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How To Stop Wasting Time At Work

Businessman holding a pocket watchDo you find yourself staying late at work, or coming in on weekends to finish your job load? An important aspect to consider is if you are truly overworked and boggled down with too much to do, or if you are simply not productive with your time. Learn More

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Time Management Tips – Infographic

Sometimes it really does seem as though there isn’t enough hours in the day to get all of your work done, and if you don’t keep on top of your workload it can easily spiral out of your control. The short infographic below gives you 5 key points to help you manage your time more effectively and keep on top of your day. Learn More


How The Urgent Overshadows The Important

On one of our courses, we were discussing why managers don’t always get done in the day what they need to get done.

Most managers tell me that they are driven by the ‘urgent’…and that interferes with what is ‘important’. Learn More

5 Ways To Master Your Time

One thing is certain as a manager…you will never have enough time to do everything you need to get done. At least, at the quality you would like to.

So, one of the best qualities you can develop as a manager is the ability to make the best possible choices with the time you have available. Learn More

New Time Management Tips

I’m always looking for new and creative ways to teach people how to manage their time properly. Today I’ve got just a few new time management tips for you to consider as you go about your workday.

Planning Unplanned Phone Calls

Alright, you can’t really plan things that are unplanned but you can set aside a specific block of time in your day during which you will return unplanned phone calls. Planned phone calls are those you have previously agreed to or scheduled. Unplanned phone calls are the ones that interrupt you while you are working on other things. The key is to not allow people to interrup you as you work, instead making it a point to return calls when you are actually available and ready to focus.

Stop Saying YES

Those of us in management positions often want to say “yes” to others when asked for assistance and then later find that the tasks we initially thought might be simple are actually more time consuming than we had originally anticipated. Before saying “yes” to a request you should be asking as many questions as you see fit, determing exactly what will be expected of you if you decide to participate in a task. Don’t be afraid to say “No” if you don’t have the right amount of time to dedicate to a project.

Be Challenging

Do you regularly attend “mandatory” meetings in which higher-ups hash the same information over and over again? Maybe they call you together regularly to simply delegate work. Are these things that could easily be handled by memo or email instead of through the use of a time-wasting meeting? Challenge those above you and make sure those meetings are actually “immediate and urgent” before they’re labeled “mandatory.”

Are you ready to take control of your time? Incorporate these time management tips along with some of the others you’ve already learned and you’ll soon find you have taken control of your life back!

Thanks again,


Sean McPheat

Managing Director

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More Time Management Tips

With the holiday season quickly approaching I’m sure you’ll find time management to be more difficult than ever before. Between working your regular office hours, attending holiday parties, and preparing your home you’ll find you have less time than you’ve had since – well, last holiday season, most likely!

I thought it would be a good idea to share a few more time management tips to help you control your workflow as you approach the holidays. Hopefully these will help you to keep things running smoothly as you attempt to create extra time for your family and friends over the coming month.


Set Specific Time Limits

Yes, you do need to check your email and keeping up with the news is a part of life, but do you really have to spend half of your day distracted by these simple tasks? Instead set a time limit and stick to it – perhaps you may limit yourself to an hour a day to check your email and read the newspaper. Setting specific limits will keep you from wasting time you could spend doing other things.

Delegate Your Authority

Put those delegation skills to work! There is absolutely no reason you should feel as though you need to do everything on your own. Start sharing tasks with your team members or employees! You’ll not only get your projects completed faster but you’ll strengthen your team by encouraging them to work together!

Get a Grip on Reality

The truth of the matter is that there are only 24 hours in any given day. Period. End of statement. No ifs, ands, or buts. No more, no less. You can’t magically create a longer day, and you (believe it or not) can not go for days on end without food or sleep. Accept the fact that you can only do a certain amount of work within any given day and that the rest will have to wait until tomorrow. You’ll avoid burnout and lead a happier, more productive life.

Add these tips to your time management arsenal and let me know how you’re doing. Have you seen any changes in your workflow over the past months? Are you still working on a time management plan?

Thanks again,


Sean McPheat

Managing Director

MTD Training   | Image courtesy of Big Stock Photo

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Finding a Mentor

pig backWhen I first started out as a manager I found myself spending hours upon hours coaching and training my employees, but at the time I had poor time management skills and wasn’t making enough time for my own personal growth. I quickly realized that if I was going to continue to grow I was going to have to find a mentor, but doing so was easier said than done. Learn More