Friday, February 14, 2020

Time Management Tips

Time is money, said Benjamin Franklin. Centuries later, the dictum still holds. Which is why management guru Peter F. Drucker said: "Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed, nothing else can be managed." Time is inelastic-once squandered, it is lost forever. Make sure that every waking and working moment is used productively. 

You could do this by being organized and avoiding clutter. If pressed for time, plan and prioritize your tasks by preparing a checklist. If you still have your hands full, delegate. 
Indecision and procrastination are two of the biggest time wasters. Rid your life of both. To quote Sant Kabir: "Kal kare so aaj kar, aaj kare so ab."

Having outlined what task(s) you wish to accomplish, set a deadline. A job without a deadline is akin to a boat without a sail. 

If possible, split your task into sub-tasks, each with individual deadlines, keeping the final deadline in mind. 

Ensure that staff meetings are kept to the minimum. At every meeting, adhere to a prior agenda so that time is not lost in "putting things in perspective". 

At the workplace, avoid/reduce personal calls. Besides, keep official conversations to their polite brief. And when you mean no, say NO. Beating about the bush is only productive if you're out on shikar.

Years ago, the Japanese developed a beautiful tool called Kaizen, to boost efficiency and productivity through simpler, faster and/or cheaper techniques and tools. 

You too could discover your own tools to save on time and costs, instead of waiting for the Japanese 
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