Time management

Has it ever happened that when the summer holidays have disappeared in a hot ball of sun, you catch yourself saying: ‘It can’t be that close to the next holidays already! I’m still catching up with the ‘beginning of year’ backlog!’ Or perhaps you’re one of the truly organised ones, who never feels behind-hand. If so, this article is not for you. We’re going to talk about strategies to cope with that ugly feeling of overload in your daily work.

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Saying no
There's much emphasis today on saying yes - and rightly so. However there are times when it makes sense to say no - or at least not now. As a manager, it is essential you keep in mind the long term picture - although there are many examples of people later regretting saying no. But examples of people saying no when that turns out to be the right decision might get less publicity, but are far from rare.

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Working collaboratively with others is different from working on your own - and it's often one of the first challenge any business owner faces when trying to grow their business. Increasingly, the challenge is as much about finding the right tool as it is about learning the right behaviour. Phil Astley shares his experience of one tool which he finds invaluable.

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If you are overwhelmed by the clutter around your home and your office, Angella Gilbert shows you how to bring order out of chaos

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Standing out in a crowd
As we rush headlong towards the silly season, Robyn Pearce suggests that going against the trend can actually put you in a better place - one where you are ahead of the game and better off because of it.

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Are you always late for meetings? Or effortlessly early? Robyn Pearce puts it down to the kind of person you are - and suggests, if you are never anywhere on time, that you can reform that bad habit of always arriving late!

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Do you find the things you put off till tomorrow somehow stay on the back burner a lot longer than you anticipated? Here are ten thoughts to help you break the habit!

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Notebook
The busier we become the more we forget, and it's easy for important things to slip through the cracks. Tracy Stockman suggests some simple steps to be more productive and help improve your memory.

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Hour glass
You have a ton of things to do to get your desk out from under the mountain of paperwork that covers it. Yet you put things off. You find yourself making social phone calls, visiting Starbucks several times a day or surfing the internet. Laurie Miller reckons it might not be your fault and delves into some of the possible reasons you might be procrastinating.

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Most businesses have an annual cycle and it's imperative to know what that cycle is for your business. Leah Grant explains how to make the most of that annual downtime.

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If you are drowning in clutter, Patty Kreamer has a simple solution to help you get organised

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Teach people to own the issue
Whether you're managing a sales team, working with contractors or outsourced suppliers, or even looking for a way to encourage family to step up, Janet Lapp shows you how to make people accountable. And it's not only good for you, it's good for them too.

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Having a Clean Sweep Day gets you back on top of everything
When you feel distracted by work and personal 'clutter', you may be 30 to 50 percent less effective on what matters most in business & meeting your goals. Melanie Strick suggests a seemingly radical but efficient way to get back on top of it all.

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With all the hype around "being on the Cloud", what do you need to do to take advantage of the opportunities it offers? Tor Cunningham steps you through some of the main considerations.

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Clock
It sometimes seems like there are more and more things to fit in a day - and fewer hours to do them in! Robyn Pearce offers her eight all-time best time-saving tips to help you keep tabs on where your time is going, and squeeze more into your available hours.

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Have you listed your ad and found yourself swamped by applicants? Do you want some insider's tips on how to manage the process professionally and effectively?

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Do you want to make more money in your business right now? Do you want more time to spend with your family? Do you want to take more overseas trips or have 3 months off work? Do you want to follow your passion but don’t know how? Kim Baird shares her strategy for success.

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keyboard
When we're dealing with email it's easy to fall into bad habits which affect our productivity and irritate others. Robyn Pearce reminds us about email netiquette and suggests some useful tactics.

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diary and spectacles
No matter whether you are meeting with clients, associates or members of your own team, or whether you are pitching for business or keeping a project on track, Robyn Pearce is adamant a good agenda will be hugely useful. She says this goes for one-on-one meetings as well as big groups.

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Texting on mobile phone
If you've been thinking texting is just a great way to keep in touch with family and friends, think again. Debbie Mayo-Smith encourages you to use it to make your business more friendly, helpful, efficient and profitable.

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