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How Good is Your Time Management? - Time Management Training from MindTools

How Good is Your Time Management? - Time Management Training from MindTools
Discover Time Management Tools That Can Help You © iStockphoto How often do you find yourself running out of time? Weekly, daily, hourly? For many people, it seems that there's just never enough time in the day to get everything done. When you know how to manage your time you gain control of what you achieve. Take this self-test quiz to identify the aspects of time management that you need most help with. How Good is Your Time Management? Instructions For each statement, click the button in the column that best describes you. Your last quiz results are shown. You last completed this quiz on , at . Questions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 still need to be answered! As you answered the questions, you probably had some insight into areas where your time management could use a pick-me-up. (Questions 6, 10) Your score is 0 out of 0 To start managing time effectively, you need to set goals. People tend to neglect goal setting because it requires time and effort. (Questions 2)

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Mind Tools - Management Training, Leadership Training and Career Training The Urgent/Important Matrix - Time Management Skills from MindTools Using Time Effectively, Not Just Efficiently © iStockphotoblackred Focus on your most important work. Imagine that your boss has asked you to prepare an important presentation for the next board meeting. Time management What do you need to do? The first step towards taking control of your time is to brainstorm all your incomplete projects. Don't start doing things at this stage; just make sure you capture everything. The exception is when something will take less than two minutes: do it straight away. Also, don't start planning when you will do things, just focus on getting a complete inventory of what you need to do. Mind sweep checklist (PDF)Use this as a prompt to capture everything you need to get done.

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How to Go From Working 60 Hours a Week to 40 By Sending 2 Emails a Week I’m convinced 95% of cubicle workers who work over 60 hours a week constantly can cut it down to 40-45 hours by sending 2 emails a week to their boss: Email #1: What you plan on getting done this week Email #2: What you actually got done this week That’s it. These 2 emails will prevent you from working 60 hours a week, while improving your relationship with your boss and getting the best work you’ve ever done.

Free Planners After years of struggling with the planners designed for and by office workers, I figured out that it wasn’t me that was the problem: it was the design of the planners. Creative people approach their work differently. Most of us don’t work 8–5, and we don’t have projects that we can plan to get done during the same times each day. The limiting factor for us is not the amount of time we have available, but rather the type of time we have available. 8 Great Tools to Block Online Distractions The problem with the web is there's just so much of it; an endless tide of funny videos, pop quizzes, and social alerts ready to distract you from other, more urgent tasks at hand. We wouldn't say there's anything inherently wrong with killing time online, but if you really need to buckle down on an important job then these tools should help. KeepMeOut KeepMeOut works in any browser, creating customised bookmarks that you use in place of standard links. For example: instead of opening Facebook as you normally would, follow the KeepMeOut bookmark for Facebook. You can set limits on how often you can visit each website in a certain amount of time, and configure KeepMeOut to only operate during specific periods of the day.

A Life of Productivity – 100 time, energy, and attention hacks to be more productive When I graduated University with a business degree last May, I received two incredible full-time job offers, both of which I declined because I had a plan. For exactly one year, from May 1, 2013, through May 1, 2014, I would devour everything I could get my hands on about productivity, and write every day about the lessons I learned on A Year of Productivity. Over the last 12 months I have conducted countless productivity experiments on myself, interviewed some of the most productive people in the world, and read a ton of books and academic literature on productivity, all to explore how I could become as productive as possible, and then write about the lessons I learned. One year, 197 articles, and over one million hits later, I’ve reached the end of my year-long journey, but not before going out with a bang. This article’s a long one, but it’s pretty skimmable!

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