The Laws of Effective Time Management
Knowing the laws of time is an effective way of managing time.
|1.The Law Carlson- Reduce Interruptions.||Minimize interruptions. Let people know on Outlook or the company organizer that you are busy and do not wish to be interrupted. Otherwise, unless it is urgent, agree with people on a time for a meeting in order to manage time effectively and avoid unwarranted interruptions.|
|2. The Law Of Douglas – Bringing Order Into The Office.||Organize your desk in an orderly manner to avoid delays in searching for documents.|
|3. The Law of Ecclesiastes – Vary work activities.||Avoid routine! Vary your activities. Do not always do the same task. It is important to do different things at different times. Plan your day in accordance with your biological rhythm or chronobiology. Set added value work between 9:30 am and 11:30 am in the morning and between 3 pm and 5 pm. Schedule important tasks when your body is alert and you are the most effective. Avoid planning an important job on Friday afternoon at 3pm when the office closes at 5pm.|
|4. The Law Of Illich – Take Breaks. Pause And Reflect!||Do not hesitate to take breaks to recharge your batteries. Enjoy breaks as the time for resting, restoring, and nurturing the body, mind, intellect, and heart!|
|5. The Principle of Laborit – Do the Hardest Work First.||Delay gratification. Do not procrastinate! Do the hard work first. Talent alone does not always suffice! It is important to put in the right amount of effort. Do not eat the cherry on the cake first. In childhood, there are kids who play and play and do their homework late and others, who after a short break, do their homework first and then enjoy the remaining hours for play. Adults are the same if they have learned to tackle their duties, first. Start your work promptly.|
“Anything that can go wrong will go wrong”
|It is all about keeping a little time for the unexpected. Anything can happen, so it is important to provide alternatives and to plan only a portion of the day and allow a margin of our time to cope with the unexpected when we work. Be ready for crises and challenges! And trust your ability to face them all!|
|7. Pareto’s Law –
“80% of the effects
come from 20% of the
|This law is concerned with the focus on the essential. It is the 20-80 rule:
80% of the world’s wealth is owned by 20% of the population.
80% of business profits come from 20% of customers
80% of profits come from 20% of the time spent by staff. These are the added value times that need to be carefully monitored. Therefore, focus on the 20% of work that will bring 80% of the results. Focus on the essential, which is to say the 20% that will bring the business profits and results.
|8. Parkinson’s Law
“Work Expands So as To Fill the Time Available for Its Completion.”
|The law of Parkinson is the outcome of the adage of Cyril Northcote Parkinson and it is an invitation to set deadlines. Work fits the time allotted. Therefore, it is better to set clear deadlines to do a job and complete it within the allocated time. It is good to break your tasks into small portions in order to finish at the fixed time. It is really a question of work planning and organization.|
Hofstadter’s Law: It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law. — Douglas Hofstadter, Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
|This law simply means that it often takes more time to accomplish things than initially planned. The only way to properly estimate how long a task will take is based on research and experience. Factories are good at estimating how much time the production of an object will take. In general, businesses have introduced a means to measure the time it takes to complete work in their process. However, delays often occur. See how often buildings contractors are frequently delayed for months or years due to bad weather conditions or something else. , Every evening, workers should ideally plan their day ahead and be giving an estimated time to complete tasks while knowing that it may sometime take a little longer or sometimes even less time.|