Is Your Time Management Stressing You Out? - March 22, 2012 by timemanagementmum

People are stressed.

Work. Family. Kids. Friends. Extracurricular. Community. And more…

Sometimes it seems like too much.

However, the only thing that stresses people more than their work… is keeping up with their work.

Does your time management stress you out?

Structure or Stress?

I often see people whose organization (or attempt thereof)  has taken over their lives.

They spend more time trying to be organized than they do being organized.

“The best time management system is the one that you forget about.

It becomes effortless and part of your daily activities and habits.”

Time management is supposed to simplify our lives.

Yet, many people cite their time management as a part of their stress.

Too Much Organization

Too much extra effort… too many tools… too much planning.

Is your time management too complicated?

  • Too Much Effort – Does your system take so much extra effort that it becomes a chore in itself?
  • Apps With Too Many Features – If it takes you 17 steps to record a task, that is too much. You have seen the apps that have more options than the control panel of a commercial airliner.
  • Systems That Are Too Complex – Some of the most popular time management systems are so complex, they require a flowchart to explain. And then, I constantly read about people “falling off the wagon,” only to try and get back on. Simply put, they are non-sustainable.
  • Techniques That Are Not Life Oriented – Time management should fit into our daily lives. After all, that is what it is truly about: life management. Yet, many tools and systems are not flexible enough to be used in our work and home lives.
  • Busy But Not Productive – If your system is all about getting everything done, instead of the important, then you will find yourself burnt out. Endlessly spinning your wheels trying to accomplish things that may not have been worth doing in the first place.

Effortless Time Management

Your time management should be effortless.

It should ease your burden, not make it worse.

Time management should be a part of your life, not something you have to constantly get back on track.

Question: Is your time management system part of the solution or has it only added to the problem? Share your ideas in the comments below.


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EPIC adds Hilton Brown as Vice President of Claims Management - February 22, 2012 by timemanagementmum

Edgewood Partners Insurance CenterLOS ANGELES, Calif., Feb. 21, 2012 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — EPIC (Edgewood Partners Insurance Center), a retail property, casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage, announced today the addition of Hilton Brown who will oversee client claims and advocacy in the company’s Los Angeles and Irvine offices. Brown will also provide claims support for sister company PowerGuard Insurance Services, located in Irvine, Calif. Brown brings 22 years of claims management and client advocacy experience to EPIC.

At EPIC, Brown will oversee client care and service, claims management, claims review and audits, negotiation, and client advocacy. In this role, Brown will assist clients with education and assistance in the claims process and will ensure the receipt of timely and accurate settlement payments.

“Hilton is an outstanding addition to our growing team in Southern California and an excellent resource for our clients,” said EPIC co-founder, Dan Francis. “We are very pleased to have a professional of Hilton’s caliber join EPIC.”

Before joining EPIC, Brown spent nine years with Marsh, Inc. located in Los Angeles, Calif., starting as an associate consultant and progressing to the position of vice president. Brown managed client advocacy, negotiations with insurers and adjusters, vendor relations, settlement support, and claims oversight for general liability and property loss throughout Marsh’s entire western region.

“I’ve landed in a great place,” states Brown. “EPIC highly values innovation and delivers an excellent standard of client care while fostering a healthy work/life balance for their employees. In our industry, the EPIC culture is unique and I am excited to be a part of their growing team.”

Brown is a graduate of Santa Ana College, where he obtained an Associates of Arts in Liberal Arts. Additionally, he holds an Associate in Risk Management certification and a current California Fire & Casualty license.

Brown is an officer of Toastmasters International, Inc. and is recognized by the organization as a “Competent Communicator.”

Hilton Brown can be contacted at:
EPIC Insurance Brokers
555 S Flower St, Suite 4420
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Direct Phone: 213-629-8904
Cell Phone: 949-943-0553
Fax: 888-772-3742
Email: hbrown@edgewoodins.com.

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EPIC is a new and innovative California-based retail property and casualty and employee benefits insurance brokerage firm. The company provides a unique equity ownership opportunity and has created a values-based culture that attracts and retains top talent, fosters employee satisfaction and loyalty and sustains a high level of customer service excellence.

The fastest growing brokerage in the state, EPIC now has nearly 300 team members operating from seven offices across California (Los Angeles, Irvine, Folsom, San Francisco, San Mateo Petaluma and San Ramon).

With nearly million in revenues, EPIC ranks among the top 50 retail insurance brokers in the United States and is the 5th largest privately-held broker in California. For more information, please visit http://www.edgewoodins.com .

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Ways To Use These Good Time Management Methods To Skyrocket Your Productivity Always - January 26, 2012 by timemanagementmum

One of the most fruitful undertakings for an internet marketer is to become more efficient and gain more time. Most people in business on the net do not even begin to think about this until they are stretched as thin as they can go. So you need to ensure that you’re on the right track and always work to be improving your time management skills. It’s really not as complicated as people make it out to be. If you need to do something, then you can begin right here in this article on managing your time.

You should regularly invest your money in things that just work.  That is why selecting a impeccable web host like Hostgator is the first thing you should do.

Keep track of your time so that you know where it is being spent. You can do this by carrying a record of all your activities and thoughts. You’ll know precisely how much of your time is spent on productivity. This allows you to improve your time management skills as you progress. So shooting in the dark should not be an option for you when you’re trying to manage your time. The more effort you put into knowing your own habits and understanding your own approach, things will be blurry.

Even just this one step will help you make your time management skills better. You maybe already know that so many things that we do as web marketers is not the most exciting stuff in the world. What you do each day will depend on your marketing method, so you will do what is required of you. If you can outsource, then that is a good idea but the catch is to have the money for it. What is usually the deciding criteria for outsourcing has to do with losing money per hour doing the mundane things. The clear path to taking your business to higher levels is getting into money and hiring others to help you.

The first half an hour of your day should be set aside for planning. If you want to stay ahead of yourself then this step is important. You can really help yourself by spending that time planning out your day’s activities. You will know in which direction you’re moving, which will help you re-design your activities if needed. So, overall, your goal needs to be making sure that you getting as much work done as possible in as little time as possible. As long as you persevere, managing your time as an Internet Marketer isn’t all that difficult.

Finding success when you are an Internet marketer is all about building a really strong foundation before you do anything else. To do that properly, you need to know how and where your time is getting spent. If you want to get the most from your online business, you need to make sure that you are good at time management. There is a lot more that you can achieve from your Internet marketing business if you simply get this right. Your mind should be focused on enhancing your productivity and skills, while you progress. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and apply the above time management tips to get better results from your IM business.

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Video: Time Management for Creative People - December 15, 2011 by timemanagementmum

Here’s a video interview I recorded about Time Management for Creative People at the Royal College of Art, just before I gave a talk on the subject at the college. (If you’re reading via email, click here to see the video.)

Topics covered in the video include:

  • Why time management matters to creative people (even if they don’t like to admit it!)
  • How to manage a portfolio creative career, juggling multiple creative projects at at time
  • Why I use a post-it note for my daily to-do list
  • How to avoid constantly checking email on your phone (without relying on willpower)
  • How to prioritize between creative ideas, deadlines and things that pay the bills
  • Where time management shades into big picture career decisions

The lighting wasn’t ideal, so I’m looking a little more sepulchral than usual, but I hope you find the ideas in the video useful.

If you haven’t see my ebook Time Management for Creative People you can download it for free here.

If you’d like me to run a workshop on the subject for your organisation, here are the details.

Thanks to the team at FuelRCA for inviting me to speak – they are doing a great job of providing CPD tailored to the needs of the arts and design students at the college. And they have a cool blog, click here for their notes on my talk.


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31 Ninja Ways To Better Time Management - October 30, 2011 by timemanagementmum

What do you need to do?

I know what’s on your todo list.

Are you looking for solutions instead of talk?

Today, I am announcing TMN’s first time management short course.

It is entitled, “31 Days, 31 Ways: Daily Tips for Time Management Mastery.

31 Days to Change Your Life

Most of us know what we need to do.

We know where we are not getting things done.

Many people talk…

- I don’t have enough time

- I need to be more organized.

- I need to get more done.

My question to you is…

What action are you taking TODAY?

This short course presents 31 daily bite-sized lessons.

Each lesson contains a hands-on exercise to do that very day.

Each topic concludes with a “Ninja Tip” to help you take your productivity to the next level.

31 Ways to Take Action

Too many people talk about being more productive.

Philosophy. Zen. Water stories.

I have always preferred an action-oriented time management.

It’s not what you talk about doing. It’s about what you actually do.

It’s not about yesterday or even tomorrow.

What defines you is what you DO today.

With my course, in just 31 days you will have taken 31 definitive actions to improve your time management.

You will have accomplished 31 steps forward in getting your life organized and increasing your productivity.

31 Days, 31 Ways to Improve Your Time Management

I challenge you to download my time management course today.

I’m confident that the lessons in this e-workbook will enable you to reclaim your time and take control of your life. I am offering a money-back guarantee if you are not satisfied or feel your productivity has not increased.

There are several bonuses for those that take action now, including an upcoming LIVE webinar and access to the private TMN community site.

(See the course details by clicking the book below.)

So, what are you waiting for?

Take action today. And take control of your life and time management.

What are your biggest time management challenges?


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TMN’s 12 Rules of Project Management - October 24, 2011 by timemanagementmum

Project management.

These two words bring thoughts of complexity, confusion, and even fear to many companies.

People believe that project management is some sort of secret art that few people can master.

I am here to tell you, it’s not that difficult.

It just takes hard work, discipline, and more hard work.

Unfortunately, many companies fall short in these areas.

Making Project Management Hard

Want to know why so many companies have problems with project management?

It is simple: They overcomplicate things.

Really.

If your corporate project has meetings with 15 people present and project updates that are mini-novels… then your project has gotten too complex.

If your project documentation is larger than the manual needed to start up a nuclear reactor… then it has gotten too complex. (I would know.)

If over half of your time is scheduled for project updates with various stakeholders… then it definitely has gotten too complex.

Why do companies do this?

For many, they feel that they have to “include” everyone before they make a decision.

For others, it is because they are incapable of making a decision. Sometimes it’s both.

Many companies confuse complexity with skill and work accomplished.

“Unless you are planning the next deep space mission, you don’t need a 48-page Gantt chart on how you are going to launch that new project.”

Oh, but your company doesn’t have issues with project management, you say?

Do any of these sound familiar…?

- Projects don’t finish on time (Sometimes they don’t finish at all.)

- Budgets are expected to be exceeded

- Deadline extensions are assumed

- Status updates are sent out more often than actual work products

The simple fact is that most companies are their own worst enemy when it comes to project management.

TMN’s 12 Rules of Project Management

In the name of simplicity, I am not going to provide a dissertation on project management.

Instead, here are my 10 thumb rules for project management:

  1. Keep It Simple. – I wish I had something flashier as Rule #1. But, this is always #1. The most common reason projects fail is because they are made too complex. Often they don’t start that way, but they quickly become overrun by too many people, too many status updates, & too many documents. What begins as a 4 person project becomes a review by 24 people and the entire executive suite.
  2. Bring the A-Team - Important projects aren’t done by one person. It takes a team of people with different skills and strengths. Allow team players to contribute their individual strengths. You may have a technical expert. A detail person. The get-it-done action hero. Each brings different skills needed to make the overall project a success.
  3. You Don’t Have Time For Non-Participants - Every project has their share of critics, nay-sayers and non-participants. My recommendation: Don’t bother with them. If someone is not contributing or doesn’t want to be part of the team, remove them and be quick about it. Their presence will only to serve to obstruct and demotivate the other team members. The sports coach is swift to bench the player who is complaining and not giving 100%. Yet, in the corporate world, companies often feel like they owe everybody the chance to participate.
  4. Have a Plan, Not a Thesis – Ah, the infamous project plan. You have to have one, right? Yes, you do need a plan. However, abide by Rule #1. Don’t make a NASA-sized plan for a simple project. Keep it simple, straightforward, and lean. It doesn’t have to be pretty, it has to be effective. Bloated, colorful project plans only serve to waste time and add unnecessary complexity. I worked with one company that was more concerned about the look and format of status updates than the quality of work being done on the actual project.
  5. Use the Right Tools – What are the right tools? They are the tools that get the job done and that your team will use. It may be a white board or written status board. It may be project management software. Whatever it is, make sure that you and your team are using it religiously.
  6. Speed is Key - Many projects get bogged done in the planning phase. They are slow to start and some never get out of the gate. Speed matters. It builds momentum. Haste doesn’t always make waste. Don’t underestimate the power of speed to get work done.
  7. Keep Deadlines Deadly - Why is it OK to miss deadlines in today’s world? Make sure your projects live and die by their deadlines. Keep deadlines tight and do not be afraid to allot projects less time than initially estimated. Deadlines bring accountability, creativity, and hard work.
  8. Make Decisions - Make decisions and make them often. A project without swift decisions is a research project. It isn’t going anywhere. Good project managers make good decisions with the information at hand. Good decisions now are always better than perfect decisions later.
  9. Every Project Hits the Wall – Heads up, your project will have a crisis. Every project does at some point. Even the best of plans will hit rough spots. Be ready for them. Expect them and allow enough resources and time to deal with them. Every successful project has a low point, the key is pushing forward when it occurs.
  10. Listen to the Doers - Want to know how a project is going? Ask those doing the work. Many projects derail because they start “listening to the sidelines.” That is, they begin listening to people not directly involved in the project. Don’t let sideline chatter change the actual work being done. Ignore it, and instead listen to the ones doing the work.
  11. Beware The Fire Drill – Some projects are within inches of completion when someone pulls the fire alarm. This can stop a successful project in its tracks. Often this will be a minor detail that threatens to derail the larger effort. It can even be when a senior leader decides late in the game that they are going to try and influence the project at the last-minute. Avoid fire drills that do not serve the goal of the project. When the fire drill comes, stop and ask, “Is this something that needs to be addressed before the project completes?”
  12. You Have to Finish to Win - Have you ever been on a project that runs out of gas within sight of the finish line? It never quite gets there. It doesn’t come to completion and loose ends abound. Unless there is a decision made to cancel the project, make sure that your project actually finishes.

A Dozen Rules, Plus One

I thought I would go ahead and make it a baker’s dozen… here is a bonus rule…

13. Beware the Buzzwords – You should be very concerned if you find yourself in endless meetings hearing words like: stakeholders, Gantt chart, gap analysis, and post-mortem. These are terms that are often bandied about by those trying to avoid work. Or covering up the lack thereof. Run… run the other way.

Remember, there are 3 things that get projects done: hard work, discipline, and more hard work.

What are you best project management rules? How is your company at project management?


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Professional Community Management of California, Inc. Signs Park Paseo - September 13, 2011 by timemanagementmum

common-interest residential developmentsLAKE FOREST, Calif., Sept. 12, 2011 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Professional Community Management of California, Inc. (PCM), one of the nation’s largest managers of common-interest residential developments, will manage Park Paseo in Irvine, CA. With 625 single-family homes and nine acres of greenbelt space and walking paths, it is one of the largest homeowner associations in the city.

“PCM has nearly 40 years experience in managing large-scale master planned developments,” said Donny Disbro, chief executive officer of PCM. “Our award-winning community managers and staff are leaders in our industry and take great pride in providing services to our clients that provide an excellent lifestyle and value.”

The 30-year old community selected PCM because of its expertise in improving and beautifying communities, as well as the use of technology to manage and communicate projects with residents. PCM also plans to support and underwrite community and recreational events to create greater cohesion among neighbors.

“We were impressed by PCM’s experience in major capital renovations and maintenance as well as supporting community activities and involvement,” said Tanja Fournier, president of the homeowner association board at Park Paseo. “We are very excited about teaming up with PCM for many years to come.”

As a community management company, PCM serves as an agent to the association’s board of directors providing budget guidance, communicating with the board of directors and the residents. PCM also will manage projects of interest to Park Paseo and oversee vendors for landscaping and other services.

About Professional Community Management of California:
Professional Community Management of California, Inc. (PCM) specializes in the management of Common Interest Developments of homeowner associations for family oriented master-planned developments, resort-style master-planned communities, active-adult master-planned communities, condominium associations and boutique communities throughout Southern California and Nevada.

With headquarters in Lake Forest, Calif., PCM and its companies employ a staff of more than 1,500 people. PCM has offices serving all of Southern California and has been recognized by the Multi Housing Council as one of the county’s largest managers of common interest developments. Management services by PCM are backed by state-of-the art Internet technology and comprehensive financial and management systems. For additional information, please contact PCM at 800.369.7260 or at www.pcminternet.com .

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Time Management Training: What is it? - November 21, 2010 by timemanagementmum

What exactly is time management training?

Typically, time management training will involve a range of tools and learning of new skills which can be beneficial in helping you to manage your time more effectively. You may learn about planning, goal setting, delegation, organizing, scheduling, and prioritizing.

Time management training courses can help individuals and organizations to manage their time and resources, therefore ensuring effectiveness and productivity. Business time management training can assess the way your company runs and monitor time spent. Then recommendations can be made on how to streamline efforts. Individual time management courses generally teach people skills and provide tools for the person to assess their own current management skills and implement more efficient methods.

Time management training courses are specially designed for businesses to manage both individual time as well as the time for the whole team. Prioritizing tasks is a large method taught in these courses and more effective methods of communication between team members can also be identified.

After completing the time management training, participants should be able to identify areas where they can improve productivity. They will also be able to determine potential circumstances which may hinder progression and how to avoid or limit these circumstances.

Key elements for successful time management training courses include:

  • Identify time constraints and possible solutions
  • Determining time value and ways to save time
  • Discovering how to spend time on most important and profitable activities.
  • Organization and maximizing productivity.
  • Delegating tasks and determining which activities to say “no” to.
  • Prioritizing and valuing urgent, important and unimportant tasks
  • Setting and managing goals

What should I look for in effective time management training?

There are many time management training courses and providers available. Word of mouth is one of the most effective ways to find good training in your area. Make sure to research credentials and qualifications from any trainer to determine if their background and training will fit your particular needs. You may also request client testimonials and case studies from a provider. With the number of training programs available, prices can vary widely as well as the amount of time spent in the training. Making a list of the things you wish to accomplish from your time management training will also help guide you to the provider who can best fit your desired outcome.

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Career Management – Are you an effective leader? - September 20, 2010 by timemanagementmum
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Career Management – Are you an effective leader ?

How do you rate you if your employees were asked about you as their boss? Become strong, effective manager does not happen overnight, and often there is a role for which people are poorly trained.

Of course, you are expected to lead and show a direction, you are responsible for the development of your employees, and it is up to you to ensure that the team’s performance meets or exceeds goals budget.

How do you go about these tasks largely determines how effective you will be. If your team does not function well, nor do you

Your job is not to be friends with everyone (you should not be). However, some common mistakes can mean the difference between the fact that you are good or not so great. Fortunately, they can be corrected.

Contact

Establish communication channels with each of your direct reports. In the first week that a person gets on board, you must meet to clarify objectives, set goals, make sure it is being formed, and specify how you want it to keep you informed. For example: do you want her to submit a status report? How often? In what format? What information should it include?

trust your employees

Let them do their job. If you have established a solid two-way communications and were clear about the goals and objectives, they should have what they need to perform. Trust them, and they are more likely to trust you

Never reprimand an employee in front of others

true story. Picture a staff meeting at which all members of the senior management team are present. The CEO lashes at the head of sales for a mistake and spent the next 15 minutes berating him, throwing in colorful language for good measure. Not only the employee in question is closer to quitting, but everyone in the room who had to witness the explosion was very uncomfortable. This meeting is still spoken by more than a year later. morale? Not so much.

When you have consumed time, the aggressive revenue targets, the pressure from your boss, and all other applications for employment on a day to day basis, it may be easy to let this slip. Supervisors are good enough to tell his subordinates what they should do better or pointing errors (which is very good – and necessary), but they sometimes forget to acknowledge a job well done. And contrary to the reprimand, which should always be private, it is nice to cuddle people on their backs to the public.

The people feel comfortable asking questions?

It is very frustrating for a person to work in an environment where he feels to put a question mark him as an employee standards. It is normal not to know everything.

People feel free to give an honest opinion?

Promoting an environment where you can count on members of volunteer teams honest assessments is important. If you regularly ignore, discount or shoot down ideas, employees will not be as open.

Do not micromanage

This trend may come from a perfectly normal desire to make sure everything is taken care of. However, it will only make the team more productive. If all movements of a person is questioned and every decision made is canceled, you create what you fear most …. people who do not think for themselves.

Do not constantly switch gears

You have a complicated piece of equipment in development. The delivery date is very aggressive and the staff work tirelessly to meet deadlines en route. Yet you’ve changed everything from paint color to the size of the screw fixing the logo plate – as if any change came at the 11th hour. Do not make it impossible for people to do their job.

Be honest

If things must be improved, be open about it. If a mistake was made, the recognition – and help the employee do what they need to correct

Also, if your unit is in trouble and it is obvious that your team is fully aware the severity. the situation and concerned about job security, it is better to face the situation head to pretend it does not exist. Even if you do not want to disclose a lot of information (and you will not at liberty to do so), take control and tell them what you can.

Care of your employees

Get to know them, identify their key talents, develop skills, motivate them, support them. They will benefit – and you too.


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Time Management Tips - September 15, 2010 by timemanagementmum

Here are some time managment tips and resources:

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