Become a Time Master:
180 Powerful Keys for Managers to Unlock More Time.
e-Report No. 13, ISBN 1 901810 05 9
Achieve More Than You Ever Thought Was Possible By Mastering Time Management
Without Neglecting Your Family and Damaging Your Health.
This is not just an e-book. It is a Senior Managers’ briefing. It goes beyond the usual “101 time management tips” – it taps into the psychology of what prevents us doing more – with ease.
Here’s what happens when you start turning just a handful of the 180 time-master keys.
- Gain spectacular results – accomplish twice as much – with less struggle.
- Get maximum return (benefit) on the time you spend on anything.
- Concentrate on what really matters to you, your company and your family. Banish the trivia.
- Feeling more in control – you’ll know exactly what you’re doing by the day, week, month, year and five years ahead.
- Start doing more of what you really enjoy – choose which of your favourite pastimes you’ll indulge in – without damaging your business.
- Your credibility and charisma will increase – graciousness and competence under pressure make a great leader.
Here are the keys the “Become a Time Master” Guide will help you to unlock the tremendous time-power within you:
39 keys for stopping time thieves dead in their tracks
Much of our precious time is wasted by unnecessary and often unwanted interactions with people – friends, colleagues, visitors, bosses and clients:
- 15 keys for dealing with people who “just pop in” uninvited
- 14 keys for ethically and safely dealing with bosses or clients who try to steal your time. Key No. 21 explains in detail how just one little word can save you weeks
- 10 more keys to deal with “spongers”
34 keys for releasing time trapped in appointments
Appointments are one of the biggest time-gobblers. Some are necessary and can be fruitful but many are unnecessary and unproductive. So, in the Guide you’ll find:
- 8 keys to use right at the beginning of an appointment
- 6 keys to “turn” when others request appointments with you
- 11 keys to apply when travelling to appointments
- 9 keys to ensure your appointments achieve what you want them to
34 Keys for unleashing the powerful magic of DELEGATION
- How to delegate when you don’t have anyone to delegate to
- How to use the psychology of delegation so that people enjoy delegation
- 5 of the biggest mistakes when delegating and how to avoid them
- 9 things to do to ensure your delegate does not make mistakes which then use up your time
- 7 ways to gain super time-value from your secretary or personal assistant – if you have one
16 Keys for organising your office
We humans waste the equivalent of a day a month looking for things and fighting the discomfort and annoyance of poor working conditions. The Guide shows you how to:
- Rescue about thirty minutes every day by taking a few simple steps to organise things in the office
- 5 concrete examples of how just small improvements in the working environment can dramatically improve your people’s, and hence your, productivity
- Use simple common-sense to make life easier for yourself – and thereby free-up your time
10 keys for quick and easy access to valuable information all around you
We humans also suffer from information overload at work and socially. Even when we cut out unnecessary information, we’re still left with a mountain of necessary information to deal with. The 10 keys in this section are worth their weight in hours and will show you:
- A simple filing system – one you can easily adapt it to your needs
- How to keep on top of every project and know its status and exactly what should be done next
- The time-saving power of a simple summary master sheet
31 Keys for unleashing the Time Master’s most powerful magic – PLANNING
Managers are already planning to some extent, but you can be even more effective at this – with not much more effort. In this section of the Guide you’ll find:
- 8 keys for short-term planning – such marvellous time-savers as the 5-minute plan and then a 15-minute day plan, then the weekly and monthly plans
- 3 on medium-term planning such as how to hold a straightforward three-year strategy event
- 4 on long-term planning with seven question checklists for undertaking a ten-year look ahead
- 5 keys to make planning even easier
- 11 more to help with overcoming the mental blocks to planning.
Time is all we have to achieve all the things we want to achieve. To master time is to master life and our life is going by whether we like it or not – you have no choice. All you can choose is how to use the time – how to spend your LIFE.
[Note: As you can see, the 180 keys are very powerful but you need a little time to apply them. So, if you need the basics – if you don’t have time to think – first read TAKE BACK CONTROL OF YOUR TIME AND LIFE: 139 ways to smash the tyranny of paperwork, emails, telephone calls and meetings. Click here to see more.
I read Become a Time Master after a hard day at work when I was tired and de-motivated. I realised immediately that it contained the tools to ensure my work life does not have to continue this way. I kept thinking ‘I can relate to that situation!’ and ‘There’s a good suggestion!
Natalie Pestana, Reservoir Engineer
Your Time Master keys are a great help. I particularly like the section on stopping time thieves. I have incorporated some of these keys and have found that people do not mind being asked to make appointments instead of just "dropping by". I am able to concentrate more on what is good for my department, the pupils, staff, and myself, by freeing up more time!
Ken McLeod, Music Co-ordinator
I'm going to keep this guide nearby for a long time - it's something you can learn from over and over again. I can see how some of my team are not using many of the keys and I will highly recommend this to them. Become a Time Master has also worked for my family.
Liz Thornton, Training Manager, Wood Group
We are all so busy these days but your guide has created a great window of light and goes beyond the usual 101 tips. I wish I'd had it years ago.
Keith Watson, Offshore Installation Manager
I now know exactly what has been stopping me achieving even more. I’ve been on time management courses before but the in depth insight about people and behaviours are brilliant. I’m happy to recommend Become a Time Master to others.
Dave Wilkinson, Drilling Engineering Manager.
The keys on "organising the valuable information about you" are fantastic. I have my finger in many pies and I find it difficult to keep on top of the "favourites" at all times. After reading "Become a Time Master”, I have made a few changes to my routine I'm a lot more organised.
George Cruickshank, HSEQ Manager
This is an insightful, balanced but most of all a practical guide on how to get the most out of the 25-hour-days we all work nowadays! Studying the guide has shown me that I encourage others to interrupt me. I won't allow it anymore. Studying this guide will help managers like me get some of my life back - one of the wisest investments I've made.
Dave Barwick, International Operations Manager
If you want a practical guide to learn the "ins and outs "of good time management from someone who actually DOES it every single day, Dr Bill's Guide is EXACTLY what you're looking for. He explains in plain language what you need to do and how to do it, but most importantly, he teaches you what works and what doesn't - in a way you can understand and use immediately.
Stewart Willox, Manager - Business Applications
When I saw the title, 180 keys to achieve more than you ever through possible, I had my doubts. NOT ANY MORE! It was great to read each key, one after the other, without long stories and theory. This is sound practical advice I'd recommend it to anyone.
Tim Barker, Operations Manager
I'm usually sceptical about time management - there is so much hot air around that subject. I'm also good with people but little did I realise how much more effective I could be in dealing with people who steal our time and in appointments. You've expressed complex issues so simply - and you come off the fence and give direct advice. I'm using those keys!
Roar Bekker, Region Manager - Europe/North Africa
Dr Bill has given an incredible blend of ingenuity and creativity grounded on real life experiences. Reading Time Master will give you personally and your business activity a real boost!
Vic Baxter, Managing Consultant
Your guide has helped me identify “time-stealers” more quickly and to protect myself! I know these keys work because I have seen others using them on me! I’ve already identified several that I will start working on immediately.
Dave Fenlon, Safety Coordinator.
The concise bullet-point way you've written Become a Time Master makes it a useful reference that should be kept on your desk to provide a constant reminder of clear common sense advice in dealing with the competing demands we all need to manage.
Norman Smith, HSE Manager.
I always considered myself efficient but even I learned some useful ways of freeing up more time. Just a few of the keys on organising information and the office will pay dividends.
Ewan Clark, General Practitioner
As a senior manager, I’m already pretty focused on what really matters. But I gained additional insights from your 8 psychological keys for maintaining mastery. It was a reminder that commonsense things like solving problems when they’re small, being more aware of time wasting situations and finding ways for making it easy for people to help me, are powerful time-savers.
Gerry Cooper, Well Operations Director
You’re right – our time is our life and I can already see myself becoming more of a Time Master. The thirty-one keys on panning are wonderful – they demystify the whole process and motivate you to do it.
Val Johnston-Jones, Director of Operations.
My job involves the combined time pressures of an increasingly busy National Health Service and academic deadlines, so the 34 keys on delegation in your Guide helped me delegate more - without being bossy.
Alison Murray, Senior Lecturer
You’ve given a wealth of valuable advice here. The section of delegation is worth a book on its own. I’m now concentrating even more on getting people on side – what a simple but powerful concept. Many thanks.
Ian Armstrong, Director.
If this hard-won, time mastery advice was given as an executive coaching session one-on-one or to a small group the fee would be in the region of £3875. Therefore, at £67.97 (excluding VAT) the Briefing is excellent value! Guarantee. My promise - if you don't feel that Become a Time Master will not a increase your ability to achieve more and lead to a better quality of working and family life, just return the Briefing for a full, no-quibble refund.
|Table of Contents|
|A special message||1|
|How to get the most from this Guide||2|
|1.||39 Keys for stopping time thieves dead in their tracks||4|
|How to deal with people who “just pop in”||5|
|How to deal with a boss or client who tries to steal your time||9|
|More ideas to stop time thieves||15|
|2.||34 Keys for releasing time trapped in appointments||20|
|When you make appointments||21|
|When others initiate appointments||23|
|When travelling to appointments||25|
|3.||34 Keys for unleashing the Time Master’s 2nd most powerful magic – DELEGATION||31|
|Start enjoying delegation – making it your best friend||32|
|How to delegate when you don’t have the people||34|
|How Time Masters delegate for maximum time saving||37|
|Getting the most from a delegate||38|
|Special note: making the most of your secretary or personal assistant||39|
|4.||16 Keys for getting your office organised||42|
|What do you need right now to help you work more effectively?||45|
|5.||10 Keys for quick and easy access to the valuable information all around you||47|
|6.||8 Keys to ensure large tasks get done on time and with minimum hassle||53|
|7.||31 Keys for unleashing the Time Master’s most powerful magic – PLANNING||57|
|Short term planning||59|
|Medium term planning||62|
|Long term planning||63|
|Some keys to assist with planning||67|
|Overcoming the fear of planning||70|
|8.||8 Overarching keys to maintain your mastery||71|
|Thank you for persisting with this Guide to the end||72|
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