Archive for December 14th, 2004

Time Manager

When most of my readers suddenly woke up one day and the new buzzword was Filofax, I had already spent decades in this area.

As far back as the sixties I was an agent for Filofax, when they were operating out of a small printers called Sun in a road leading off Finsbury Square in Moorgate.

They used a “British Monomarks” address, BCM Filofax. British Monomarks have moved three times since then but are still in Holborn where they started.

Anyway as I progressed in business, so did I progress to using Time Manager diaries. These were expensive but, in the middle of the diaries are their “Key Areas”. This is the very heart of the TMI system. You have nine areas to organise your life in, each area must not overlap. For example:

1 Promotion of your business, or yourself within your employment

2 Financial matters

3 General administration

4 – geared to your particular business

5 – geared to your particular business

6 Health and fitness

7 Bettering yourself – courses, reading, tapes etc.

8 Friends and acquaintances

9 Family, relatives and very close friends.

0 There is an addition sector for you to add new ideas to progress

Care has to be taken so that (a) the above categories cover all the things in your life, and (b) nothing overlaps from one sector to the other.

The idea is, once a week you have a meeting with yourself (get used to strange terminology here) for half an hour, and you go through your “Key Areas” adding things that need or should be done. When this is done, you then transfer each item into your diary and schedule the tasks that need to be accomplished. You can buy the diary software which will do the movement from the Key Areas to your diary pages and print out the pages.

Now I am coming to the point of my story.

The owner of Time Manager originally made the first one up for himself to use. Friends and business acquaintances asked him to make one for them. This gave him the idea to go into business. He started in 1975 and within a decade had offices in 45 countries. One day his wife told him she wanted a divorce. It was on a Friday. He said, let me think about it and we’ll talk at the end of the weekend. He thought. He pondered, and on the Sunday said he would start monthly meetings where they would sit down, take minutes and discuss everything about the home, his business, her social life, even bring the kids in half way through so they could air their problems.

He said if, after six months, she still wanted a divorce, then he’d agree. (They were Scandinavian.) She said, that’s OK. And that is what they did. Twenty years later, I believe they are still happily married.

During the eighties my wife and I did the same thing and, although we work in the same office together, spend 90% of our social life together, and sleep in the same bed together, we never argue or have an angry word for each other.

Try it, you’ll like it!

E-Mail me if you would like a sample Agenda. Ours is complex and runs to more than a page but may be useful to help you draw your own up.

The link below takes you to Time Manager International’s website.



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