Essay on Time Management Action Plan

2353 Words Apr 11th, 2005 10 Pages
For me it seems like there is too many tasks to complete and seldom enough time. Effective and efficient time management is something that I have room for improvement on and have great use of. I started by taking a time management survey.
#1 Accept Problem
My results from this diagnostic survey on time management assured me that my time management skills are low. The survey revealed that I am on the bottom of the scale of time management. There were two sections of the survey. One section measured your time management skills in an office setting and the other section measured your time management skill in your personal life. By having two sections you can compare your time management skills for the two different settings. The total
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Following is an example of a two-day period using the daily list type of schedule with a simple A-B-C priority system (A = Highest Priority, B = Moderate Priority, C = Lowest Priority.). I found that this is a good scale to use. Some people have scales 1-5, but I prefer this more simple kind of rating. This could be my schedule:
Thursday (Home from school at 6:30 P.M.)
Review notes for business law class. (A)
Study for human resources test. (B)
Work out at the gym. (B)
Go out for dinner with girlfriend. (A)
Write an email to parents. (C)
Friday (No classes.)
Do marketing project. (A)
Get a haircut. (B)
SHRM meeting. (C)
Work out. (A)
Review notes for test next week. (C)
Watch a movie. (C)

In this schedule, long-term goals should be reflected but there is flexibility to this schedule. One of my goals from the goal-setting example is to finish my bachelor's degree. Keeping this in mind, it also appears that another goal is to be a good boyfriend and son. This is a balanced schedule because it includes time for exercise, contact with parents, and a movie.
A written list is essential. The list should be somewhere available throughout the day. I could carry a notebook or card with the items on it. It could also be helpful to post the list somewhere as a reminder.
I considered a more detailed kind of schedule. It is recommended for people who need more structure than the flexible list method offers.

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