Magazine article Management Today

Brainfood: Your Route to the Top - Manage Your Time Well

Magazine article Management Today

Brainfood: Your Route to the Top - Manage Your Time Well

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Take control. Next time someone asks you to do something, even if it's your boss, pause to think about whether it is the right thing for you to do at all, let alone now.

When you say no, stick to it. It's the only way to get control of your day. Pick your battles, say it politely, provide alternative suggestions and don't back down.

Maintain focus in meetings. If a meeting seems to be wandering, bring it back on track. Ask others what they want to achieve, then decide together the most time-efficient way of getting there.

Make the most of dead time. Always have a list of ongoing projects noted somewhere (at the back of your diary, say, or on your BlackBerry) and carry it with you wherever you go. You can work on these items while you are waiting for meetings or stuck on a train.

Match task to mood. Decide what times of the day (or week) you have your highest and lowest levels of concentration and organise your activities accordingly. …

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