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Time Management in a Multi-Tasking Environment

Mark Levy, VP / GSM

Radio Advertising Bureau


Remember Grade School?

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Does time really go faster as we grow older?

Where the heck does it go?

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“To be is to do.” - Aristotle

“To do is to be.” - Socrates

“Do be do be do.” - Sinatra

Feel more like Sinatra?

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Don’t say you don’t have enough time.

You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to

Louis Pasteur, Michelangelo,

Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.

- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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Can we really manage time?

Time management is actually managing ourselves!

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We are a product of what we repeatedly do.

We are creatures of habit!

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Things that can waste time
Things that can waste time…

  • Incomplete information

  • Employee problems

  • Lack of support (subordinate and superior)

  • Handling routine tasks

  • Putting out fires

  • Meetings

  • Phone calls

  • E-mail

  • Completing reports

  • Lunch

  • Personal obligations

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Things that do waste time
Things that do waste time

  • Working on assumptions

  • Failure to listen

  • Correcting avoidable mistakes

  • Lack of organization

  • Procrastination

  • Crisis management

  • Micro management

  • Unwillingness to say “no”

  • Unwillingness to delegate

  • Failure to plan

  • Failure to prioritize

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12 Steps to Effective Time Management

1. Keep a daily time log

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12 Steps to Effective Time Management

2. Plan your work and work your plan

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12 Steps to Effective Time Management

2. Plan your work and work your plan

  • Steps to a successful plan

  • Access situation

  • Develop assumptions

  • Establish objectives

  • Develop alternatives

  • Decide course of action

  • Measure and evaluate results

  • Take corrective actions if necessary

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12 Steps to Effective Time Management

3. Prioritize daily

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12 Steps to Effective Time Management

3. Prioritize daily

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12 Steps to Effective Time Management

3. Prioritize daily

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12 Steps to Effective Time Management

3. Prioritize daily

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12 Steps to Effective Time Management

3. Prioritize daily

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12 Steps to Effective Time Management

3. Prioritize daily

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12 Steps to Effective Time Management

3. Prioritize daily

“Is what I’m doing now helping me reach my goals?”

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12 Steps to Effective Time Management

4. Delegate

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12 Steps to Effective Time Management

4. Delegate

  • Barriers to delegation include…

  • Managers preference for operating

  • Managers need to know minute details

  • “I can do it better” syndrome

  • Perfectionism / no tolerance for mistakes

  • Failure to train subordinates

  • No systems to measure and evaluate results

  • Understaffing

  • Confusion in authority and responsibilities

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12 Steps to Effective Time Management

5. Solve little problems before they become big ones

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12 Steps to Effective Time Management

6. Get organized and stay organized

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12 Steps to Effective Time Management

7. Avoid e-mail slavery

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12 Steps to Effective Time Management

8. Differentiate between urgent and important

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12 Steps to Effective Time Management

9. Avoid procrastination

“Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.”

- Mark Twain

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12 Steps to Effective Time Management

10. Break big projects into bite-size pieces

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12 Steps to Effective Time Management

11. Know when to say “no”

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12 Steps to Effective Time Management

12. Learn the art of minimizing / maximizing meetings

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12 Steps to Effective Time Management

12. Learn the art of minimizing / maximizing meetings

  • The most productive meetings…

  • Are scheduled to minimize disruption to productivity

  • Start on time

  • Have a limited, focused agenda

  • Stay on point

  • End on time

  • Are followed up with summary, assignments, and timelines

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12 Steps to Effective Time Management

12. Learn the art of minimizing / maximizing meetings

When most sales occur

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12 Steps to Effective Time Management

12. Know your management type

Do you:

- Focus well and stay on task?

- Naturally assume a leadership role?

- Seek out “win-win” solutions?

- Perform best under pressure?

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Knowing what to do is seldom the problem.

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12 Steps to Effective Time Management

Top Managers

  • Plan

  • Prioritize

  • Delegate

  • Solve problems quickly

  • Are organize

  • Avoid procrastination

  • Can say “no”

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Time Management in a Multi-Tasking Environment

Mark Levy, VP / GSM

Radio Advertising Bureau


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