Time Management Tips – For Networking Professionals

At the chance of sounding strange, there are but 2 solid words to define Time Management – Forget IT.

It appears we are trying to run faster and faster, packing more “activities” into our waking hours (largely our working hours), paying little thought to the value of the activities we are attempting to fit in.

In the working environment, people appear to be considered, managed and promoted on the theory of work volume, instead of the effect of their activities; numerous brownie points can be secured by arriving earlier and working later than anyone else in the office.

Now by advancing Time Management is nonsense, as we really cannot control it, we can, nevertheless command the activities into which we concentrate our attention, energy and efforts, and use it to our benefit.

Now for the person who is much more immersed in results, rather than results by volume, there are 4 areas to be aware of:

1. Goal Setting.
2. Pareto’s 80/20 Rule.
3. To Do List.
4. Elimination.

Goal Setting

By having a positive, well defined objective, we can pay attention and concentrate on the quickest way to its success. Cloudy goals encourage hours shuffling irrelevant paperwork, frustration and stress.

Pareto’s Principles.

This (commonly known as the 80/20 rule) in basic terms advocates that only 20% of our activities (or inputs) account for 80% or our results (or outputs). thus, we waste 80% of our time on worthless nonsense.

In reality, by understanding the 20% of results producing activities, we can concentrate our concentration much more efficiently, work less, and yet improve productivity substantially.

To Do List.

Without doubt this is one of the basic and most effective aids available.

By utilising a WRITTEN to do list, requires us to focus on the relevant and crucial tasks.

Yet, this is a 3 stage process:

a) Brain storm all the aspects requiring attention (just get them down on a piece of paper).
b) Organise in order of significance.
c) Work on the most meaningful task until completion- if distracted, resolve the distraction and move back to the task until it is completed. Then, and only then, carry onto the next item on the list.

Elimination.

As decisive as it is to focus our activities on the 20%, it is just as valuable to distinguish what is needless and eliminate from our life.

In summary, all 4 aspects are inter-related and inter-dependent, with the constant elementary motive being self-discipline.

If we do not, cannot or will not develop self discipline our lives will come close to little more than the abstract accumulation of our whims, and we will one day wake up questioning why we have worked so hard, yet attained so little.

One last word, control e-mail, don’t let it control you!