Three Goals for Better Time Management

Do you ever have the feeling that there aren't sufficient hours in the day? Time management is something that can make a huge difference to what you can achieve during the working day. The following are a series of tips to help you and your team manage time successfully.

Organization and goal setting

  • Decide your personal life/career objectives.
  • Specify the objectives in specific terms. Make them measurable: have specific aims and deadlines. 
  • Break your aims down into assessable objectives. 
  • Review your aims at regular intervals. Don't just write them down and forget them. 
  • Keep your written aims at hand always. 
  • Focus on the efforts that contribute to your self improvement. 
  • Review your personal mission, aims and objectives at regular intervals - and assess how much you achieved.


  • Plan your time. Don't let it control you.
  • Assess your work carefully and allocate priorities. 
  • Allocate priorities in order: A's, B's, C's and D's. 
    • A's are important and urgent.
    • B's are important but not urgent.
    • C's can be dealt with outside of you key business/sales time.
    • D's are unimportant, and can be discarded immediately.
  • Make appointments with yourself in your diary for personal time to evaluate your progress and plan time for the coming days and weeks. 
  • Stick to your day as you have planned it. Make a plan and stick to it. 
  • To help with planning, always ask the questions: what, who, why, where, when and how?


  • Concentrate on those "tasks" whose success depends on you.
  • Delegate wherever possible. Make use of administrative, technical or specialist staff. 
  • When delegating, do not abdicate tasks. If it is your "task" it is your final responsibility. 
  • Agree a timeline for tasks which are being delegated, then let the other person get on with them. 
  • Make sure the delegation instruction has been fully understood, and leave room for questions.
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