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Give Others the Time of Day: Contribute Your Technology Tips to a Time-Management Book
A.E. Schwartz | May 23 2008
I would like to offer you an opportunity to contribute to Time/Self Management, a nearly completed book by management training and consulting company A.E. Schwartz & Associates. This book – developed to help people improve their time management skills – suggests a variety of technology tips that allow for better, more efficient use of time.
Your potential contributions can take the form of any technology, tool, or time-management/productivity related tips that you believe to be useful for effective time management. The book’s tips fall into the following 12 categories: Goal Setting, Planning, Daily Projecting and Recording, Work Time, Making the Most of In-Between Time, Managing Paperwork, Telephone Management, Communication, Procrastination, Managing Crisis, Self Discipline, and Home Tips. We especially encourage you to submit tips within the categories of Self Discipline, Goal Setting, Procrastination, Managing Crisis, Planning, and Making the Most of In-Between Time.
Although no monetary compensation will be granted, you will be acknowledged within the book. This opportunity promotes you and possibly your area of expertise. It is an opportunity to enhance your credibility and possibly practice by contributing in this publication which will be marketed nationally.
We need to receive all submissions no later than June 6. Submissions are to be sent via e-mail—no attachments please. The tone and language of the text is succinct, to the point, and easy to understand, so we ask that you state your answers clearly and in short sentences. Please explain or define any technical jargon you happen to use. Also, it is critical that your tip be fairly general and not time-sensitive—as such, we prefer that there be no mentions of specific application names and that any suggested technology be of the type that will continue to be used in the foreseeable future. We welcome and encourage you to submit multiple tips (preferably in multiple categories) to increase the chances that your contribution will be unique and selected. Finally, please include your name, company, and e-mail with your submission.
Below are two examples of technology tips from the book that display the qualities we are looking for:
1. Try a PIM. New personal information managers (PIMs) are being implemented by agencies who want their professionals to stay on task and well-informed. They are designed to allow their users to schedule various tasks, and also for board members to better structure the pace of work completion. The software comes with electronic notepads and alarm clocks for specific reminders. This database allows workers to input their schedules and correlate them with upcoming tasks and dates.
2. Just hit reply. Respond to emails immediately. This will save you time and energy in the long-run. Even if you need more time to answer the sender’s request, inform them of this; then add the task to your to-do list. This way, you will be clear on which emails you have or have not responded to. As an added bonus, your contacts will be impressed with and appreciate your promptness.
A.E. Schwartz & Associates recognizes the importance of keeping your responses as true to their original form as possible. You can expect no more than 5% parallel change if the responses are coherent and grammatically correct. It remains up to the publisher's discretion who, what, and how much of your submission will appear.
We welcome you to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 617-926-9111.
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