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There's an interesting take on how to optimize your time management published in Forbes today. Anthony Wing Kosner comments on the book 99U called Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus & Sharpen Your Creative Mind and suggests that the early hours of a day are best left to the bigger tasks while you mind is fresh!
Of course it's always great WHEN YOU HAVE A CHOICE on how you should plan you day. My mum went on an off-site time management course a few years ago and struggled to see the relevance of the course for herself given that she was a PA at the time and her schedule was set by her boss. In the real world I know many people face a diary that's not set by themselves. The era of Outlook shared calendars your working week can be filled even before it begins! I remember particularly a week in June 2012 when on the Monday morning (a little like today) I turned to my Outlook calendar to find out that every day was committed to a series of meetings and quickly realized my list of things to-do simply wasn't going to fit in. I'd also committed to an off-sighter TODAY which meant I was already late. Not a great start to my week. All my own fault. My bad.
After that fateful day last year, I've been working much harder at getting my time management right. But it's not simply a question of planning to work all of the time. Experts believe that we all have 'cycles' of performance - peaks and troughs - so you have to keep in tune
Here then are my '5 of the best' tips on HOW TO PREVENT YOUR CALENDAR FROM RULING YOU: