Seven Tips For Effective Time Management

Consultant Highlights, Issue #003 -- Time Management Tips For Success

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Seven key, time management tips are offered to help you with the core part of your business, and give you a logical structure for your business. Having a structure will help you measure your progress, and adjust your efforts as needed.

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Tip #1 - A daily to do list is the first and most important part of effective time management. It gives you goals to achieve and keeps you focused.

Some time management experts have discarded the daily to do list as a waste of time. They are taking this position most likely because if you don't use a to do list properly it is indeed a waste of time.

Put no more than 3 to 5 items on your daily to do list. That way 60% to 100% of items on the list will get done. And, only put items on the list that matter most in terms of accomplishing your short and long term goals.

Putting 10 or more items on the daily to do list overwhelms you and freezes your action. You will look at that long list and get overwhelmed, and do nothing, or maybe 1 or 2 items.

Tip #2 - Daily planning is a necessary part of time management. It only takes about 5 minutes to plan key items that you need to do each day. It really doesn't matter what time of day you plan for the next day.

Tip #3 - Prioritizing your daily time management activities is critical. There is only so much time in the day, and you can only get so much done. Without priorities you will waste valuable time on activities that don't drive your business or personal life forward.

Tip #4 - Focus is another key time management tool. In today's world of high tech there are any numbers of things that can take your focus off of what you need to be doing. It takes a great deal of will power to stay focused when so many people around you are distracted willingly by current trends.

Tip #5 - Protect your time by insulating, isolating and delegating. Insulate yourself by removing potential time wasters such as friends that don't share your goals or working in an environment not conducive to what you want to get done.

Isolate activities into categories that don't distract you from your focus. And, delegate things to other people in your business or work group that can get done the things that you don't need to be doing, and that can be done better by someone with a skill set oriented to those activities.

Tip #6 - Use computer software tools that can help you complete projects, and manage your time on a daily basis. Automating your daily planning activities by using a computer managed calendar and scheduling tool is an example.

Tip #7 - Monitor how you use your time. Each day take a few minutes to take inventory of what you accomplished, and what you should have accomplished. Then, make adjustments as necessary. It takes a lot of energy and work to manage your time effectively.

In conclusion, doing the above things will bring excellent results for your business. These are business development management tips that will help you prevent failure.