Real-World Time Management

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CHAPTER 7
AVE PRIORITY TIME BY REDUCING STRESS

“Thus the whirligig of time brings in his revenges. “

—SHAKESPEARE

One intense young manager told his analyst about his round-and-round problem: “The work causes my stress. Then the stress keeps me from doing my work. I'm on a downhill spiral.”“Outline a typical day,” the analyst said. The manager started his oration. After 15 minutes, the analyst held up his hand in protest.“That's enough! You've just detailed enough to keep you going for two days. You need a system of time management keyed to priorities. The sure knowledge that you're in charge of yourself is the surest way to relieve stress.”“Of course I know about time management,” the manager said. “It takes all the fun out of work.”The analyst shook his head. “If forgetting appointments, missing deadlines, and working until midnight is fun, be my guest! But if you find these problems bring on stress—as they do in your case—then you've got to take your time schedule in hand.”Here are some other solutions that squelch stress by means of scientific time control:
Cancel all meetings. Michael, CEO of a heating/ventilation/air-conditioning (HVAC) manufacturer in Ontario, found that much stress stemmed

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