151 Quick Ideas to Manage Your Time

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ReadHowYouWant.com, 2008 - Business & Economics - 240 pages
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You live your life squeezing too many activities and responsibilities into too few time slots. Managing this schedule has become an all-consuming chore. And you're so stressed that your relationships and job performance suffer. Why? Because you organize your time poorly: You spend five years of your life waiting in lines, three years in meetings, and two years playing telephone tag! You get interrupted 73 times a day, interfering with your productivity, and take an hour of work home every night, reducing the time with the people you love. But you can solve these problems. This book presents 151 quick and easy ways to do so. Each idea comes from real world experiences of people like you - people who are discovering unique solutions to the time crunch we all face every day.....Bob Dittmer has more than 25 years of experience in public relations, marketing, and higher education. He currently serves as a faculty member in the School of Journalism at Indiana University, Purdue University, Indianapolis, after more than 15 years as an adjunct faculty member with colleges and universities around the country, in both graduate and undergraduate programs. He teaches public relations courses, is responsible for managing the public relations sequence, and serves as the marketing and retention officer for the school. He has served as the director of media relations for both an American government organization with responsibilities for all of Europe, as well as for a major NATO organization with responsibilities for public information management worldwide. Bob has more than 15 years experience in public relations and advertising agencies, working on a wide variety of clients in both business-to-business and business-to-consumer arenas. He is also an author and literary agent. With a B.A. from John Carroll University and an M.A. in Communication from Marshall University, and accreditation from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), he is also dedicated to his profession. He was the 1998 President of the Hoosier (Indiana) Chapter, PRSA. He also served as 1999 Chair of PRSA's National Association Section and as Chair of PRSA's East Central District in 2001 (five states) and remains on the Board of Directors of the Hoosier Chapter. Bob was elected to membership in the Indianapolis Public Relations Society in 1998.Bob has spent years experiencing and examining almost every kind of time-waster you can imagine. Over the years he has collected the ideas he and others have developed to solve these time challenges. This has led to the book 151 Quick Ideas to Manage Your Time. He is currently at work editing another of the 151 Quick Ideas books as well as co-writing another book on writing. Bob and his wife, Susan, live in Indianapolis.
 

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Yet on page 25. But seems really good to continue. Example:''Procrastination is one of the most significant causes of lost time and overtime.'' Read full review

Contents

Quick Ideas to Manage Your Time
1
Consider a Time Study
3
Assess Your Problem Areas
4
Establish Clear Goals for Your Job
5
Write Down Your Goals and Objectives
7
Set Clear Goals for Time Use
9
Set Daily and Weekly Objectives
11
Start Your Day the Night Before
12
Make Certain Your Computer Is Operating at Speed
112
Make Certain Your Internet Connection Is at Speed
114
Not an Option
115
More on PDAs
116
That Cell Phone
118
Who Knows Your Cell Phone Number?
119
Set to Stun
120
To BlueTooth or Not to BlueTooth
122

Dont Procrastinate
13
8020
14
The ABCs of Prioritizing
16
The A in ABC
17
The Bin ABC
18
The C in ABC
20
Write Down Tasks as You Receive Them
21
Set Deadlines for Assignments
23
UnderCommit and OverDeliver
24
Keep Score
25
Make a To Do List
27
Use the To Do List
28
Share the To Do List
30
Update the To Do List
31
General
33
The Desktop
34
Paper Files
36
Folders
37
Electronic Files
38
Contacts
40
Cull Your Files
41
Handle Your Mail Efficiently
43
Use a Suspense File
44
Keep Only One PlannerScheduler
46
What to Keepand What Not to Keep
47
What to Do With Draft Documents
49
Handle Business Cards
50
Know Your Best Working Hours
52
Make Critical Appointments at Your Best Times
53
Group Similar Tasks
55
Put Up a Fence
56
Block Contingency Time Every Day
57
A 5Step Process
59
Step 1
60
Use an Electronic Calendar
65
Make the Electronic Calendar Work
66
Attend Outside Meetings
68
Set Office Hours
69
The SecondGreatest TimeKiller
71
Handle Voice Mail
72
Your VoiceMail Message
74
Use Voice Mail as a CallScreener
76
Use Caller ID Effectively
77
Handle Inbound Phone Calls
79
Handle Outbound Phone Calls
80
Keep Written Records of Phone Calls
82
Speaking Is Faster Than Writing Memos
83
Handle Your Paper Mail
85
When
86
Brevity
88
Files
89
Fight Spam
90
Discourage the Jokers
92
Organize Your Folders
93
Write Clear and Direct Subject Lines
94
Copy and Paste Are Two of Your Best Friends
96
Handle Office Visits
97
Handle Paper Files
99
Cull and Kill
100
Use a Reading File
102
Create a Contact List
103
Use a PDA
105
Make It Really Save TimeNot Use More Time
106
Keep Software Current
108
Keep Your Edesktop Clean
109
Establish a Clean Filing System
111
Is Text Messaging for You?
123
Get Your Own Printer
125
Get Computer Training to Get More Efficient
126
The ThirdGreatest TimeKiller
127
They Cant Be AvoidedBut They CAN Be Efficient
128
Meeting TimingWhen Is Best?
130
Put a Time Limit on Meetings
132
Have an Agenda for Meetings
133
Use the AgendaTime the Elements
134
Distribute the Agenda in Advance
136
Train Yourself on Conducting Meetings
137
Train Participants and Staff on Efficient Meetings
138
Attend Only the Meetings You Must
139
The Greatest TimeKiller
141
Communicate Your Work Style
142
Adjust to Your Boss
143
Find a Mentor or Coach
145
Control Interactions With Others
146
The Geography of the Office
148
Desk Placement
149
Chair Placement
150
Relationships to Windows
152
Discourage War Stories
153
Stand and Be Counted
154
Learn to Say No
156
Discover What Your Staff Can Handle 157 113 Learn to Delegate Learn What Others Can Handle Better 158 114 Learn to Delegate Train Your Staff...
160
Recognize That Procrastination Is a HabitWork to Break It
161
Dont Put It Off Wimpy
163
If Its on the To Do List Do It
164
Commit to the Jobor Delegate It
165
Its Not My Job Man
166
Beat the Fear of the Unknown
168
Overcome the Insecurity of a Lack of Knowledge
169
If You Are Not Interested Get Interested
171
If You Dont Like the Task Do It and It Will Go Away
172
Schedule Travel Trips in Batches
173
Use Travel Time to Learn
175
Use Travel Time to Communicate
176
Use Travel Time to Unwind
178
Use Travel Time to Prepare
179
Use Airplane Time to Catch Up
180
Use Travel Time to Read
181
Set Personal and Family Goals
182
Make Certain You Leave Time for Personal Goals
184
Schedule Downtime During the Day
185
Take Brief Breaks
187
Dont Over work Yourself
188
Schedule Medical and Dental Visits Well in Advance
190
Schedule Medical and Dental Visits for Early Morning
191
Buy Bulk
192
Organize the Closet
194
Dont Make Special TripsCombine Them
195
Organize and Systemize Your Morning Procedure
196
Train the Family
198
Reward Yourself
199
Dont Be a Perfectionist
200
Are You OverConnected? 201 146 TV Time Sucks Away From People Time
203
Control Childrens Access to TV
204
Control Childrens Access to the Internet
206
Dont Check Your Portfolio Every Day
207
Schedule Vacationsand Take Them
208
Try to Live Close to Work
210
About the Author
213
Back Cover Material
215
Index
217
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