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How to Get Better at Time Management?

The greatest time stealer between the phone, the visitor, the prolonged break, the e-mail and the chit-chat is the never ending “do you have a minute?” approach. Whenever possible say no. Allow a time each day that is dedicated to projected time lost. Find out why you are wasting time and have a realistic plan not to fall into the same pattern. When they start on a work, they rarely stop until it is finished, doing the most difficult things first thing in the morning.

Phone calls and mails are done in one lump of time. Breaks and easier jobs are usually done on times that they know they are least effective. The main idea is to plan time spent for each job section and protect the plan. The changes in real time management is fast as the application of real time statistics and information on international commerce that needs to be processed for more accurate decisions are constantly shifting.

What are the Benefits of Time Management? Aside from the fulfillment that one derives out of being more efficient and productive the effective practice of time management allows the following benefits: A sense of achievement in the workplace, man’s worth to the company is measured against the amount of output that is contributed and the influence that it creates. Let us say here (just for illustration) that lecture time is 25 hours. What remains is about 60 hours. Here’s the sweet part. Once you take away the time to review and do the assignments in each lesson, becomes your free time. If you use your time well during class, you would not be reviewing as much and those are hours added to your personal time.

Time Management Lessons

It is often ironic that individuals who focus on the end results and not in being busy ends up in doing much and still have time enough for themselves. Today, time management courses have been developed that encompasses practically all the hours in our daily affairs. All time management courses differ on the titles and settings but are basically designed the same.

Time management courses are meant to keep us functioning effectively and cope with the expectations of the present and our expectations of ourselves. It analyses your to do list and offers prioritization of work that keeps the user constantly on track of tasks at hand and those that needs doing next. Time management software provides easy networking without the need for servers and allows the user to share data with those that are on the same network. – At the end of the day, have a to do list for the following morning and stick to it. – Use time management tolls. Different softwars are available on the net.

Attend time management programs. If your company does not sponsor these, spend a little, you will gain more. It is a misnomer to say that there is not enough time.

Most businessmen will tell you that no matter how well or bad the plan was in starting out, there usually is an initial success followed immediately by problems. This is what they call the beginners luck. When the problems begin to seem to be overwhelming, that is the point where most quit. This is also similar to time management that is at work.

Time Management Techniques for Better Time Utilization Since time is the only real resource that one has, it has often been said that people who have managed this resource are also usually good at managing other things. The time management techniques that they have applied to themselves are also the parameters that they apply in other modes of their behavior.

Jamie Dimon on JPMorgan’s Big Data Strategy

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Large banks like JPMorgan have always had big data, but in a letter to shareholders released Wednesday, JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon likened the difference between yesterday’s and today’s big data to the difference between a rotary phone and a cellphone.

“To best utilize our data assets and spur innovation, we have built our own extraordinary in-house big data capabilities – we think as good as any in Silicon Valley – populated with more than 200 analysts and data scientists, which we call Intelligent Solutions,” Dimon wrote.

Dimon outlined at least five ways the firm has incorporated big data into improving business processes. In the corporate and investment bank, big data is being deployed to improve operational efficiency by analyzing errors. In custody for example, the firm uses big data to identify and find the root cause of breaks in processes or variances in the net asset values of funds. The result has reduced the operational burden and improved client service, Dimon wrote. Continue reading

Market Views from S Naren of ICICI Prudential

S Naren, CIO – ICICI Prudential AMC, shares his outlook on the equity markets for 2016, the problems the markets are facing currently and explains why investing in the current bear phase will be rewarding for investors.

Notes: Just for the record, S Naren has been one of the few fund managers who has been very successful in getting broad market direction right. In Jan 2015 he called for investors to move into bonds and wait for markets to stabilize and earnings growth to come through. In Aug 2013, when Nifty was at 5150, he was of clear view that investors should buy Nifty or broad based mutual funds to benefit from upswing as valuations were crushed. That was also a very valuable assessment.

George Soros on Financial Markets

In this valuable video, George Soros shares his lifetime learnings on Financial Markets. Some of the key messages are:
1. In business cycles, Earnings (EPS) rise will lead Valuation(P/E) rise, and Earnings (EPS) fall will lead Valuation(P/E) fall because investors tend to extrapolate the present into the future.
2. Whatever is known to the majority, can not create profits (competitive advantage).
3. Markets discount all the known things. The profits are in the unknown (events of the future), which are not yet discounted by the market.