ERIC Number: ED270863
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Mar
Reference Count: 0
ABCDF--Time Management for New Administrators.
Several time-management techniques will help administrators accomplish necessary objectives and tasks. The most important technique is to prioritize activities, first distinguishing "desired" from "required" activities, and then organizing them according to the "ABCDF" formula of setting priorities: A=Absolutely, B=Better Do, C=Can Wait, D=Delegate and Deadline, F=Forget It. This formula can be used to segregate daily desk routines, as well as to schedule easily neglected but important conferences, faculty observations, and school "walk-through" times on a large desk calendar. This calendar should include phone numbers of contact persons next to reminders of regularly scheduled meetings and should use such visual aids as different colored inks. Administrators can use secretarial help to screen mail and visitors, to complete letters and forms, and to perform other administrative duties which will save the administrator time. The most difficult strategy, however, is learning to say "No" by asking: (1) whether the task contributes to the welfare of the school; (2) whether it needs to be done now; and (3) whether I am the only person who can handle it. Administrators should handle only those tasks which get a "Yes" answer to all three questions. (IW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (41st, San Francisco, CA, March 1-4, 1986).