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April 15, 2011



Scott, thanks for sharing your top 5 techniques. God knows how many times I have tried but what seems to work for me now is to keep me on track with my tasks and meetings. I add recurring and standalone meetings as tasks. You can fwd your meetings to the rtm email id and it will add as a task. There are any more tricks along with sharing your tasks with others. Just thought I will put this out here too. We will still remain sysiphians though.

Leon Noone

G'Day Scott,
Excellent suggestions. I have to admit that in the past I was one of those ambitious young managers who usually bit off far more than he could chew.

When I started my own business I had to learn to do better.

I believe that for managers, delegation and effective time management are part of the same thing. If you wont or cant do one, you wont be able to do the other. Incidentally there's no such thing as a manager who can't delegate: only those who do and those who wont.

The other thing is to always keep your boss fully informed about what you're trying to achieve and what your plans are to achieve it. You'll rarely have your plans disrupted by your boss if he's fully aware of what your about and has agreed that you proceed.

Hope this helps



Scott Eblin

Great advice on delegation and communication Leon. Thanks for the tip on Remember the Milk, Raj. Will definitely check it out!



Susan Fignar

Hello Scott,
Thanks for providing excellent tips to support us in managing our time. In addition, create a "NOT to-do" list of tasks that do not serve you / others well, and factor in "ME" time on your calendar for self-care practices and balance.
Take good care...


Great tips! Love... "Get in the habit of asking yourself, "Is this the highest and best use of my time?"
I'm going to write "Is this the highest and best use of my time?" on a post it note and put it on my monitor! What a great reminder to reference throughout the day!

Mary Jo Asmus

Scott, Great post - I hadn't thought of some of these, so to pay you back, here are some that my clients use:

1. Delegate: What can others do? (and my favorite question is Who can help?)
2. Say no: What can you say "no" to?
3. Slow down to speed up: its a funny thing, but when we're in the mode of rushing here and there, sometimes taking the time to sit down and think through priorities, decide who you can delegate to and what you aren't going to do can be the best thing. And if it makes sense, invite your team in for a more creative discussion about "how can we all get our calendars under control?"

Scott Eblin

Thanks for the additional tips everyone. Susan, great advice on Me time - which I'm taking this afternoon. Part of that is reviewing my calendar so far for this year to see how I've been spending my time does or doesn't match up with my priorities.

Cheers -


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