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Time auditing techniques for personal and professional excellence

According to the globally acclaimed management thinker, Peter Drucker, “Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed, nothing else can be managed”.

Today, time management practices are widely applied by managers. But only a few of them undertake “time auditing techniques” aimed at improving time management practices, on a continuous basis.

Time auditing means a review of how you have utilised your time for the day? whether you have utilised effectively or not? What proportion of your time was spent on very useful and productive activities? What proportion of your time was spent on unproductive activities?

Delta time

The best time to undertake a time audit is delta time. Do you wonder before you retire to bed where the day has gone?

Adopting a constant self questioning attitude on your time management practices towards the end of the day will help you to discover improvements in time management. Time auditing will help you to achieve so much more once you question the demands made on your time.

Activity analysis

Time audit offers you two valuable insights as how to manage your time more effectively in the future. First it helps you to identify your plus points as well as minus points in managing your time. Secondly, it also helps you to organise your time more effectively in the future for your own advantage.

You can undertake a time auditing activity analysis by reviewing the following functions.

1. What proportion of the activities could have been avoided?

2. What proportion of time was spent on “minor episodes”?

3. What proportion of the time was logged as interruptions?

4. How many activities lasted longer than anticipated?

5. What proportion of the activities could have been carried out without your active involvement?

Administration time

Administration time covers time spent on clerical and routine work, form filling, data manipulation, completion of expense returns, counter signature of documents etc. Many of these activities could and should be done by others.

Executive time

Executive time is the time allocated for planning, exploring, creative, thinking and deciding. The proportion of the time spent here will account for the extent to which you add value. If you spend only a few hours on this vital area of executive time, you have to allocate more time for this important function.

Having performed such a time auditing exercise, you can now prepare a time management plan for the next day. Therefore, a systematic appraisal of your time management practices must be reviewed daily.

Have I completed all what I have planned? what went wrong? where did I fail? How did I fail? why did I fail? Have I successfully solved the problems of the day? Have I successfully taken the decisions for the day? what should be my priority for tomorrow?

A systematic time audit on the above lines, on a daily basis, will activate your mind and the brain and when you wake-up on the following day, fresh ideas, new thoughts, new insights and new approaches will flash in your mind to act in a dynamic fashion and make the next day and the future days productive and profitable days.


Gamin Gamata - Presidential Community & Welfare Service
Ceylinco Banyan Villas

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