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Time Management - Like Hamsters Running on Wheels

Time Management - Like Hamsters Running on Wheels

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Article on The connection between Time Management and Decisions.

Mitchell Phoenix are market leaders in providing innovative, results driven, leadership and management training programs across four continents.

An essay on the key areas every business should pay attention to.

http://www.mitchellphoenix.com
Article on The connection between Time Management and Decisions.

Mitchell Phoenix are market leaders in providing innovative, results driven, leadership and management training programs across four continents.

An essay on the key areas every business should pay attention to.

http://www.mitchellphoenix.com

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Published by: James Donnelly - Mitchell Phoenix on Jun 29, 2009
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Time Management – Like Hamsters on Wheels
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE“Time Management” is a myth. No matter how slowly time seemed to drag inthe meeting you just attended, no matter how quickly a deadline appears to bethundering down on you, time passes at a constant rate. We cannot manage thepassage of time any more than we can influence the phases of the moon.What we can do is make decisions about how we fill the 24 hours we have ineach day. Time management is really decision making on how we spend ourtime.Yet most of the advice on time management available to businesses andindividuals tacitly assumes that these decisions have already been made. Type“time management” into any search engine and scan the results. You will findtips on making to do lists, prioritising activities, and putting those activities in adiary. There is information on stopping procrastinating, filing documents so youcan find them quickly and motivating yourself to press on and achieve yourgoals.The question is how did you arrive at those goals? When you stopprocrastinating, what exactly are you going to do? After all, the major decision isnot to pursue a certain goal between three and five o’clock, but to worktowards that goal at all. The available information on goal setting mainlyrevolves around how we should formulate and subsequently achieve them. Inother words, traditional time management does not cover what you do, merelywhen you do it.Imagine everybody in your department improves their time management. Theychoose goals, focus on them, and stick to their schedules scrupulously. Unlessmajor decisions had been taken about the department’s strategic aims and howthey will be distributed and achieved on a team and individual basis, everyonewill simply get better at doing what they were already doing. The status quo willbe maintained even more efficiently than before, like hamsters taking steroids sothat they can run on their wheels for an extra hour every night.In the second half of 2009 sound decisions around our time usage are moreimportant than ever before. The recession has inspired a new more frugalattitude to what we really need: businesses have slashed costs and profligatepractices, over-staffing is a thing of the past and in its place is a hard focus onwhat investment actually produces profit.Kevin Yates, Managing Director of Mitchell Phoenix, sounds a warning noteabout our appetite for time management, “as we creep out of the recession,everyone is over-stretched. Clever diarising doesn’t help staff who are coveringmore than one position, or teams operating at half the strength they had twoyears ago. This is a problem for senior management. Only informed, strategicdecisions about time usage from the top of organisations will create the

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