It’s an Executive Time Management Secret: Getting Work Done in Half the Time

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It's Not Funny.

Try this and don’t laugh: Get all mandatory work done before lunch.

Believe or not, time management has long been a secret of successful executives. Obviously, it requires a significant amount of organization and discipline. Learning to ruthlessly prioritize is key to winning in this particular time management program. Understand that fixed duties and tasks must be accomplished in half the time, four to five hours, usually completed during the course of a full day, eight to ten hours.

Why is Time Management Important?

Maintaining control of this schedule can instantly go awry with a mere phone call or urgent request. Control is the integral part of reaching achievement in your time management priorities. If practiced, such urgent matters will have a place to fall, as the daily schedule allows for a cushion of several hours. Interestingly enough, this level of organization lends itself to a reduced number of critical issues. Hmm, go figure.

Time Management Priorities

Imagine having control over the destiny of your day, your firm, or your department. There are tools available to aid in this seemingly unreasonable quest. Database maintenance, online or in-house, reduces the amount of cold sourcing, a time-consuming task, needed when commencing a recruitment or departmental project. Calendaring morning events with strict adherence to the “half-time” policy further facilitates its success. Keeping a strict “email check and social media” plan eliminates time squabbled away on the web or in responding to trivial emails, status updates, tweets, texts, and inmails.

Differentiate what you perceive as mandatory and then make a list – a chore sheet or task management system to hold fast to during your first four to five hours of work. Make your chore sheet binding, checking items off as completed. The sense of accomplishment will follow you throughout the rest of your day, allowing even more work to be achieved in a single day than thought possible or at least – allowing you to catch up – something we seldom achieve.

Importance of Time Management

The flexible nature of the second half of your day creates allowances for, not only making uninterrupted follow-up calls, but also chances to respond to those emails, texts, tweets and requests.  Having the afternoon to be utilized at your own discretion may seem a completely foreign concept, but it is plausible. This time will also allow for innovation for “a better way.” After all, isn’t that what we are all seeking?

Imagine this: Getting all mandatory work done before lunch.

“Stop thinking in terms of limitations and start thinking in terms of possibilities” – Terry Josephson

“Half the day is gone by ten o’clock.” – my Mom


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