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6.Get organized. Donít begin a project until youíve assembled all necessary resources and tools youíll need. Use your day planner to remind yourself of upcoming tasks. At end of day write down where you left off and make a list of priorities for tomorrow.
7.Set priorities. Know difference between important tasks and urgent ones. Urgent tasks have short-term consequences while important tasks are those with long-term, goal-related outcomes. Work toward reducing urgent tasks so you'll have plenty of time for more important priorities. This will help prevent urgent items from becoming emergencies.
8.Learn your software. Learning how to get most from your computer and its software will also help make your work easier and less time consuming. Spending time learning how to improve your work is more productive than wasting time doing it same old way. Take advantage of computer software tutorials to become more proficient in your work.
9.Be flexible. Plan time for interruptions and distractions. Make yourself available to respond to surprises and new opportunities.
10.Avoid procrastination. Procrastination is tendency to avoid, for as long as possible, completing an action or task that needs to be done, usually by focusing on some other distraction. Getting it over with right away will keep time from being wasted.
11.Stay focused. Avoid jumping from one uncompleted task to another. Try to finish one job before moving on to next.
12.Delegate. What tasks can be delegated to others?
13.Follow a routine. Make your new routine a habit. Every new habit you develop is an important step toward taking control of your time.
14.Reward yourself. Balance your work with pleasure and reward yourself for completing your goals, even small ones.
15.Reevaluate: After completing a project, revisit your ďTo DoĒ list. Were there any unnecessary steps? Is there a way task could be accomplished with less effort next time? Wasted time is lost opportunity. Lost opportunity equals diminished productivity. Lost productivity means less time to spend doing things you want to do. Your life is a progression of choices. You have control over choices you make, not flow of time. Time management is one source for a happier more productive life, and studies have shown that happy people feel less rushed because they are in control of their time. Once youíve mastered these skills, youíll find yourself able to maintain a healthier balance between your work, and your family. Copyright 2005, Video Professor Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Mary Carroll is a customer advocate for Video Professor, the leader in self-paced software learning tutorials, helping our customers to better understand Video Professor and how our tutorials can provide tools to learn various software programs to your desired level.