Improving Time Management Skills

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Improve Your Time Management Skills - 16 Time Management Tips To Help You Power Through Your Tasks! In the absence of time management skills there is that last minute rush which can often leave tasks with sloppy results or at worst incomplete. This disorganised approach creates unnecessary stress which is then compounded by the fact that those expecting you to "come up with the goods" being disappointed in you. Unresolved, this behaviour can create a cycle of diminishing self confidence and worsening performance.

Most of us have heard of the Pareto Principal, also known as the 80/20 rule. This rule can be applied to many things but in relation to time management it unfortunately means that 80% of unfocussed effort generates just 20% of potential
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11. Breaks - keep any scheduled breaks to a set time and DON 'T run over!

12. Just say no - there will be many times in life when we can 't get all of the things that we want to do, done. You may well just have to say no. If you keep saying yes to everyone all the time in your work and personal life, your tasks and responsibilities will soon get beyond you. If you do say no, do it in the most constructive and polite way possible

13. Outsource and Delegate

i) Delegate - look for someone else who is capable of carrying out some of the tasks that you have to do. You have to pick the jobs and the people to do them wisely, and then trust them to get on with it. There 's no point in you delegating a task to someone and then standing over them the whole time checking what they 're doing, you won 't be saving any time that way! If you don 't feel confident with someone completing a whole task, you could ask them to do part of it, for example, if you have to write an article, ask the person to do the research for you, ask them to scour the internet for relevant information and copy and paste it into a document that you can use as a reference when writing your
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Be careful to check their previous work to see how good they are and when you 're confident of someone 's abilities, you can use them over and over again to save you time. If you do this wisely it will save you money as well if your time costs more than theirs. Using outsourcers will also make you more money as your productivity will increase with the more good outsourcers you choose to use.

14. Nothing is perfect - if you are unable to finish a task until you think it 's perfect, you 'll probably never finish it. All you can do, is the best you can do, in the time available. A finished imperfect task is going to be infinitely preferable to an unfinished imperfect task!

15. Probe deadlines - when someone says something is urgent, check that it really is by finding out more details such as; who wants it, when, why, what for etc. and then prioritise it

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