Some managers may take on too many things at once and struggle to accomplish anything of value much of the time. Managing your time to balance work and play can be difficult for some.
Of course you can't actually manage time, only what you are using the time for. For us all, there are only 24 hours in a day and no matter how much it might be useful to have more, that's is all we get.
By determining where you are wasting time you can quickly create more for yourself, just by being aware. One of the worst culprits is to spend too much time on valueless e-mails or phone calls. You need to spend a little time, ironically, to figure out how you are wasting time, before you go about fixing it.
Those who are successful with managing their time often discipline themselves, especially at the start, sometimes by setting up their own time management goals. This helps to change unproductive behaviors to be much more valuable. By initially focusing on getting rid of the most time wasting activities and then setting very specific goals on being constructive with time, effective managers often create much more space for themselves.
Reviewing progress towards effective time management goals will help track how successful the efforts have been.
There are plenty of tools to use for effective time management these days, from precise software or other proprietary tools. You could even simply just write down what you want to get done and what you are going to do with your time and see what that brings you.
By prioritizing goals and tasks for the day the most important tasks are likely to be done properly. Determining which tasks are crucial to be accomplished and which ones can be done another time - or even better, delegated, it's possible to make much more out of the available time.
Once a routine for tasks is established, sticking to it becomes very productive indeed for managers. Try setting time limits for certain tasks such as reading and answering e-mails during your day and using organized office systems, because by being able to access information easily, it will become easier and easier to save plenty of time.
And if you find yourself waiting for an appointment, there's always time to catch up with your Blackberry. Then again, now that you are so organized with managing your time, maybe you could just relax, safe in the knowledge that for once, at last, you really do have a little time to spare.