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How to Beat the Clock: Developing a Time Management Plan

backwardsWhat is your most valuable resource as a project manager? Is it money? Is it your team members? Actually, Marie Larsen of ProjectManagers.net, suggests it might be time.

Time waits for no man. Time is money. The list of trite but true expressions could go on and on. However, despite time’s increasing importance in our hurried work schedules, it remains one of the most mismanaged resources of the average company. In fact, Larsen reports that only 9% of executives are very satisfied with the time management of their current workloads.

The two most important tips to remember are: 1. Aim for achievable goals, and 2. Seek feedback from employees. Never put more things are your to-do list than you can accomplish in one day, and start with a few easy tasks in order to build momentum. Then, try conducting efficiency meetings with your employees, allowing them to voice concerns and develop strategies for time consuming projects.

Finally, never treat time as if were an unlimited resource. It’s not. But with this basic understanding and a proper time management plan, you’ll find the clock is not your enemy. It’s a valuable tool.

About Rachel Ginder

Rachel Ginder was a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success and joined the team in 2013. She also helped with social media and research.

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