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Time Management - A Practical Guide


12/02/2010


Some of the most-wanted skills amongst workers are those for which they’re given the least training. Yet e-learning can boost ‘soft’ skills fast, efficiently and affordably.

An independent Learning at Work survey conducted in May 2009 revealed a significant discrepancy between the skills desired by workers to do their jobs better and the training received to help them achieve it. For example, almost a quarter of respondents felt that ‘time management’ was their most important soft skill yet almost half said they had not received any training in it.

This Time Management Knowledge Gap is also reflected in the profile of...

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...most-read books from learning provider Skillsoft’s Books 24/7 online reference library. Books 24/7, which provides access to over 20,000 digitised IT and business books to the corporate world, recently found that its ‘most-read’ book for the month was ‘175 Ways to do More in Less Time’.

The book provides a wealth of short, sharp tips, delivered in bite-size chunks, to help busy workers pick out low-risk, time-saving ideas they can test out for themselves. Here are some of our favourites.

Top 10 Time Management Tips

1. Time, unlike other commodities, can’t be bought or sold, borrowed or stolen, manufactured, stockpiled or reclaimed, and time will eventually run out. So be certain that you use it well.

2. Use a daybook; thoughts, conversations, plans and ‘ideas-in-embryo’ are recorded chronologically and are never lost. ‘Thinking on paper’ also helps bring focus to tasks.

3. How much time do you waste making phone calls or walking to other peoples’ offices — often the same people — several times a day? Instead, create ‘talk files’ for the most-contacted colleagues, listing the topics you need to discuss; only go to that person when there are several things on their file.

5. Streamline and simplify multiple passwords and... continued on page two >

 

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