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Truly effective time management and self organisation takes focus and thoughtfulness

By Sue Beavil, Learning and Organisational Development Manager, Slater & Gordon

28 August 2014

Time management and organisation are key to improving individual productivity and firm performance. But, in order to manage our time well, we need first to understand how we are using our time. The ways we spend our time has been described variously as ‘passing time’, ‘activities’, ‘social’, ‘withdrawal’ and ‘rituals’. Sometimes we will be doing something which can fall into two or perhaps three
of these categories simultaneously. Where we spend most of our time will, however, show us whether we are managing our
time well or can make improvements to
our effectiveness.

Time spent doing ‘activities’ is where work is undertaken. However, we cannot sustain a high level of performance if we stay in this category 100 per cent of our time. We need to be able to recharge, so the efficient use of our time is where we can succe...

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