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Truly effective time management – right now
This approach is based on a component called ‘Right Now’, which forms part of a broader Variations of Now time management model, devised and introduced by Teryl Schroenn, CEO of Accsys.
According to Schroenn having a time plan or deadline schedule in place is a good start, but in order to effectively deal with the ‘ad-hoc’ or unexpected creates the need for a ‘right now’ approach which sets boundaries, time frames and priorities.
“In interviews, we often present a priority mini case study to candidates, to try and assess how they would manage being pulled in different directions, and having to decide which tasks to do first. Nobody ever admits that they would handle the one who is shouting the loudest, first. But, of course, that is what happens. It frequently is not about the most senior, nor the most urgent, but the most aggressive,”
Executive leadership at Accsys believe it is important to be flexible and be able to adapt to situations as they arise. This is where small-to-medium sized organisations have an advantage – they are able to keep up with change and stay ahead of, or at least with the group.
But flexibility or the ability to manoeuvre as and when necessary should not happen at the expense of stability or sanity.
The Right Now model helps keep that sense of stability and structure to schedules and task management. Although not easy to achieve, with fairly regular interruptions that typify the workplace, the application of an internal deadline will ensure the right kind of pressure, at the right time.
“Our business is in a pressure industry, salaries and time management always need immediate attention. Using the Right Now component of my Variations of Now Model helps to ensure that we are focusing on the right things, and effectively delivering to our market,” Schroenn adds.
Liza du Plessis