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Best tips for effective time management

Last updated on: September 13, 2012 15:15 IST

Best tips for effective time management

In an online chat with Get Ahead readers on September 12, career expert advised them how to best manage their time effectively at work. The unedited excerpts...

Nitesh asked, How can we effectively managed time in office as most of time went in team and client query and phone calls and our personal weekly target get impacted and to cover up we have to work on the weekend. Plz advice

Amit Bansal answers, Ideally a to do list should be created as soon as we get in the office. This helps in managing the day effectively.

Jayshree asked, how to motivate groups for efficient time-management?

Amit Bansal answers, You must organize some teasers or reward games in teams to motivate people about time management.

naren asked, I have been loaded with so many projects, how do i get time for my personal improvements?

Amit Bansal answers, Like I mentioned a to do list always help. Its important you do not compromise on either your professional or personal projects. To manage time it sometimes becomes important that we go ahead and say no to a few things. So it's alright to set priorities to tasks and if some tasks can be removed or moved to the next day, so be it.

Sanjay asked, I think and follow time etc for 2-3 days but after some time again i get into old habbit finding myself behind time. how we can overcome this?

Amit Bansal answers, Reward yourself each time you complete your tasks on time. That is a great motivator.

priyanka asked, How to manage time when there is no work in office :-)

Amit Bansal answers, That's a great opportunity to spend time on self development activities.

Oarchilos asked, We had a time management session for my employees, Did motivate them for a small spell of time, but it faded away in due course

Amit Bansal answers, Creating regular activities to maintain time management helps. Rewards and recognition based on their area of work is important. The rewards need not be big however small appreciations help.

ajay asked, what is diff between following a time table and the time management?

Amit Bansal answers, A task list or to do list is more appropriate than a time table. You may need more time to complete some tasks and in that case a time table may not work.

sanky asked, Hi, In office most of the time I spent in solving others issue or addressing their problem being a senior member that is one of my job but due to this not able to concentrate on my work and hence need to slog. Please advice

Amit Bansal answers, You need to create an assertive environment around you where you can say no. Please understand that you cannot solve others' problems and still be able to do your own tasks. You can only do one thing at a time. Either finish your tasks and if time permits help others. But you cannot always keep helping others and also create time for your own work.

sanjeet asked, How do i manage my time to get result more effective n fruitful,, i waist my time aloat in doing nothing n keep sitting idle , i want to make my day productive

Amit Bansal answers, Well I am sure you know the answer to your question. Self discipline is the only way.

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