5 Ways to Control Your Time
By: Chris Croft
Level: Appropriate for all
Duration: 1h 35m
Released: Aug 9, 2016
Everybody wants more time.While you can’t make more hours in the day, you can find more time for the most important things in your life. In this course, Chris Croft introduces 5 simple time management tips to reduce distractions and stay focused on what matters.
The first—saying no—is simple in theory, but hard in practice. Chris explains how to reclaim the power of “no” to make room for true priority items. The second step, negotiation, allows you to spend less time on unimportant tasks. The third way is to delegate sometimes, and the fourth is improving systems and processes so that repetitive tasks are quickly and easily managed.
Last but not least, Chris explains how to overcome perfectionism and nitpicking. He explains how to apply the five methods to all time-stealers, including meetings, interruptions, and more.
In the initial chapters, he’ll help you clarify your life and work goals, prioritize to-dos using Eisenhower’s matrix of tasks, and answers questions like “Does working longer hours actually get more done?” The worksheets included with the exercise files will help you apply the lessons to your own work and life, and hone your time management skills—one step at a time.
- Making the most of every day
- Separating important from urgent items
- Using Eisenhower’s matrix of tasks
- Finding more time for important things
- Saying no
- Negotiating tasks
- Delegating to save time
- Improving your systems
- Letting go of perfectionism
- 1. The Importance of Time Management
- 2. Prioritizing
- 3. The 5 Ways to Control Your Time
Lecturer turned thought leader Chris Croft has trained 80,000+ people in project management and leadership.
Chris Croft comes from an operations background, having earned an engineering degree from Cambridge, qualified as a chartered engineer, and worked as a senior manager in manufacturing for ten years. He earned an MBA and worked as a university lecturer at Bournemouth University Business School for four years before starting his own training company in 1992. Since then, he has trained over 80,000 people, and his free email tips are sent to over 10,000 people.
His company, The Croft Management Centre, runs training courses in managing projects and schedules, sorting out problem teams, being a good boss, negotiating, and presenting. He also runs accredited management training for individuals and groups. The center’s website, www.chriscrofttraining.co.uk, offers a tip of the day, free email tip of the month, and free instant guides. Chris has also created numerous free iPhone and android apps.
His book Time Management is available from Amazon and most bookshops. He has eleven other “instant guide mini-books” at www.lulu.com and on Amazon Kindle Store, and recently published The Big Book of Happiness for the Kindle.