The use of the “Beforehand” Technique for Optimizing Time

As professionals, many of us find it hard to manage our time. One of the constant thoughts in the back or front of our minds is about how to complete tasks within the given timeframe. If there is one resource we seem to be eternally short of; it is time. We are among millions of professionals who have a very difficult time managing their time. Yet, some people seem to be at ease with this element. They seem to have a great knack of managing time better and more efficiently.

Even though we may feel like admiring this quality of theirs because we don’t have it and this ability enables them to be a lot more efficient at what they do; the good news is that we can get it, too. People who manage time better were not born with that special talent. With some conditioning and practice, we can get it, too. It requires tact, patience and common sense.

Enter, the beforehand technique of time management

In managing time, what most of us, those who are not good at it, need to realize is that we take the aftermath approach to time management. What this means is that we respond to a situation after it arises. This approach lies at the root of successful time management or otherwise. Because we respond to situations, we are constantly hard-pressed for time, we are unable to meet deadlines, and we are inefficient at completing our tasks optimally. What is needed is a shift in technique -the ability to be able to manage time beforehand. This simple approach is fundamentally different from that of the aftermath approach, and is a major determinant in how we manage time.

The main leverage that the beforehand technique gives us that it we are left with the precious comfort called space. The mental and physical that the beforehand technique gives us helps us to anticipate the next moves. Anticipation, vision and foresight are required and are the cornerstone to bringing about this thinking.

Proper training on how to inculcate beforehand technique 

TrainHR, a leading provider of professional trainings for the human resources industry, will be organizing a webinar at which the fundamentals of how to apply the beforehand technique will be taught. The speaker at this webinar is the Work Life Balance Expert® Jeff Davidson. Jeff is a very popular name in management circles in the US, who is frequently quoted or featured in USA Today, the New York Times, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times; in Fortune, Forbes, and Businessweek; and has appeared on 175 talk shows. More than 2,316,000 people have found Jeff’s award-winning books (cumulatively selected by book clubs 41 times), audio-books, videos, keynote presentations, and executive seminars transformational.

Want to understand how to adapt the beforehand technique into your work and life? This technique can easily be yours. All that you need to do is enroll for it by visiting  TrainHR. Viewing this webinar, its entirety qualifies for a recertification credit hour that may be counted toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP recertification from SHRM. Credit is awarded based on the actual educational time spent in the program.

Setting up personal “systems”

Jeff will explain a method of integrating time managers’ priorities and goals with what he calls their personal “systems”. These are objects that show how we manage our time. It is reflected by ways such as how to keep our desk, office, closets, car and other spaces. The basis to managing the beforehand lies in getting organized. This quality gives some people the ability to stay in control of their time and on top of things without any difficulty. Depending on how well one adapts this, this exercise could take as little as just one weekend and some weeknights.

Removing fear is the key

When inculcated without letting fear creep in, the “beforehand” insight and strategy will help us face the challenging work environment in which we find ourselves all the time. When we adapt this technique, we find that we have a lot of time and the ability to rise above the prevailing norms in the industry and consistently exhibit high productivity. Jeff will offer simple measures that will be very effective and will go a long way in helping us tackle many issues relating to time.

Jeff will cover the following areas at this webinar:

  • How to emulate the best practices of others
  • How to manage the beforehand for optimal productivity gain
  • Where to find technical gurus if you're not strong in this area
  • How to marshal your resources to meet or exceed your challenges
  • How to proceed with confidence each day
  • How to use a timer to dramatically increase your productivity.

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