Essential Time Management and Organisation

Essential Time Management and Organisation: A Pocket Guide

SARAH COOK
Copyright Date: 2011
Published by: IT Governance Publishing
Pages: 50
https://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctt5hh72n
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    Essential Time Management and Organisation
    Book Description:

    Today’s working environment moves at a very fast pace and, at times, it can be difficult to keep up. Expectations are high, and there are so many things competing for our attention. On top of the workload, we’re interrupted by the phone ringing, e-mails landing in the inbox, people dropping in the office and, before we know it, the day has passed and we’ve only achieved half of what we intended to do. If any of this sounds familiar, then this book is for you! Essential Time Management and Organisation will help you transform the way you work and regain control of your working day. This clear and concise guide offers tried and tested techniques for organising your time and achieving your goals.

    eISBN: 978-1-84928-303-8
    Subjects: Business

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. 2-4)
  2. PREFACE
    (pp. 5-5)
    Sarah Cook
  3. ABOUT THE AUTHOR
    (pp. 6-6)
  4. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
    (pp. 7-7)
  5. Table of Contents
    (pp. 8-9)
  6. CHAPTER 1: HOW SUCCESSFUL ARE YOU AS A TIME MANAGER?
    (pp. 10-15)

    One thing that is immutable in this world is the number of hours we have in a day. The challenge for the business professional is to make the best use of the time that they spend at work, so that they are both efficient (doing things right) and effective (doing the right things).

    I am sure we all go to work with good intentions, but many of us fail to achieve the key tasks of the day. Distractions, competing priorities and the sheer volume of work can all mean that projects slip, objectives and KPIs are not met and stress...

  7. CHAPTER 2: SETTING OBJECTIVES, GOALS AND PRIORITIES
    (pp. 16-20)

    I imagine that you may have a goal in mind in reading this book: perhaps to improve your time management and effectiveness? At work, whatever our responsibilities, we have goals, objectives and targets that we have to meet. The place to start when improving your time management is to be clear about your key performance indicators. These are the criteria by which your performance will be measured. They outline what you have to achieve, how to achieve it and by when.

    This chapter will help you clarify your goals and objectives. In it, I will also introduce a practical process...

  8. CHAPTER 3: PLANNING YOUR TIME
    (pp. 21-27)

    Having set and/or clarified your objectives and key priorities, you can now plan your time. In this chapter, we will look at typical problems that arise when planning activities and how to overcome them.

    Some people like to plan and be organised; others tend to let things happen as they come along, and are unplanned and unstructured. In order to be an effective time manager, you need to create a plan and stick to it.

    A common problem when planning is the temptation to look more widely at what needs to be achieved in the week, or the month, or...

  9. CHAPTER 4: AVOIDING TIMEWASTERS
    (pp. 28-35)

    There may be aspects of your daily life where you are wasting, not saving, time. In this chapter, we will look at how you can make use of your peak energy time, how to analyse where you are spending your time, how to identify timewasters and take action to overcome these.

    Before identifying what is wasting your time, it is useful to analyse when during the day you are at your best – when you have the most energy and, therefore, when you are likely to achieve more.

    By answering the following questions, you can find out whether you are a...

  10. CHAPTER 5: E-MAIL MANAGEMENT
    (pp. 36-39)

    A vast proportion of work activity is now centred around e-mails. Although they are a powerful business tool, unless you control and manage them, response times can slip, and critical actions and deadlines will be missed. In this chapter, we will look at a useful approach to managing your emails. The principles apply to whatever e-mail application you use.

    Do you look at your e-mails and reply to them throughout the day? Are you a slave to instant messaging and/or the alerts that notify you every time you receive an e-mail?

    I appreciate that it is important to scan e-mails...

  11. CHAPTER 6: DELEGATION TECHNIQUES
    (pp. 40-43)

    When it comes to becoming a better time manager, the ability to delegate is a fundamental skill. Delegation will help you achieve tasks by sharing decision making and authority, whilst retaining the ultimate accountability for a task. In this chapter, we will consider why some people are reluctant to delegate, and I will provide some tips on how to delegate effectively.

    Whilst I advocate that you concentrate personally on those tasks whose success depends on you, it is a proven fact that a greater number of tasks can be achieved by a number of people, rather than relying on a...

  12. CHAPTER 7: SUMMARY AND OVERVIEW OF TIME MANAGEMENT TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES
    (pp. 44-47)

    In this short guide, I have provided tools and techniques to improve your time management skills. By way of a summary, this chapter gives you the opportunity to review some of the principle techniques in this book and to identify key areas where you wish to improve.

    The ideas on the following pages will help you to become a better time manager. In order to achieve this, read all the tips and then select the two that you believe are the most important in helping you become better organised. This may not seem very many, but the reason I recommend...

  13. ITG RESOURCES
    (pp. 48-50)