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Welcome - the purpose of the blog page is to provide you with a never ending source of valuable, practical and entertaining information designed to help you get the best performance from yourself and others.

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Time Management Skills Blogs

Time management depends on the P-LIST skills.

  1. Purposefulness
  2. Planning
  3. Prioritisation
  4. Preparation
  5. Prediction
  6. Prevention of avoidable error
  7. Personal initiative
  8. Powerful psychology and
  9. Physical energy

Time management is important because you cannot do everything at the same time. Therefore, you must prioritise your work.

Many people don’t prioritise. They do things in an order that is governed by chance or by their mood /emotions.

Instead of that, you need to do things in an order governed by; Deadline pressure or Value, or Logical sequencing.

Time management means learning how to do the right things in the right order, and delegating other things to the right person, in the right way.

Since everyone has the same number of hours in each day, how come some people are far more productive that others? It is not luck. It is system.

Good time managers are operating according to better systems. You would benefit greatly if you applied the same systems to yourself.

The system of time management depends on the P-LIST skills. Purposefulness. Problem Prediction. Problem solving. Planning. Prioritisation. Preparation. Prevention of avoidable error. Personal initiative and Powerful psychology and Physical energy.

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Blogs in this Category

  • Time Management Strategies

    25 May 2018

    Time Management Strategies Here are seven time-management strategies: 1. Set clear and specific goals and measure your progress. 2. Prioritise tasks according to their "Value" and "Deadline pressure". 3. Distinguish between "Busy work" and "Productive work". 4. Delegate more often. 5. Delegate the right tasks, f... Continue Reading >

    Time Management Strategies
  • Why are Some Meetings a Waste of Time?

    15 May 2018

    Why are some meetings a waste of time? Here the reasons why meetings are often a waste of time . The meeting was held "out of habit". The meeting lacked a definite purpose. Too many people, or the wrong people, were invited to attend. There was no proper agenda. The meeting... Continue Reading >

    Why are Some Meetings a Waste of Time?
  • Good Planning

    16 January 2018

    Good Planning Good planning entails five major subsets: Analysis Prioritising Sequencing Scheduling Preparation 1. Analysis: Breaking the goal into smaller subsets tasks. You can think of everything as being made up of parts. Houses are made up of bricks. Light is made up of seven colours of the spectrum. Teams are... Continue Reading >

    Good Planning
  • Time Management: Work Smarter, Not Harder

    22 December 2017

    Work Smarter, Not Harder The best way to manage time can be summarised in the following list. 1. Be very clear on what is your GOAL. In all situations, be clear on what it is you are trying to achieve. 2. Don't waste time doing things that do not relate to... Continue Reading >

    Time Management: Work Smarter, Not Harder
  • Time Management: the Art of Prioritisation

    24 November 2017

    Prioritisation is the art of deciding the proper order of things. There are three forms of prioritisation. Prioritisation by value. Prioritisation by time deadline pressure. Prioritisation by logical sequence. Let us say a few words on each. 1. Prioritisation by value. Every task has a value. The value of tasks varies... Continue Reading >

    Time Management: the Art of Prioritisation
  • Time Management Training: Rational Planning

    27 October 2017

    Rational Planning Inside your brain, there are multiple parts. We all have a part of us that is rational, logical and intelligent. We all have a part that is more about our feelings, emotions and moods. There are many situations when these two parts are at war with each other. For... Continue Reading >

    Time Management Training: Rational Planning
  • The Best Way to Manage My Time

    01 September 2017

    The Best Way to Manage My Time The best way to manage time can be summarised in the following list. Be goal focused. Don't be so easily distracted. Write a detailed plan of action. Prioritise your tasks into order of importance. Work out the most efficient logical sequence. Delegate as much... Continue Reading >

    The Best Way to Manage My Time
  • Managing Stress

    25 July 2017

    Time Management as Stress Management Many people are stressed; primarily for two related reasons. They are facing a sustained, heavy demand on their time, energy and effort. And that sustained demand then triggers a negative emotional response in their mind and body. Stress is therefore composed of two major factors. The... Continue Reading >

    Managing Stress
  • Improve Productivity Training

    17 March 2017

    Improve Productivity Training Your chances for a better future depends upon your productivity. Productive people are more successful. It is important to know, that nobody is paid for effort. You are paid for the productivity you can squeeze from that effort. It is possible to exert a lot of effort, to... Continue Reading >

    Improve Productivity Training
  • Five Time Management Mistakes

    24 February 2017

    Five Time Management Mistakes Five common time management mistakes and how to fix them. Time management training is about how to spend your time doing only the most important things. The most important things are those things that relate specifically to the achievement of your Major Definite Purpose. Your major definite... Continue Reading >

    Five Time Management Mistakes
  • Time Management Essential Skills

    05 January 2017

    Time Management Essential Skills Time management training is essential because you don't have enough time to do everything for everyone; you only have time to do some of it. Time management is about learning to do the most important things first, delegate the minor things, and ignore the trivial things... Continue Reading >

    Time Management Essential Skills
  • The Art of Planning

    11 October 2016

    The Art of Planning Just as people feel better when they are sure of what it is they are trying to achieve (clarity of purpose), so people also feel better when they are confident there is a good plan in place. Having a definite goal is good. Having a goal, together... Continue Reading >

    The Art of Planning
  • Eight Time Management Skills you Should Master

    29 September 2016

    Eight Time Management Skills You Should Master Time management skills are important because your time is precious. Most people have too much to do, and not enough time in which to do it, so managing your time is a vital skill. In fact, time management is not ONE skill, but rather... Continue Reading >

    Eight Time Management Skills you Should Master
  • The Avoidance of Preventable Errors

    26 August 2016

    Time Management: The Avoidance of Preventable Errors Do you have the same weakness as me? The weakness of making preventable errors? Or what you might call, stupid mistakes? These stupid mistakes, or unnecessary errors, are the ones that you make for no real reason. The effect is to slow you down... Continue Reading >

    The Avoidance of Preventable Errors
  • How Much can you Do In Less Than Half an Hour?

    09 August 2016

    How much can you do in less than half an hour? We often say that we do not have enough hours in the day, to do things we want to do. It is interesting that we think of time, in terms of hours. We tend to do things by the hour... Continue Reading >

    How Much can you Do In Less Than Half an Hour?
  • Productivity Puzzle Solved

    10 May 2016

    Productivity Puzzle Solved Productivity Training Course The productivity puzzle refers to the fact that, despite having an educated workforce, the average productivity of a typical British worker is less than that of the US, Italy, France, Germany and many other European countries. The boffins at the Ministry of Busin... Continue Reading >

    Productivity Puzzle Solved
  • Time Management Training: the Disease of Distraction

    19 January 2016

    The Disease of Distraction The disease of this age, is the disease of distraction. We live in a world that is full of distractions. Everywhere there are people who are trying to grab your attention: Facebook, Twitter, text message, emails and more. Everyone seems to want your attention; which results in... Continue Reading >

    Time Management Training: the Disease of Distraction
  • Time Management Quiz

    18 December 2015

    It is important to better-manage your time and tasks. How could you do that? In an attempt to answer that question, I would like to ask you to read the following. Time Management Questions These time management questions that will cause you to think about your current habits. As you go... Continue Reading >

    Time Management Quiz
  • Common Time Management Mistakes

    08 December 2015

    When it comes to time management, most managers make the same mistakes. Here is a list of five common time management mistakes together with their countermeasures. 1. The mistake of being too easily distracted We live in a world that is designed to distract us. Many people are trying to attract... Continue Reading >

    Common Time Management Mistakes
  • Don't Leave It to the Last Minute

    06 November 2015

    Don't Leave it to the Last Minute One of the most common mistakes people make, is to leave things until the last minute. Many people, knowing that they must do something by a particular deadline, will wait and wait, and do nothing to prepare. They put the thought out of their... Continue Reading >

    Don't Leave It to the Last Minute
  • Five Time Management Training Principles

    11 May 2015

    Five Time Management Training Principles Time management training is training designed to help you to achieve more progress, in less time and effort. Time management training is based on the idea that there is a set of five principles that could help you to make more progress, in less time. It... Continue Reading >

    Five Time Management Training Principles
  • Time Management Questionnaire

    14 April 2015

    Time management is one of the most important of all business skills. Everyone has the same amount of time. Everyone has the same amount of time, per day; but in that time, some people manage to make lots of progress, towards their goals, and others don't. In order to improve your... Continue Reading >

    Time Management Questionnaire
  • How to Manage your Time

    23 March 2015

    How to Manage Your Time How can you make the maximum progress, with the minimum time and effort? You can do this by learning how to better manage your time. It is important that you DO, because time is strictly limited to 24 hrs a day. And you have to sleep... Continue Reading >

    How to Manage your Time
  • What are the Best Time Management Training Principles?

    29 December 2014

    What are the best time management training principles? Your time is your ultimate resource. If you lose your money, you can gain it back. If you lose your health, you can gain it back. If you lose your way, you can find your way back. But you can never get your... Continue Reading >

    What are the Best Time Management Training Principles?
  • The 15 Best Time Management Ideas

    22 December 2014

    How Can You be a Better Time Manager? The 15 Best Time Management Ideas Time management is the art of doing "the most valuable thing", at any given moment. Think about it for a second: If you are always doing "the most valuable thing", at any given moment, then you will... Continue Reading >

    The 15 Best Time Management Ideas
  • Time Management Skills: Planning Ahead

    09 December 2014

    Time Management Skills: Planning Ahead One of the best things you could do for yourself is to develop the discipline of planning ahead Planning ahead is the best way to improve your time management skills. Planning ahead is the best way to maximise your personal effectiveness. Planning ahead will allow you... Continue Reading >

    Time Management Skills: Planning Ahead
  • Time Manager Training: Being Organised

    21 November 2014

    Time Manager Training: Being Organised Being organised is an important skill for you to master. Why? Because to be disorganised is to invite disaster. So, it is important that you are more organised. What does it mean, to "be organised" To be organised is to be "in a state of order... Continue Reading >

    Time Manager Training: Being Organised
  • Time Management: Prioritisation

    19 September 2014

    Time management: Prioritisation The D list Would you like a good way to prioritise your tasks? If yes, you may be interested in the following method of prioritising tasks. It is called the D list method of prioritising tasks. All good time managers know that it is impossible to do everything... Continue Reading >

    Time Management: Prioritisation
  • The Time Management 80-20 Rule

    26 August 2014

    Time management training - The 80-20 rule Have you ever heard of the 80/20 rule? If you don't know the 80-20 rule, then take a moment to memorise it, since understanding the meaning of the 80-20 rule can change your life! It could make the Value of your work go up... Continue Reading >

    The Time Management 80-20 Rule
  • Time Planning - How to Prioritise Tasks

    04 June 2014

    How to prioritise tasks It is important to have a method of properly prioritising your tasks If you do not have a proper method of prioritising your tasks, then you probably won't prioritise your tasks properly. And if you don't prioritise tasks properly you will not be doing the most valuable... Continue Reading >

    Time Planning - How to Prioritise Tasks
  • Time Management Training Tips - Early Bird Catches the Worm

    25 April 2014

    The early bird catches the worm Time management is the art of getting the most valuable work done per hour. It is not about trying to make yourself work harder and longer. It is about making more progress in less time. Time management is a measure of your efficiency. So you... Continue Reading >

    Time Management Training Tips - Early Bird Catches the Worm
  • Time Management Skills - Stop Being So Busy

    07 April 2014

    How to stop being so busy More is not necessarily better. There is a tendency in the minds of many people to think that time management is about getting more done per day. They think in terms of how they can get themselves to work longer and harder. But the truth... Continue Reading >

    Time Management Skills - Stop Being So Busy
  • Time Management: Prioritization

    07 February 2014

    Time Management and Prioritising Time management training is important to you. Time management is the rejection of the idea that it is okay to go through the day, merely responding to events, as they occur. Time management training rejects the idea that your days should be spent in reaction, at the... Continue Reading >

    Time Management: Prioritization
  • Where is a Good Time Management Training Course

    23 January 2014

    Where is a good time management training course? Time management training is designed to help you to become more efficient in your use of time, money and effort. Many people are not good time managers: they are under pressure because they are not very efficient in their use of their time... Continue Reading >

    Where is a Good Time Management Training Course
  • Time Planning

    29 December 2013

    Time planning Planning ahead (in writing) is one of the keys to personal effectiveness. You need to plan ahead. Failure to plan ahead would force you into the position of acting without a plan, meaning; you would be making it up as you go along, which would mean that you are... Continue Reading >

    Time Planning
  • How can I Better Delegate

    04 July 2013

    How can I better delegate? Delegation is the art of entrusting a task to another. Delegation is a vital skill for you to master, especially if you are a manager or a leader. Delegation is a vital skill because you cannot do it all. You cannot do it all because you... Continue Reading >

    How can I Better Delegate
  • How can I Better Organise My Work?

    31 March 2013

    How can I better organise my work? Many people are not as organised as they, could be. Many people are not as organised as they, should be. As a result of being in a state of relative disorganisation, many people are not as efficient as they otherwise would be; and therefore... Continue Reading >

    How can I Better Organise My Work?
  • Time Management Question - How can I Better Manage My Time?

    20 March 2013

    How can I manage my time better? Most people need to be better at time management. Why? Because they find there is always too much to do in the time available. So, there are many people that need to learn to prioritise and concentrate only on the most important and urgent... Continue Reading >

    Time Management Question - How can I Better Manage My Time?
  • How can I Manage My Time Better?

    25 January 2013

    How can I manage my time better? Many people ask the question, "How can I manage my time?" "How can I become better at time management?". It is important to be a good time manager, because we are all bound by a constraint that none of us can change: There are... Continue Reading >

    How can I Manage My Time Better?
  • Time Management - are you Trying to Do Too Much?

    30 December 2012

    Time management - Are you trying to do too much? If you are having trouble with time management prioritisation and planning; then there are four main possible causes: There is too much to do. You are trying to do too much. You are not prioritising properly. You are not organised properly... Continue Reading >

    Time Management - are you Trying to Do Too Much?
  • Time Management Training - Planning Ahead

    01 November 2012

    Time management training - planning ahead Goals require plans All goals require plans that are capable of achieving the goal. If you set a goal, but you have no plans capable of achieving them, then you have wasted your time. If you have a goal AND you have a detailed, practical... Continue Reading >

    Time Management Training - Planning Ahead
  • Time Management - Productive Power

    21 September 2012

    Time Management - Productive Power How to get more done in the same amount of time You are judged on your productive power Your "Productive Power" is defined as "a measure of the amount of productive work you can do in a unit of time". Your productive power is a ratio... Continue Reading >

    Time Management - Productive Power
  • Time Managements Big Three - Planning, Prioritisation and Delegation

    09 August 2012

    Planning, prioritisation and delegation Time management is the best kept secret of the rich! How is it that some people earn 100 times more than others? Is it because one is 100 times more intelligent than the other? No Is it because one is 100 times more hard working? No Is... Continue Reading >

    Time Managements Big Three - Planning, Prioritisation and Delegation
  • Time Management Skills and Techniques

    30 July 2012

    Time management skills and techniques Time management training is the art of organising and prioritising your work so that you are always doing the right thing, in the right order. How can you most easily learn time management skills and techniques? You can easily learn some time management skills simply by... Continue Reading >

    Time Management Skills and Techniques
  • Time Management and Personal Effectiveness

    19 July 2012

    Time management training I recently received the following note from a business leader. "We need to look at doing some time management training because many of our people are employed based on their technical knowledge and skills: They are technical experts and on the technical level, our people are very good... Continue Reading >

    Time Management and Personal Effectiveness
  • Time Management Training - What is Time Management?

    31 May 2012

    Time management training - What is time management? Time management is a set of principles and techniques that, when combined and acted upon, will make you productive. How do you define productive? We define productive as "a measure of Value Added per day" Value added? To whom? Value added to yourself... Continue Reading >

    Time Management Training - What is Time Management?
  • Good Time Management Principles

    02 April 2012

    Principles of good time management Time management depends on you knowing the correct principles of time management and how to apply them. Here are some of the correct principles of time management, together with notes on how to apply them.... it might mean the difference between you being "busy" and being... Continue Reading >

    Good Time Management Principles
  • Good Time Management Training Course

    20 February 2012

    What is a good time management training course about? Time management training" is a system of thought and action that takes into account the fact that your time and energy is limited. 1. That you have only so much time. 2. That you have only so much energy. But you are... Continue Reading >

    Good Time Management Training Course
  • Time Management, Prioritisation and Planning

    07 February 2012

    Time management, prioritisation and planning Here is a good question for you: Should you try to do it all? Should you try to do it all........ for everyone? Should you try to do it all........ for everyone............... keep everyone happy........... all the time? Bear in mind that you only have a... Continue Reading >

    Time Management, Prioritisation and Planning
  • The Most Common Time Management Mistakes

    27 January 2012

    Common time management mistakes and how to fix them Although we are all unique individuals, we are all members of the species homo-sapiens, so we are all more similar than different. We have a tendency to repeat the same mistakes. And because these errors are shared by most other people around... Continue Reading >

    The Most Common Time Management Mistakes
  • Time Management, Personal Effectiveness Questionnaire

    29 December 2011

    Time management, personal effectiveness questionnaire Here is a brief questionnaire that will give you some good leads on how to improve your time management and personal effectiveness. 1. Do you have a good memory, or do you forget too much? Most people don't train their memory. Some people do. Make yourself... Continue Reading >

    Time Management, Personal Effectiveness Questionnaire
  • Time Management Training Methods

    09 December 2011

    Time management training methods Time management training is important Why are time management training methods important to you personally? Because, without proper time management training, you won't be doing the most valuable tasks and since you are paid for the amount of value that you can add to the marketplace, per... Continue Reading >

    Time Management Training Methods
  • 11 Time Management Training Tips

    29 November 2011

    11 Useful time management tips Time is your most precious resource. Time is more valuable than GOLD. Time is more valuable than a higher education. SO you should never waste time. But many people do. Some people want to learn how to management their time, and are looking for some good... Continue Reading >

    11 Time Management Training Tips
  • Time Management Skills

    15 November 2011

    Time management skills In order to be a better time manager, you will need to do two things. Use good time management techniques. Avoid making time management errors. If you did all the GOOD things, and avoided doing all the bad things, then surely your life will get better. So, we... Continue Reading >

    Time Management Skills
  • Time Management Training Skills

    02 May 2011

    Time management training skills Time management training is about the application of straight thinking and good ideas. Time management is equally about the avoidance of crooked thinking and bad ideas. There are two common bad ideas that cause people to make the same errors, every day, for years. The early correction... Continue Reading >

    Time Management Training Skills
  • Time Management Training

    20 April 2011

    Time management training Time management training is important to your organisation because you are in business to add as much value to "the marketplace", per day, as you can. In a society based upon TRADE (i.e. "trade" means: a mutual exchange of values), the degree to which you are successful in... Continue Reading >

    Time Management Training
  • Good Time Management

    15 March 2011

    Good time management training Many of us have days when we are busy, but feel we are not making progress. Some of us have days when we are busy but feel we are going backwards! Possibly, you sometimes feel overwhelmed and stressed by the volume of the work to be done... Continue Reading >

    Good Time Management
  • 12 Time Management Training Tips

    08 March 2011

    12 Time management training tips Time management is one of the most important things because if you fail to manage your time, you become inefficient. If you become inefficient, you will lose ground to those who are doing a more effective job than you are. So, having only poor time management... Continue Reading >

    12 Time Management Training Tips
  • Time Management Skills: Making Good Written Notes

    04 March 2011

    Time management skills: Making good written notes How good are you at taking written notes in meetings? Some people are good at this: they take accurate, neat, structured, legible, written notes: This ability makes them look good, sound good and helps them to be more effective. Other people are not good... Continue Reading >

    Time Management Skills: Making Good Written Notes
  • Time Management Training Effective Meetings

    18 February 2011

    Time management training Effective meetings Meetings take up a lot of time. And many meetings can degenerate into a waste of time. Have you ever attended a poor meeting which was a waste of your time? You are not the only one! Because time is money, meetings should be conducted properly... Continue Reading >

    Time Management Training Effective Meetings
  • Important Time Management Training Skills

    27 January 2011

    Time management training skills In these days, good Time management skills are more important than ever. When money is scarce you must wring every penny you can from each hour of your time invested. Time is money; so poor time management skills will cost you dearly. If your time management skills... Continue Reading >

    Important Time Management Training Skills
  • Time Management Skills Training - Prioritisation Matrix

    14 January 2011

    The time management prioritisation matrix Time management is the art of doing the right thing, at the right time, which will result in producing the greatest value for yourself and your organisation, per hour. In order to do that, you must be able to evaluate tasks according to a correct method... Continue Reading >

    Time Management Skills Training - Prioritisation Matrix
  • Time Management Skill - Momentum and Inertia

    27 December 2010

    Time Management Skills - Momentum and Inertia Mental Momentum and mental inertia are important concepts that all time managers should know about. Inertia Inertia is a measure of a body's resistance to change. Inertia represents the extra effort you must put into a system to just to start it moving. For... Continue Reading >

    Time Management Skill - Momentum and Inertia
  • Time Management Training - How to Gain More Leverage

    24 December 2010

    Time Management Training: How to gain more Leverage If you want things to get better, you need to get more leverage. A lever is one of mankind's oldest tools. With a simple lever, you can lift ten times more weight than you could, without the lever. So a Lever is a... Continue Reading >

    Time Management Training - How to Gain More Leverage
  • A Neglected Time Management Training Skill

    03 December 2010

    A Neglected Time Management Training Skill Sometimes, an obvious fact is not easy to see? For example: For centuries, many people did not know that the atmosphere even existed. They thought the atmosphere was "nothing". We still say, " I can't make it out of thin air". Meaning, "I cannot make... Continue Reading >

    A Neglected Time Management Training Skill
  • Valuable Time Management Training

    24 November 2010

    Time management training Every day, four times each day, ask yourself this one question: "What is the most valuable use of my time, right now?" The key word here is "valuable". If you want to be more successful than you are now, then find ways to add more value, per day... Continue Reading >

    Valuable Time Management Training
  • Time Management

    29 September 2010

    Time management There are two ways to improve your performance. Increase the number of good and right things that you do. Decrease the number of bad and wrong things that you do. Doing good things is obviously good. But did you know that you can do 100 things that are right... Continue Reading >

    Time Management
  • Time Management Skill

    02 March 2010

    Time management skill: Finding the high value task Here is a time management question for you: What is "A high value task?" Whenever we are trying to improve our time management we must answer this question. What is the most valuable use of my time? What is the most valuable use... Continue Reading >

    Time Management Skill
  • Time Management Training Advice

    22 February 2010

    Time management training advice - Part 1 Here is a time management question for you At your place of work..... Is there too much to do? Or is it that you are trying to do too much? Is there really "Too much to do"? You cannot fit 100 units into a... Continue Reading >

    Time Management Training Advice
  • A Time Management Question

    05 November 2009

    A time management question relating to office gossip On the last presentation of the effective leader manager course, one delegate asked me an interesting question that you too, might have wondered about. During the time management section of the course, we were talking about "the best use of your time". I... Continue Reading >

    A Time Management Question
  • The Ten Commandments of Time Management

    10 February 2009

    Time management is about doing the right thing in the right order That calls for accurate thinking Accurate thinking habits lead to good time management decisions. Poor thinking habits lead to poor time management decisions. Here is a list of positive affirmations and action plans designed to improve your effectiveness. Memorise... Continue Reading >

    The Ten Commandments of Time Management
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