This is a monthly electronic magazine for anyone who wants to be a better leader, coach, facilitator, or simply, to tune up their people skills. It is a complimentary publication, devoted to the next evolution of Quality Thinking.
Publisher: © Key Associates, LLC, 2006 ISSN # 1545-8873
“Anybody who accepts mediocrity – in school, on the job, in life – is a person who compromises, and when the leader compromises, the whole organization compromises.” — Charles Knight
“Half our life is trying to find something to do with the time we have rushed through life trying to save.” — Will Rogers
“Time is life.” — Alan Lakein
“The time to relax is – when you don't have time for it.” — Sidney J. Harris
Time is the only thing you cannot create more of. As a leader you must juggle priorities, efficiently produce volumes of work, and coordinate others to meet the goals of your organization – to produce “value” (quality at a reasonable cost). The scheduling of your time is a major asset to the organization. Use your calendar to create space for important activities. This includes: creative think time, time to return phone calls, due dates, meeting times (including open office hours), time to complete administrivia, and personal goals. Start each day by planning that day, and review your accomplishments at the end of the day. Look at your time as an investment, and determine what has the greatest pay-off for you and your organization.
These can be further sub-divided by A-1, A-2, etc. Make sure you hit the “A's” in the course of a day, and try to delegate or eliminate the “C's.” Your A items are guided by your lifetime goals. Set goals, clear clutter, and stay focused. A similar system is to flowchart the steps in your work processes and classify them by:
See Keyzine: Lean Does Not Have to Be Mean.
Time management seminars: The Productivity Institute.
Free guide to eliminate time wasters and common mistakes: Time Thoughts.
Time management skills from Mind Tools: Time Management.
Scheduling software: Goal Pro.
The pickle jar theory of time management: Time Management: The Pickle Jar Theory.
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