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04/03/13
Deadlines and Time Management. Training to help get things done.
Filed under: Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 1:25 pm

We are all busy, or at least we say we are. 

I am amazed with a group of 18 scientists and engineers
that a set of them consistently turn in assignments late
or never, and always indicate they have too many conflicts
at the time.  It is true, it can happen occasionally, and we
allow for it.

They should know many times in advance that they will
need more time and give notice rather than just submitting
assignments late. 

Earlier we posted some suggestions:
[ rules of thumb for time management ] :
80/20 rule-  plan,  evaluate, prioritize, and organize
2-minute rule- short time tasks (2min or less), do when
                          assigned, waiting only makes them longer
5-second rule- visual information needs proper easy
                          to understand design, ie, 1-7-7 rule
                          [1 topic, 7 words/line, 7 lines/page]
Despite knowing these, several remain tardy.

A recent post by E. Garbugli identified 26 time management
tips
, of which three strike me as leading steps we can take–

-separate important, urgent and strategic tasks and allocate
sufficient time to meet goals

-be aware more time devoted does not mean higher productivity

-separate emotional from thinking elements;  create
checklists, and make budgets and deadlines work for you.

While we cannot force people to see the advantages of
disciplined thinking, we can provide assignments with
checklists, strategic redundancies and deadlines to
model the behavior and practice professionally. 

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