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Effective Time Management - Top 10 Tips

Karen E Williams
 


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Most people know the importance of effective time management. If you plan your day, it is easier to get things done. If you prioritise your tasks and complete them in the right order, it can make you feel you are in control. This can then give you the confidence and self conviction to proceed.

I learnt the concept of Eat That Frog from Brian Tracy's book of the same name. According, to Brian Tracy, your frog is your biggest, most important task. It is the one you are most likely to put off and the one which is likely to have the most impact on your life. And think, if you don't eat your frog today, it will become bigger and uglier and more difficult to eat!

So, develop the following new habits today to complete your most difficult tasks, and raise your confidence, energy and self-esteem. Follow my rules to success:

1. Before you eat your frog, you need to determine what it is. Clarify what you want to achieve. When you are clear about your goals, it makes it easier to overcome procrastination.

2. Make sure that your goals or plans are written down and feel the achievement when you have crossed things off your list.

3. Set a time deadline on the achievement of your goal, it makes it easier to measure your success.

4. It may help you to break down your goal into specific tasks, then start on the first step. Small steps each day will help to make it happen.

5. Consider what tasks or activities will give you the best outcome and return on your time. The 80/20 rule may help. This means that 20% of all your activities will account for 80% of your results. If you achieve the most important things, you will get the best return on your time.

6. When you are prioritising your tasks, consider the consequences of doing or not doing something. This will help you to evaluate the significance of the most important tasks.

7. When you have decided what you are going to do, prepare thoroughly before you begin. So clear your desk and have everything you need laid out in front of you before you start.

8. Planning is essential. Plan every day in advance. Every minute you spend planing can save you 5-10 minutes in actually doing the task. Now you need to decide which part of the frog you want to eat first!

9. Know when to seek help. If you need assistance or advice to help you achieve your goal, ask for it.

10. Have confidence in your own abilities. Think back to things that you have accomplished in the past for confirmation that you can succeed.

Copyright Karen Williams 2007. All Rights Reserved

Karen Williams is a Life and Career Development Coach and runs her own coaching practice, Self Discovery Coaching. She has over ten years experience of working in Human Resources, training, coaching and management roles and is a Chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

For more information and to sign up for the free Self Discovery newsletter, go to http://www.selfdiscoverycoaching.co.uk/ .

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