I Prefer Work Management: Managing to Work in the Available Time

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Maurice Hogarth
Consultant, United Kingdom

I Prefer Work Management: Managing to Work in the Available Time

I would suggest that there is no such thing as "Time Management".
What there is, is the managing of the work to be done in the time available, i.e., "Work Management".
So it is not so much that a person has time management traits as work management traits.
For example, procrastination may have an effect on time utilisation, but it has a work-orientated cause. Weaknesses in planning and organising work from the workload are causes of the 'not enough time' effect.

Time is there, invariable; what is variable is how we work in relation to it. To do this requires:
  • Confirm the time available (out of the 365 days per year remove the weekends, statutory and personal holidays, known events for home and leisure activities, training time). What remains is work time. Divide this up into working periods per day.
  • Establish precisely, measurably and realistically what has to be achieved in your role.
  • Separate this up into tasks and activities and schedule them into your work-day periods against known deadlines (there is a wide variety of techniques and tools to assist this). Set this on the basis of other work place requirements and in so far as is possible, your biorhythm pattern.
  • Enhance your personal working effectiveness by improving your managerial (self-working) skills through the use of effective reading, writing, planning and organising, problem solving and decision-making with related analytical and creative thinking etc. The use of such tools and processes can improve peoples' learning and working skills; in some cases to 40%, 90% and over 100%. Combining these skills with diaries and planners time scheduling can make major increases in working smarter and more effectively. This is particularly true when the approach is applied on a team rather than an individual basis.


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Time Management at Critical Stage

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Georges Van Cauwenbergh
Business Consultant, Ireland

Managing your Time

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Maurice Hogarth
Consultant, United Kingdom

The Urgency of Deadline

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Georges Van Cauwenbergh
Business Consultant, Ireland

You Have to Manage Within the Available Time

I agree: It's about managing within the available time, instead of managing time itself. That's it ... Sign up

Muhammad Moeen
HR Consultant, Pakistan

Priority Settings can be Helpful for Time Management

Every one is facing time management issues. As a result we are giving less attention towards ourselv... Sign up

Dargo D
Strategy Consultant, United States

I Believe We're Talking About a Task Management Triage

I agree with Maurice and Georges about the concept of finite time whereby it's important to manage t... Sign up

Eric Kazembe
Entrepreneur, Malawi

Factors Affecting Time Management

I agree with Maurice's Ideas on Work Management. However that idea does not include external factors... Sign up

Maurice Hogarth
Consultant, United Kingdom

Balancing and Prioritizing Targets and Tasks in the Home, Social and Work Domains

To Mohammed Moeen & Eric Kazembe We live in a world of three 'domains'. Our Home Domain, Social Dom... Sign up

Paramathmuni srinivas Kumar

Experience Management with the Available Time

I agree with Maurice Hogarth. However we need to be firmly be grounded in the current reality where ... Sign up


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