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100 Great Time Management Ideas

Book Description

Are you looking for some great ideas or inspiration to manage your time better? This book contains 100 great ideas, extracted from leading companies and individuals from around the world. In an age when people of all levels are struggling to cope wiith the demands on their time, just one simple idea can be the catalyst to change that. This book can be that very catalyst. Each time management idea is succinctly described and is followed by advice on how it can be applied to the reader's own situation. A simple but potenitally powerful book for anyone seeking new inspiration and that killer application.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Introduction
  6. The ideas
    1. 1 See where time goes now
    2. 2 Plan, work—work, plan
    3. 3 Setting clear objectives
    4. 4 Speculate to accumulate
    5. 5 Using Pareto’s law
    6. 6 Tackling the tyranny of the urgent versus the important
    7. 7 Give clear instructions
    8. 8 Beware favorites
    9. 9 Use a “document parking” system
    10. 10 Aim at influencing particular result areas
    11. 11 Make use of checklists
    12. 12 Use abstracts
    13. 13 The best assistant
    14. 14 Communicate with your secretary
    15. 15 Be brief
    16. 16 A clear diary
    17. 17 What kind of system?
    18. 18 Good, better, best . . . acceptable
    19. 19 Trust the computer?
    20. 20 Cancellation as a time saver
    21. 21 Motivate your people
    22. 22 Thinking ahead
    23. 23 See the broad picture
    24. 24 Avoiding a common confusion
    25. 25 “Everybody’s gone surfing, surfing . . .”
    26. 26 And let’s send a copy to . . .
    27. 27 Telephone efficiency
    28. 28 A little help from some “special” friends
    29. 29 Give yourself some time rules
    30. 30 Don’t write
    31. 31 Avoid purposeless meetings
    32. 32 Handling telephone interruptions
    33. 33 Keep papers safe and tidy
    34. 34 Do not put it in writing
    35. 35 A magic word
    36. 36 The productive breather
    37. 37 Write faster
    38. 38 A cosmic danger
    39. 39 Morning, noon, or night
    40. 40 Technology to the rescue
    41. 41 Time to stay put
    42. 42 When being regular is a problem
    43. 43 Time to get noticed
    44. 44 The most time-saving object in your office
    45. 45 What I meant to say . . .
    46. 46 Avoiding meeting mayhem
    47. 47 In the beginning—or not?
    48. 48 The conflict/time equation
    49. 49 Too many head chefs
    50. 50 An idea that generates ideas
    51. 51 Reward yourself
    52. 52 Best time for appointments
    53. 53 But I know where everything is
    54. 54 One thing at a time—together
    55. 55 At the bottom of the pile
    56. 56 Resolve to “blitz the bits”
    57. 57 “If I had wanted it tomorrow I would have asked for it tomorrow”
    58. 58 Be secure
    59. 59 Where you are may be as important as what you do
    60. 60 Do a swap
    61. 61 Food for thought
    62. 62 Less in touch, more time
    63. 63 In times of (travel) trouble
    64. 64 While you were away
    65. 65 “Well, it’s always been done like this”
    66. 66 I was just passing
    67. 67 Encourage and help others
    68. 68 To meet or not to meet . . .
    69. 69 Categorize to maintain the balance
    70. 70 On occasion, let’s talk
    71. 71 Well spotted
    72. 72 Fighting the plague
    73. 73 Let the plant grow
    74. 74 Over to you
    75. 75 Know when to leave well alone
    76. 76 Is that the time?
    77. 77 Making it clear
    78. 78 Soldiering on
    79. 79 Driven to distractions
    80. 80 A clear agenda = a shorter meeting
    81. 81 The most time-saving phrase in the English language
    82. 82 Work to rule!
    83. 83 A balancing act
    84. 84 Avoid duplicating information unnecessarily
    85. 85 The right methodology?
    86. 86 Make skills save time
    87. 87 Timing and meetings
    88. 88 Plan your journey
    89. 89 Working the plan
    90. 90 Allow for the unexpected
    91. 91 So cats can play
    92. 92 Coping with IT change
    93. 93 Time to tell a white lie?
    94. 94 On the move
    95. 95 Never compete with interruptions
    96. 96 Meetings: where to hold them
    97. 97 A time-aware team
    98. 98 More possibilities
    99. 99 Focus on what achieves results
    100. 100 Follow Sinatra
    101. Appendix 1: Chairing a meeting
    102. Appendix 2: Delegating