Real-World Time Management

By Roy Alexander; Michael S. Dobson | Go to book overview

CHAPTER 8
HOW TO AVOID SELF-INFLICTED DELAY

“One of these days is none of these days!”

—OLD ENGLISH PROVERB

Be realistic. Many time eaters are not under your control:
A command attendance at your boss's daughter's graduation
Your best customer's expressed desire to see a Broadway show
A surprise audit appointment with the IRS

Better heed all three. The greater good is at stake.

Do command performances play hob with your time management plans? Yes. But viewed in the context of priority-activated decisions, each qualifies superbly. (To test: Askyourself, “What will happen if I don't?” You'll get a fast answer.)

So your overall priority sense bids you heed some surprises from outside. On the other hand, other time wasters are self-inflicted. Anytime you cause your own delay you are trashing your own time and need to look for solutions.

Solutions for self-flagellation do exist. Take the problems in turn.


MAKING DECISIONS

The effective manager welcomes decision making: the basic stuff, the protoplasm, of management. Decisions are what you're paid to make. In each case,

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