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Personal Time Management

Book Description

The first edition of Personal Time Management enjoyed tremendous success. Over 100,000 copies were sold in the U.S., and it was republished in 11 other countries. The revised edition continued this success with sales over 225,000 copies, and the number of countries republishing the book has grown to 13. Audiocassettes, videocassettes, CD-ROMs, and video training packages based on the book are also available. This third edition saves all of the popular features of the prior editions and includes an expanded section on time-wasters plus an additional section on time-saving tips for the Internet.

This book contains cases studies, questionnaires, checklists, and exercises that reflect the material presented. Work through these as you go along, and they will serve as an excellent means of verifying your understanding and reinforcing your learning.

Coverage includes—

  • To help you determine how you presently use time

  • To make you aware of the portion of time over which you have control

  • To teach you how to make the most effective use of the time under your control

  • To help you handle time not under your control in a more efficient way

  • To allow you to use time the way you choose (work, play, or rest)

Table of Contents

  1. Learning Objectives For: PERSONAL TIME MANAGEMENT
  2. Preface
  4. Time Management Principles
    1. The Basics of Time Management
    2. What Controls Your Time?
    3. Three Tests of Time
    4. Benefits of Better Time Utilization
      2. How Would You Handle These Situations?
    5. Prime Time
    6. Setting Priorities
      1. The ABC Method
    7. Criteria for Setting Priorities
    8. How to Control Your Use of Time
  5. Time Management Techniques
    1. Planning
    2. Long-Term Planning Aids
      1. Action-Planning Worksheet
      2. Milestone Chart
      3. PERT Diagram
    3. Short-Term Planning Aids
      1. Weekly Plans
      2. Daily Plans
      3. Conference Planner
    4. Characteristics of Good Planners
    5. Common Time-Wasters
      1. Examples of Common Time-Wasters
    6. Self-Generated Time-Wasters
      1. Disorganization
      2. How to Set Up a Personal Filing System
      3. Procrastination
      4. Personal Needs
    7. Needs Profile Analysis
      1. Social Interaction
      2. Acceptance
      3. Perfection
      4. Risk Avoidance
    8. Environmental Time-Wasters
      1. Visitors
      2. Telephone Calls
      3. Mail
      4. Waiting
      5. Meetings
      6. Crises
    9. When Things Go Wrong
      1. Dealing with Time-Wasters
    10. Five Tips for Effective Time Management
  6. Time Management Innovations
    1. Telephone Enhancements
      1. Answering Machines
      2. Voicemail
      3. Dialing Features
      4. Hands-free Operation
      5. Call Forwarding
    2. Computer Enhancements
      1. Portable Computers
      2. Modems
      3. Scanners
      4. Speech Recognizers
      5. Electronic Notepads
      6. Electronic Organizers
      7. Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs)
    3. Other Technological Enhancements
      1. Pagers
      2. Mobile or Cellular Phones
      3. Fax Machines
    4. Meeting Alternatives
      1. Conference Telephone Calls
      2. Teleconferencing
      3. Videoconferencing
    5. Saving Time on the Internet
      1. Internet Access
      2. Hardware
      3. Software
      4. Email Tools
      5. Other Useful Tips
  7. Time-Saving Tips for Travelers
    1. Plan Your Travel Wisely
      1. Is This Trip Necessary?
      2. Choose the Best Mode of Travel
      3. Make the Most of Travel Time
    2. Saving Time at Your Hotel
    3. Put Your Travel Plans in Writing
  8. Action Planning
    1. Applying What You’ve Learned
    2. Keeping a Daily Time Log
      1. Time Analyzer
    3. Planning for Improved Time Utilization
    4. Conclusion
      1. Time Management in a Nutshell
    5. Additional Reading
      1. Bibliodiv
    6. NOTES
    7. NOTES