This post is a 2 for 1. I was planning to put together a post reviewing a few of the major trends in time management systems. Instead I did a quick search and found a great article which describes in detail some of the major systems out there. Since it said just about everything I was planning to say, I decided to just post the link instead.
As a new manager you will have plenty of demands on your time. One of the best ways to leverage your own time is to make sure you are not re-inventing the wheel. If you are trying to do a task you have never done before, odds are you will find at least 50% of what you need ready-made. That’s not to say you should plagiarise – claiming authorship or copying protected material is a big no-no. But if there are templates, samples, or other tools you can use that are made publically accessible, they are fair game and you should definitely take advantage of them.
So next time your boss drops in and asks you to create an ROI analysis for a tool you want to buy, don’t spend hours sweating over excel – head over to your favorite search engine and see if someone has already done your work for you.
Here is the great article. It’s a review of three of the major time management systems available to you. Not every system is a perfect fit for every person, so finding the one that works for you is a matter of trying them out for a bit (I would say at least a month) and seeing how you feel. You can also adapt elements of each one into your personal time management style.