip from Time Management, Second Edition. And there's more-a lot more. You'll learn how to:

  • Distinguish between the important and the urgent
  • Say "No" and avoid time-wasting tasks
  • Delegate for greater productivity
  • Communicate more effectively
  • Understand the many time-management software programs available
  • Cope with stress

This book provides both a framework for building a personal time philosophy and the real-world tips and techniques for becoming more efficient and productive.

You have more time than you think. Time Management, Second Edition will help you find it.

Richard Walsh is a publishing professional who specializes in career books. He edits the annual National JobBank. He lives in Boston.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598697650
  • Publisher: Adams Media
  • Publication date: 6/1/2008
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction     ix
Is Time Out of Control?     1
Riding the Adrenaline High     6
Simple Symptoms and Scary Consequences of Hurry Sickness     7
Reports of the "Death of Work" Premature     8
We Have Seen the Enemy, and It Is Us     9
Just What Is Time, Anyway?     10
Are You Really as Busy as You Think?     13
How We're Really Spending Our Time     15
Super-Size My Day     16
Logging Your Time     18
Busy or Productive?     23
The Need for Busywork     25
Are You Guilty?     28
Avoiding Busywork     29
Can You Really Manage Time?     31
Can You Change?     33
Just What Can You Do about the Time Crunch?     34
Limits to the Traditional Time Management Approach     35
So That's Where the Time Really Goes!     37
Some Initial Changes to Get Control of Your Time     38
Use the To-Do List Effectively     39
The To-Do List from Hell     42
The Day as You Really Live It     43
Suggestions for Creating a Healthy To-Do List     44
Get Started     53
Jump-Start Each WorkSession     55
Eight Ways to Get a Fast Start     55
Is Your Life a Constant Come-from-Behind Rally?     61
Call a Time Out     64
Taking Mini-Vacations Every Day     64
Seven Ways to Go on Vacation Without Leaving Your Desk     64
Why the Two-Minute Break Works     67
Free 21-Day Satisfaction-Guaranteed Tension Trial     68
Get Organized     69
Recognize the Reality     72
Capture the Tasks     73
Define     74
Prioritize     75
Schedule     77
Evaluation     80
Is It Really Important-or Merely Urgent?     81
The Dilemma of the Ringing Telephone     84
Is It Important or Merely Urgent?     86
The Secret of Time Management Revealed: Why We Waste Time on Trivia and Don't Spend Enough Time on Essentials     87
Asking the "Want To/Have To" Question     88
Knowing When Time Isn't Really the Problem     89
Why You'll Never Be Able to "Find" Time     89
Ways to Avoid Time Traps     91
The One-on-One Meeting     93
What's Wrong with "Buzz Off"?     94
What about That Old Standby, "No"?      95
The Golden Rule Applied to Three Little Words     95
The Group Meeting     96
Maximize Your Meeting Productivity     97
Seven Time Management Tips for Managers     101
Never Waste Their Time     103
Make Sure the Time Savers Are Really Saving Time     103
Separate the Important from the Merely Urgent for Your Staff     104
Tell Them Why     105
Allow Them Enough Time for the Task     105
Encourage Them to Do One Thing Well-at a Time     106
Have Productive Staff Meetings     106
Learning to Say "No"     109
Why We May Have Trouble Saying "No"     111
Why All That "Yes" Sneaks Up on You     113
How Many Jobs Do You Have?     114
A Qualitative Method for Computing the Cost of Your Commitments     114
Another Subjective Method for Trimming the Activity List     116
The "Something's Got to Give" Theory     117
Heartless or Practical?     118
How to Say "No"     119
Communications     121
Tips for Writing It Right-and Fast-the First Time     123
A Cautionary Note about Editing     127
A Few Cautions About Instant Writing     128
How to Control Paper Flow     131
10 Ways to Reduce, Control, and Eliminate Paper     133
Turn Downtime into Productive Time     139
Why Don't Adults Get Bored?     141
The Wrong Way to Do Away with Waiting     143
One Way to Eliminate Some of the Waiting     144
Make the Wait Matter Less     144
You'll Always Have to Wait     144
How to Use the Wait Time: Three Steps That Will Make You More Productive and Less Stressed     145
Results of Turning the Wait into a Rest     148
Procrastination     149
Six Reasons Why We Procrastinate and Six Strategies to Put Off Putting Off     151
The Magic Bullet for Procrastination     158
Time Management for Students     159
Principles of Time Management for Students     161
Time Management for Project Management     165
Where to Start     167
Building a Project Framework     169
Task Allocation     170
Time Estimating     170
Managing the Project     171
Quality Control     172
Summary     172
Time Management Software?     173
The Future Is Here     176
Project Management Software     177
Information Capture, Sharing, and Development Software     178
Collaboration Software     179
Personal Organization Software and To-Do List Managers     179
Just Don't Do It!     181
How to Eliminate Unnecessary Steps     183
Two More Forms of Unnecessary Work-Busy Work and Work Avoidance Work     184
The "Not-To-Do" List and the "Let Others Do It" List     185
Delegating, Swapping, and Letting Go     186
Do It Now, Do It Later, or Do It Never     188
Peeling Off the Layers of Perfection: The "Good Enough" Tenet of Time Management     189
Whose Drum Do You March To?     191
Learn to Keep Time to Your Own Rhythms     193
What Would You Do if You Could Do Whatever You Wanted To?     194
So, What Can You Do about It?     195
How to Find Your Rhythm     196
Are You Getting Enough Sleep?     201
How Much Sleep Is Enough, Anyway?     203
The "Normal" Sleep Cycle     205
So, What Should You Do about Sleeping?     207
Six Steps for Getting a Good Night's Sleep     208
If Sleeplessness Persists     210
Is It a Problem or Just a Pattern?     211
The War on Stress     213
The Parable of the Mice in the Refrigerator     217
The Fun Stuff Is Also Stressful     217
The Bozo Factor     218
Stress Happens     220
Being Blessedly Stressed     220
Three Great Lies of Our Age     221
The Fundamental Truth about Stress     222
How You Can Reduce Your Stress Levels     223
Don't Let Worry Rob You of Time and Energy     229
Three Ways to Worry     231
Measuring the Worth of Worry     232
Ten Ways to Get Rid of Your Worries     232
The Five Faces of Worry     237
What to Do When It's More Than Worry     239
Make Time to Think     241
Why You Shut Yourself Off from Your Good Ideas     243
Welcoming the Ah-Ha!     244
Creating the Ah-Ha on Demand     245
New Age? Nonsense     250
Create a Values-Based Time Management Plan     251
Does the Way You Spend Your Time Truly Reflect Your Values?     254
Are You Mistaken about Your Priorities?     255
Why Aren't You Spending Time on the Important Stuff?     256
Live a Values-Centered Life     258
Index     263
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