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Administrative Assistant's and Secretary's Handbook, 5th Edition by Jennifer Wauson, Kevin Wilson, James Stroman

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Chapter 7

Time Management

Overview of Time Management

Time management is an essential skill for an effective administrative assistant. People who use time management techniques are usually the highest achievers in life and business. If you learn time management techniques, you’ll be able to work effectively, even under pressure.

The key aspect of time management involves a change in focus. You must concentrate on the end result, not just on staying busy. Many people find themselves very busy throughout the day, but they don’t achieve much because they are not focusing on the right things. The famous Pareto Principle, sometimes called the “80:20 Rule,” sums it up nicely: 80 percent of the unfocused effort generates only 20 percent of the results. ...

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