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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.

Time Management Skills Blogs

Time Management Apps to Enhance Productivity

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Everyone wants to make maximum progress with the least amount of time and effort. We have created the best time management apps to help you prioritise, set goals and make decisions. These apps are FREE and will help enhance your productivity.

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What is Time Blocking and Protected Time?

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The principle of time blocking will give you more control over your day and allow you to focus on the tasks to be done. Protect your time, improve your focus and deter procrastination, that way you will accomplish more in your day.

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What is Wrong With Multitasking?

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Many people believe that they can juggle multiple tasks at once. The truth is, that they never manage to do anything well. The fact is that lack of focus causes mistakes.

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How to Stop Procrastinating

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The act of procrastinating means you are wasting valuable time, when you could be investing that time in doing something worthwhile or improving yourself. Use these simple strategies to overcome procrastination and take back control of your day.

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How to be More Efficient and Effective.

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Do you struggle to find enough time to get everything done in a day? Perhaps you are feeling stressed and exhausted from have too much to do. Here are some great tips to getting the most benefit from your time and energy.

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Why are Some Meetings a Waste of Time?

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Do you feel meetings are a waste of time? Here are some tips to help you decide whether a meeting should be held and an app to help you calculate the approximate cost of the meeting.

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How Do you Judge What is "Important"?

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We all agree that we should do the most important things first. But what we cannot agree upon is: HOW to determine what are the “most important things”.

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The 80/20 Rule - Pareto Principle - Explained

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The 80/20 Pareto rule originally stated that 80% (or more), of the wealth in any economy is owned by 20% (or less) of the population. Find out how to use this formula at work.

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How to Prioritise Tasks Effectively

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Discover how to prioritise effectively and improve your time management skills with our helpful guide. Find out more about our training courses online today.

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Managing Stress

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Reducing your stress levels can be achieved by management of your work load and time pressures, together with managing the emotional responses to such pressures.

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Don't Leave It to the Last Minute

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One of the most common mistakes people make, is to leave things until the last minute. Preparation is the distinguishing factor that separates the winners from the losers.

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Time Management Skills: Planning Ahead

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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 to make more progress, in less time and effort.

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How to Plan your Time Effectively

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Good 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

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How can I Better Delegate

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Delegation is vital because you cannot do it all. You don't have the time, the energy, or the knowledge to do it all. And even if you did, you should still delegate some tasks as a means of training others and developing their range of skills.

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