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From: Denise K. Magner

Subject: The Quick Tip: It's About Time — or Rather, Time Management

When you become an administrator, you have to force yourself to think of everyone's time, not just your own, with a hint of urgency.

It’s all too easy to burn out or fail as a higher-education leader if you don’t learn and practice effective time management. What can you do to manage your work commitments so that you can (a) still have a personal life, (b) maintain your sanity, and (c) keep your job? Here are a few ideas:

  • Remind yourself regularly of the significance of time. Never hold a meeting unless all parties involved have agreed not only on a specific agenda but also a timeline for finding a resolution on each item.
  • Establish protocols, patterns, and playbooks. College administration can become a giant exercise in trying to plug 100 leaks. One of the keys to surviving the maelstrom: Plan for what you know will happen as well as what might happen — and when.
  • Schedule — and try to limit — your email time. Every campus administrator gets a blizzard of emails (and now texts and IMs). Try to check your email only at certain times of the day. If you want further rigor, create appointments on your calendar to do so.

Continue reading: "It's About Time — or Rather, Time Management," by David D. Perlmutter

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Denise K. Magner is senior editor of The Chronicle’s advice section, which features articles written by academics for academics on faculty and administrative career issues.