Friday, June 7, 2013

Where does the time go?

I never seem to get the time to blog anymore. It's pathetic really. I have every good intention of doing so and then 10 billion other things seem to get in the way.

It's not lack of inspiration; it's lack of time. But is it that we really are too busy these days or is it that we fail to manage our time properly? It's probably a bit of both. So what can we do?

Well, for one, we could cut down on the number of tasks we undertake each day, It shouldn't be too difficult to say "No". We just need to get into the habit of doing so. Not everything's vitally important; it can't be. So we need to make some judgements about what to cut out. Try it. It's fun!

The other might be some good old Time Management training. I don't mean spending your hard earned cash on some dodgy corporate sounding course. I'm thinking of the many excellent sources of information widely available on the web.

For instance, there's a very good resource at Mind Tools which I use regularly. There's a ton of really useful resources on the site and most of it's free. I use it for revisiting half remembered management and self-development concepts and for boning up on issues I'm less familiar with.

Try the section on Time Management. It's very good; sensible and practical, and mercifully free of management waffle.

There's also an app for your smartphone, (of course there is) which contains the complete Toolkit of topics like:

  • Team Management
  • Leadership
  • Strategy Tools
  • Problem Solving
  • Decision Making
  • Project Management
  • Time Management
  • Stress Management
  • Communications Skills
  • Practical Creativity
  • Information Skills
  • Career Skills

Something for everyone? These are great for dipping into and reading 'on the move'.

If you really like this stuff you can purchase a subscription, for even more in-depth content or just purchase the pdf MindTools eBooks.  But you don't have to buy anything if you don't want to.

Be careful though.

There so much here that you could end up spending a lot of time reading the material and not doing those other things. Then you'll be right back where you started.

Time Management anyone? Dooh!

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