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1: Identify the guidelines of a good time management plan.
  1. Schedule time for breaks

  2. Prepare for crisis

  3. Ask for help

  4. Limit interruptions

  5. Create your ideal schedule

  6. Modify your current schedule

  7. Correspond your activities with your productivity cycles

2: Identify the obstacles of a time management plan.
  1. Deadlines

  2. Procrastination

  3. Crises

  4. Projects taking longer than anticipated

  5. Interruptions

  6. Being late

3: In the following dialog, Jack and Candace are discussing their time management plans.

Jack: Hi, Candace. How’s everything going for you?

Candace: Everything is going just fine, so far. Thank you for making time to see me.

Jack: No problem. What did you want to talk to me about?

Candace: Well, since I’ve been trying to prioritize the things I need to do every day, I realized that it would be a good idea to know the company’s priorities so that I can make sure I’m working on the right things. Does the company have a mission statement I could look at?

Jack: No, unfortunately since we’re a new company, we don’t have a formal mission statement yet. I’d be happy to e-mail you a list of some of our overall goals and priorities. Would that work?

Candace: Yeah, thanks. That would be great.

What does Candace need to help her prioritize her tasks?

Can you think of a situation in which you relied on your company’s mission statement to provide direction?

4: In the following dialog, Candace is interrupting Chris.

Candace: Hey, Chris. I was wondering if you have time to show me how to get into the accounting file on the computer. I’ve been trying to find it, but I’m not having any luck.

Chris: Candace, I really don’t have time to help you right now. I’m swamped with trying to get everything done I need to do today.

Candace: Chris, it would take only five minutes of your time.

Chris: Well, I don’t have five minutes of extra time, Candace.

Candace: Fine. Sorry to bother you.

What will be the impact of this interaction on the relationship between Candace and Chris?

Is it always possible to reply like this?

How should you prepare for such obstacles?



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