David Guest, a multi-award winning business coach in Melbourne, is considered an expert in the art of time management, especially in the corporate world. For those who have made their way into bagging the best jobs the corporate world has to offer, the next challenge that lies ahead is to stay competitive and consistent.

This can only be achieved in the simplest way possible – by getting things done in the office.

As a business coach, David Guest has pointed out that in today’s restless and competitive world, time management is the key to getting things done and one can manage their time well only if he knows how to prioritise his work according to the level of importance.

The techniques that Guest suggests are very simple and after reading them, one might curse himself for not observing them earlier. All these simple methods can be broken down into three main headings –

  1. Giving Birth to a List – A typical day in the office these days involves many bouts of multitasking. Achieving that is a great thing provided it is possible. Time management demands that one knows exactly what needs to be done. More importantly, one needs to know what “tasks” to avoid. Once you know how differentiate between the two, making such a list becomes a piece of cake. The important thing to remember is that this time management slash priority list needs to have things that one needs to accomplish but could possibly forget if not reminded of.
  2. Prioritise the List – Now that one knows what the ‘to do’ list looks like and what its contents are, it is time to prioritise the content. This is the part when one needs to work with the clock or the calendar depending on how urgent or long-term the list is. Out of all the things that need to be taken care of, the first on the list needs to be the one whose deadline is the nearest. The things that are not that urgent can occupy the bottom of the list. Time management does not necessarily mean how fast one completes all the work but how quickly one can take care of the most important things first.
  3. Micro-managing the List – Being a business coach in Melbourne who has seen a lot of different kinds of scenarios in his corporate life, David Guest knows that ‘to do’ lists need to be regularly reviewed and updated accordingly. There might be situations when something low on the list need to be moved up. In such situations one must be ready to show their time management skills by adjusting their routine.

David Guest adds that once a person is used to following these simple steps of time management, he can use the methods in other walks of life as well. The key is in knowing which tasks to complete fast and how to make the list flexible enough for any unforeseen change.