Successful Time Management for Dummies

  • 7h 24m
  • Dirk Zeller
  • John Wiley & Sons (US)
  • 2009

Practical strategies and advice for putting time on your side—and keeping it there!

Feel like you never have enough hours in the day? No matter what career and job role you're in, this plain-English guide delivers solutions for working better and faster, getting rid of time-wasting distractions, and ultimately, reducing stress. You'll see how to eliminate late nights at the office and spend more time with family, friends — or even yourself!

  • Set yourself up for success — assess your strengths and weaknesses, establish goals, and create a routine
  • Overcome time-management obstacles — communicate more effectively, circumvent interruptions, and eliminate procrastination
  • Focus your efforts — identify your most important tasks, prioritize your daily efforts, block off time, and plug in to-do items
  • Put a value on your time — grasp the time-equals-money concept, figure your hourly income, and boost your hourly value
  • Streamline your workspace — assemble essential tools, keep a clutter-free desktop, and create an environment that fosters solid focus
  • Find a work/life balance — maximize the use of your personal time and enjoy a rich, rewarding life away from the office

Open the book and find:

  • Specific insight addressing challenges for admin staff, salespeople, owners and executives, and managers
  • Tools to help organize your physical and electronic workspace for optimal productivity
  • Suggestions for using traveling time well
  • Strategies for communicating directly, effectively, and tactfully
  • Tips and tricks for handling interruptions and ending procrastination
  • Guidance for working efficiently with supervisors, colleagues, and business associates

About the Author

Dirk Zeller started his entrepreneurial business career almost 40 years ago through lemonade stands. He has been recognized as an efficient time manager and top sales performer in every field he’s entered, from professional racquetball to business sales of advertising, marketing, and event sponsorship to consumer-direct sales fields such as real estate. His time management skills were legendary in the real estate field, where he sold over 150 homes a year while working Monday through Thursday, taking Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off.

Dirk has been teaching, coaching, and training success, sales, and time management strategies to executives, managers, and salespeople since 1998, when he founded Sales Champions and Real Estate Champions. He is one of the most sought-after speakers in time management, peak performance, and sales. He has spoken on five different continents to hundreds of thousands of people.

Dirk is one of the world’s most published authors on success, time management, productivity, sales, and life balance. He is the author of five top-selling books, including Telephone Sales For Dummies and Success as a Real Estate Agent For Dummies. He has more than 400 published articles to his credit, and over 350,000 people read his weekly newsletter.

In this Book

  • Successful Time Management for Dummies
  • Cheat Sheet
  • Introduction
  • Setting Yourself Up for Success
  • Linking Time Management to Life Goals
  • Putting a Value on Your Time
  • Focusing Your Efforts, Prioritizing Tasks, and Blocking Your Time
  • Setting Up and Maintaining a Productive Workspace
  • Fine-Tuning Organization Skills with Technology
  • Taking Time Management on the Road
  • Communicating Strategically to Get Results — Fast
  • Defending Your Day from Interruptions
  • Overcoming Procrastination, a Notorious Time Thief
  • Making Wise Yet Quick Decisions
  • Coping with a Time-Wasting Boss
  • Mastering Meetings with Co-Workers
  • Optimizing Collaboration with Business Associates
  • Time Management for Administrative Staff
  • Time Management for Salespeople
  • Time Management for Business Owners and Executives
  • Coaching Others to Manage Time Effectively
  • Ten Time-Wasting Behaviors
  • Ten Time-Efficient Habits
  • Ten Time Savers for Your Personal Life
  • Ten Great Time-Saving Technologies
  • Ten Ways to Fine-Tune Your Focus on the Job