The Concise Time Management and Personal Development

September 2003
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  • Publisher
  • Published
    1st September 2003
  • ISBN 9781854182234
  • Language English
  • Pages 134 pp.
  • Size 6.25" x 9.25"

There are many books on time management and personal development. However, John Adair's wide experience of management development in the business, military and academic spheres adds a rare degree of insight, depth and context to practical advice.

John Adair's books have sold hundreds of thousands of copies. This book encapsulates his writing on how to establish clear long-term goals and link your daily action planning to their achievement. It provides you with the tools, techniques and framework for continuing personal development.

About this book
What are your objectives?


Chapter 1: Philosophy
Towards a new philosophy of management
The leader-manager-professional concept
What is time?
Can you manage time?
Checklist – is your philosophy clear?
The 10 principles of time management

Chapter 2: Develop a personal sense of time
Keeping a time log
How do you value other people’s time?

Chapter 3: Identify long-term goals
Ten key words for time planners
First define your purpose
Then define your strategic aims

Chapter 4: Make middle-term plans
Checklist – is it a ‘SMARTER’ objective?
Improving time norms

Chapter 5: Plan the day
The daily list
The daily plan
Checklist – daily planning
Learn to say no
Six key points for planning your day

Chapter 6: Make the best use of your best time
Checklist – do you make best use of your best time?

Chapter 7: Organise office work
Time effectiveness in offices
How to control interruptions
Eight key points for dealing with interruptions
Checklist – paperwork

Chapter 8: Manage meetings
The cost of meetings
Begin on time and end on time!
Points to ponder
Checklist – how effective are you as a manager of meetings?

Chapter 9: Delegate effectively
Decide what to delegate
Skills of delegation
Are you a good delegator yet?

Chapter 10: Make use of committed time
Some examples of committed time
Travel time

Chapter 11: Manage your health
How do you really manage your energy levels?
Coping with stress
Eliminate stress caused by poor time management
A final word


Chapter 1: Introduction
Aims and objectives

Chapter 2: Philosophy
A model of integrated management
The concept of competence
Checking your perceptions
Continuous improvement and self-development
Being proactive and helping yourself
Checklist – key personal competences
Competence check

Chapter 3: Where you are now
Logging your achievements
Personal competence and skills activity analysis

Chapter 4: How you can learn and develop yourself
The learning cycle
Learning stages/learning styles
The questionnaire
A brief description of each style
Developing your learning style
Ways of learning
Action for learning

Chapter 5: Where you want to be
Objective setting and action planning
Long-term development goals
Clarifying objectives

Chapter 6: Evaluate, check, review and update
Progress checklist
Evaluate and review your progress
Giving feedback

Chapter 7: Your personal profile
The sequence
The career statement and your achievements
Collect your material
Style of writing
Collecting evidence for a portfolio

John Adair

John Adair is widely acknowledged as one of the most significant influences on management and leadership development in the world. He studied history at Cambridge University and holds higher degrees from the Universities of Oxford and London. He became the world's first Professor of Leadership Studies at the University of Surrey and is internationally known as a consultant. He is the author of many respected books on management and leadership.

Melanie Allen

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