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Planning and organizing your time

Planning and organizing your time

On a daily basis

  1. Plan tomorrow today:
  2. List all the things you need to do.
  3. Value each task, prioritize them in terms of importance and urgency.
  4. Complete certain tasks together, e.g. telephoning, dictating, reading.
  5. Calculate the time needed for each activity.
  6. Allocate parts of the day to deal with each group of tasks.
  7. Leave part of your day free to deal with the unexpected.
  8. Highlight one major objective for the day and complete it.
  9. Think about what is your best time for working and complete important tasks during this period.
  10. Reduce interruptions.
  11. Plan a reflective ‘thinking’ period for part of your day.
  12. Review your daily plans.
  13. Remember you cannot influence the length of the working day.
  14. Travel by train, it is preferable to car journeys. You can work on the way and arrive fresh.
  15. Which of the following activities do you feel uncomfortable about doing:
  16. Sitting and thinking, however important?
  17. Sitting and reading, however relevant?
  18. Having a clear desk, however effective?
  19. Do the above activities generate important results for you? If they do, why should you feel guilty?
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