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Management Time Technique: Using ABC

The management time technique used by Alan Lakein, renowned time management consultant, revolves around the ABC priority system.

According to this technique, all items on a list, whether it be a daily to-do list or a long, medium or short-term goals list, should be labeled with either an "A", a "B" or a "C".

An A identifies tasks with a high value. B is for items with medium value, and C for those with a low value.

The ABC management time technique becomes more powerful when you break down the ABC categories further into A-1, A-2, A-3, B-1, B-2, B-3, etc.

During the course of a day some items may change from an A-1 to a B-1 depending on the circumstances or situations that develop.

The list must be flexible.

Using ABC Priorities With Goal Setting

After a brain storming session to identify your lifetime goals, 3 year goals, and six month goals, label the most important in each category with an A-1 in the left margin beside it. The second most important label A-2, the third most important A-3.

You will now have 9 goals taken from the three lists.

Then pick out the most important 3 goals from the nine and re-write them on a clean sheet of paper.

Write them in order, A-1, A-2, A-3.

You now have a Lifetime Goals Statement.

In other words, this management time technique gets you targeted on exactly what you want to do with your life at this particular time.

This Lifetime Goals Statement is not static. It needs to be revised from time to time as circumstances change.

The next step using this management time technique is to associate activities with the goals.

Write a list of all the activities you need to do to accomplish your A-1 goals.

Then set your priorities on what activities would be the most effective in getting towards your goals right now!

What we have considered here is Alan Lakein's time management technique in a nutshell.

This is merely an overview. At the same time it is fundamental to good time management.

To learn more about the ABC Priority Management Time Technique, click here to get your personal copy of Alan Lakein's best seller:
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