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Time Management 101
Common Problem I am BUSY I dont have time I am not happy with my life I dont feel I have achieved anything this year I dont have control on my life I wish I have more than 24 hours per day so that I can get more things done
Balance your life Balance in Life is important Recognize each aspect of life is important I am not getting enough time for family/personal life because of Work 80% of day is spent at work Family Work Health Finance
Time management : What is it? Doing the Right things and not doing things right (efficiency) In control of Life, not driven by circumstances Enjoying JOURNEY of life: every day of it, not a perfect day in future Have right balance in wheel of life
Goals If you are not aware of the direction you are going, you will end up exactly where you are going Focusing on important areas of life: Family, Work, Health, Personal Development, Finance A goal is anything you WANT to accomplish in your life. If you had only 6 months live: what are the things you want to do
Written goals Palest Ink is better than brightest memory It is not enough to have goals in mind. Put them down on paper It is an agreement with yourself that you are aware of goals and will pursue them
Hints to Find Goals What do you want to accomplish in next 5 years? Long term goals Dreams/Ambitions Work Goals Professional Goals
Creating TO DO Lists Your daily list of tasks Tasks that take you towards your goals One Sheet a Day Tasks with defined importance: –Q1: important and urgent: deadlines, fire fighting –Q2: important and not urgent: Planning, Holidays –Q3: urgent and not important: Interruptions, meetings –Q4: not important and not urgent: junk mail, time wasters
Working with TO DO Lists Create the list before you start the day 15 minutes of investment will help you everyday End of day: Review Status Status: C – Completed, T – Transferred, A – Abandoned, I – In progress
Sample TO DO List TaskPriorityStatusTime needed Prepare SlidesQ1C30 min Collect Photos (T-1)Q245 min Add Slides to qawebQ35 min Update SDK Test CasesQ11 hour Confirm to Srinivas about tomorrows plan Q1C5 min
Achievements Achievements are not just major events that happen. Make every small achievement inspire you Achievements at every step –Maintain good health –Daily achievements –Weekly Achievements –Monthly Achievements –Yearly Achievements
Obstacles Interruptions Crisis Situations Procrastination … more Overcome Obstacles with simple steps Play the Game of Basketball and shoot for your goals by overcoming obstacles
Interruptions Intrusive interruptions: phone call, personal conversations Non-intrusive interruptions: Have a no-interruption periods: –Closed door policy –Phone off the hook –Use non-intrusive interruptions –Prioritize and dont be reactive
Crisis Situations Be proactive not reactive –Being proactive is highly motivating Maintain a crisis log Prevent crisis by managing important but not urgent tasks on time
Procrastination No Excuses Prioritize DO IT NOW Understand how much time it takes to do a task Not all tasks take sometime. Understand what and why of your procrastination tendency Do not be a last minute decision taker Gather information for a task in advance. … if we wait for the moment when everything, absolutely everything is ready, we shall never begin.
FAQ Can I use a computer for to-do list? What about a mobile device or a personal organizer? How do I handle Follow up tasks?
Tips SWOT Analysis : Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats Get up 15 minutes early Make time for yourself Understand your effective time zone Deal effectively with interruptions Update your to do list daily Do not over-schedule Keep your list in sight Delegate, if possible Get Organized: paper, Do difficult tasks first
My Experience Spent hours to list all my goals in life Daily Lists made every day (95% of time) Examples of goals –Recurring Goals: Pay Rent Pay credit card bill Prepare Monthly Status report –Long term golas Buy a house –Personal development Read bookSoftware Testing –Buy/loan book –Read 1 chapter per day
Task Analysis TASK ANALYSIS FOR 3 MONTHS Only 65-70% of planned activities were completed during each month 20% of planned activities are transferred at least once % of activities are abandoned On an average I take up 4-5 activities per day in addition to work related responsibilities
Lessons Learned I have plenty of time on hand. If an activity takes average of 30 min, I have a workload of 2-3 hrs per day besides the daily routine tasks. There is lot of time that can be utilized effectively 10% of activities are 'not necessary' but I plan them because I think should do it. But not achieving them does not have an impact at all in achieving my goals. 20% of activities are postponed because I do not set realistic targets or I do not do enough preparation to complete the activity.
Time Kit One source for everything –Goals –Tasks –Expenses –Phone Book –Ideas/Notes –Lists: Books to read, Movies to watch, checklists Chaos to ORGANIZED
Getting Started Write down Goals of your life Time management is toughest course on offer and many fail. Practice TO DO Lists for at least 3 months Then it becomes a habit Dont give up If you fail to plan, you plan to FAIL.
Quick Revision Writing down goals is the first important step Break down goals to tasks Understand your most effective time zone/time span Create Daily TO DO List for next 3 months A Page a day works best We have more time available than we think DO IT NOW Make time management a habit Dont Give up: Stay motivated Achieve more in less time
Resources Books –Stephen Covey: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Time Management Kit –Franklincovey Stores –Even a notebook. (A page a day) Internet Resources –www.balancetime.comwww.balancetime.com –www.timedoctor.comwww.timedoctor.com –www.franklincovey.comwww.franklincovey.com