Friday, 24 June 2011

Time Management and Technology

Technology is often the reason why you waste time - the most obvious example being social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace etc.
But you can learn to use technology to help manage your time better too. Let us see how.

You can use your cell phone to make your To-Do-Lists. It not just gives you a complete record of things done and yet to be done, but it also allows you to put reminders, notes and alarms to ensure that you do not forget to do your important tasks.

There are a number of Goal-Setting softwares and websites you can use that not only help you break your goals into smaller achievable units but also help you to monitor your progress regularly. I will soon come up with my own set of recommended such websites and softwares.

Set timely notes or inspirational quotes in your mobile phone, computer, PDA etc that will keep you motivated on your path to success. For example, you can set up a new quote everyday on your cell phone that you may see every morning when you get up.

Try avoiding going for meetings as much as possible. Use e-mail, chat, text messaging and phone calls as much as possible. When someone requests you to meet him/her, always ask yourself these Three Questions:

1. Is it beneficial to meet this person?
2. Can this work not be done through e-mail, phone, chat etc?
3. If there is no way out but meeting this person, can I call him/her to the my office/home at the time that is most convenient for me?

If none of these options work out,then go meet this person but do ensure that you do not forget to do your list of daily tasks.
Warning: Do not make your self a social recluse.

These are some of the ways you can befriend technology to your advantage.

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