ERIC Number: ED394575
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
In Search of the Precious Commodity Time: How To Use and Abuse It.
Time management is critical for effective leadership and productivity among community college chairs and deans. An organization that is more time conscious tends to be more productive and less stressful. Similarly, an organization's time management culture can provide ideas for improving productivity and the work environment. One model of time management divides activities into four quadrants: important and urgent (e.g., deadlines and crises), important but not urgent (e.g., prevention activities and planning), urgent but not important (e.g., phone calls and meetings), and not important and not urgent (e.g., mail and busywork). In addition to applying this quadrant, deans and other administrators might wish to consider writing a personal mission statement and a personal master plan, determining the most valuable and productive use of time. Finally, strategies for maximizing available time include the following: (1) take control of how time is used; (2) improve commuting time; (3) plan for the possibility of waiting time; (4) make time for personal matters; (5) enlist the help of others in time management; (6) use a time management system such as a planner or computer program; (7) organize desks, offices, briefcases, and computer files; (8) reduce the amount of paper generated by sharing reading materials with colleagues; (9) try waking up an hour earlier each day; and (10) undertake energizing activities, such as vacations or sports, for personal renewal. (TGI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: The Olympics of Leadership: Overcoming Obstacles, Balancing Skills, Taking Risks. Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the National Community College Chair Academy (5th, Phoenix, AZ, February 14-17, 1996); see JC 960 276.