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Improving Your Time Management Skills

Alexander Mosnick

A graduate of Northwestern University, Alexander (Alex) Mosnick has been working at Aon Inpoint Consulting for several years. He joined the Chicago-based company as an associate strategy consultant in 2014 and has since assumed the position of strategy consultant and associate relationships manager. In this capacity, Alexander Mosnick leverages such skills as time management to lead multiple projects for insurance companies and manage junior team members.

Below are four time management tips to help you boost your effectiveness:
Organize tasks by importance
Even with time management, you can’t increase the number of hours in a day. For this reason, it's best to prioritize tasks based on their importance. At the beginning of each day, determine which two or three tasks you must complete and finish those first. Then move on to less crucial tasks.
Audit your time
For at least one week, record everything you do during your day. You can do this by listing work done in blocks of 30 minutes to an hour and having specific categories for each type of task. At the end of the week, tally up how much time you spent doing tasks in each category and determine where you may be wasting time.
Start saying “no” more
There’s nothing wrong with having multiple engagements, since it teaches you how to multitask. But it’s not good to take on every task that everyone asks of you. Doing so eventually becomes overwhelming and prevents you from completing the work you need to accomplish. If you aren’t good at it already, learn how to refuse certain requests that aren’t important to you.
Learn to delegate
Many leaders struggle with delegating tasks, but it’s an essential part of time management. You don’t have to do everything yourself, and in fact, it’s better if you don’t. Focus on completing the most important tasks of your day and allow other people to complete other work for you.

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