TIME MANAGEMENT

TIME MANAGEMENT IN THE WORK PLACE

Ogunjobi Patrick Olanrewaju B.Sc. (Econs), M.Tech. (Agric-Econs), MIoE, MNIA, FPA.

Time is a commodity of which the entrepreneur is always running short. Most times, you find that there are not enough hours in the day to do all that needs to be done. The imperative, therefore, is to start keeping diary of your activities, to determine your time use; whether you are devoting your time to high priority projects, and keep records of the frequency and type of interruptions you have for at least, ten working days.

COMMON TIME WASTERS

  • Lack of set objectives, priorities and deadlines.

  • Unnecessary meetings.

  • Waiting for others to take actions or initiatives.

  • Procrastinations.

  • Crisis management-taking care of the urgent instead of the important.

  • Telephone interruptions on idle issues.

  • Doing the work of subordinates or employees.

  • People’s interruptions.

     

     

    HOW TO ELIMINATE TIME WASTERS

  • Set priorities and rank items on the basis of importance.

  • Set deadlines. You can have others check your progress and remember to reward yourself upon completion of tasks.

  • Define policies and procedures. This eliminates or reduces the need for you to make routine decisions over and over again.

  • Learn to delegate.

  • Identify ad focus on the few items, about 30%, that provides 70% of the importance of your job.

  • Do the seemingly, most difficult tasks first, in the morning

  • Be on time.

  • Maintain perspective: how does today’s task relate to tomorrow’s objectives or the Firm’s long- term objective?

  • Keep projects visible; they are more likely to get done better that way.

  • Retire for an hour or two each day to do some work, where you won’t be disturbed.

     

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