MORE TIMEWritten by Dr. Donald E. Wetmor
Time is great equalizer for all of us. We all have 24 hours in a day, 7 days a week, yielding 168 hours per week. Take out 56 hours for sleep (we do spend about a third of our week dead) and we are down to 112 hours to achieve all results we desire. We cannot save time (ever have any time left over on a Sunday night that you could lop over to next week?), it can only be spent. And there's only two ways to spend our time: we can spend it wisely, or, not so wisely.
We can effectively increase amount of time available to us each week by working "smarter" rather than working "harder". In my twenty years as a full-time Professional Speaker on topic of Time Management, I have noted five sure fire ways to make an immediate impact on increasing our available time each week.
Engage an intern Most high schools and community colleges offer intern programs for their students. The student is assigned to a real-life organization for 10-20 hours per week. They are typically unpaid but do earn academic credit and make great contacts and organization gets an "extra pair of hands". The person who is assigned intern can now delegate any number of things to intern to free up their time for more productive matters. It's a "Win-Win" deal for both.
Run an Interruptions Log It would be great if we could plan our day night before and then make that plan happen as scheduled. The real world is different. We have to deal with interruptions. Interruptions are unanticipated events that come to us via telephone (any of electronic stuff: beepers, pagers, email, etc.) or in person. Many interruptions are important and are what we may be paid to handle. However, many interruptions have little or no value to our responsibilities. Run an Interruptions Log for about a week. List every interruption as it occurs and rate its value to you. A=Crucial, B=Important, C=Little value, D= No value. After week of logging them in, review list and take action to eliminate repetitive C and D interruptions and re-capture some wasted time.
GENNY GETS A LESSON IN POWERWritten by Oscar Bruce
Genny Lloyd watched open-mouthed as Glenn Holloway came barreling through room almost at a run, his face beet- red, his expensive jacket slung over his shoulder like an old sweatshirt, and clearly so furious he didn't even know others were there. When he disappeared into his corner office with a thunderous slam of door, Genny looked around and asked wonderingly, "What on earth was THAT all about?"
"That," said man next to her, "was about fact that Oscar has once again wiped floor with him in a meeting. He can't stand it - he always acts like that afterward. You'll get used to it."
Genny was puzzled. "Hasn't Glenn been here longer than Oscar Bruce?" Sure, and that's why it makes Glenn so mad when Oscar pulls off one of these coups. Our fearless leader will spend weeks getting a presentation ready, making sure it's perfect. And then he has to sit there while Oscar just "wings it" effortlessly. Then when time comes to vote, votes go to Oscar. You can always tell when he's come out of one of those."