Walden University Week 3 How Effective Executives Use Their Time Paper

Professional Reflection Assignment, compose a cohesive document that addresses the following:

  • Summarize the three most important items that you learned from your Discussion and the resources this week, including:
    • Anything that may have surprised you about how you manage priorities.
    • The ways that the exercises and learning for this week change or improve the way you think about and approach prioritizing your own day/week/longer term.
    • How you, as a manager, may apply the tools and strategies you learned about this week to help the organization and your staff manage priorities.
  • Examine the experiences you had this week in daily prioritizing.
    • How did the practice of organizing your tasks and priorities ahead of your day affect your productivity?
    • When you reflect upon the experience, how did you determine what to prioritize? What criteria did you use? What do those criteria tell you about what matters?
    • Did you rearrange your list as you created it, or did you find that you had to adjust in real-time during the day? Please explain your rationale.
    • Did you change your approach of daily recording and prioritizing throughout the week? If so, why? If not, in retrospect, what do you think you might have done to make the process more effective?
    • Do you think this method of prioritizing your tasks is a valuable process that is worthy of becoming a daily habit?
  • Next, look back on your daily records and develop an Urgent-Important Matrix for your tasks this week. (Be sure to include your matrix with your submission) Examine your matrix once you have completed it.
    • What does it tell you about the types of tasks that you typically encountered this week?
    • How could this exercise improve your ability to manage your priorities?
  • In this week’s readings, Discussions, or through your own research in the Walden Library or other credible resources, identify an additional time- management tool or approach to time management.
  • Note: Some possible time-management tools that might provide inspiration are provided, but you may find another you prefer as you progress through your research:

    § Action Priority Matrix: Mindtools. (n.d.). The action priority matrix: Making the most of your opportunities [Blog]. Retrieved July 11, 2017, from https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_95.htm
    § Haughey, D. (n.d.). Pareto analysis step by step [Blog]. Retrieved July 11, 2017, from https://www.projectsmart.co.uk/pareto-analysis-step-by-step.php
    § Lighthouse. (n.d.). Why priority management trumps time management [Blog]. Retrieved July 11, 2017, from https://getlighthouse.com/blog/why-priority-management-trumps-time-management/
    Visual Task Management: Leankit. (n.d.). Organize anything with visual task management. Retrieved July 11, 2017, from https://leankit.com/learn/project-management/visual-task-management/
  • Compare the Urgent-Important Matrix to the time-management tool that you selected.
  • Explain what you learned from examining an alternate means of time management.
  • Reflect on a professional or personal experience in which prioritizing was important, but you were so overwhelmed that you didn’t know where to start. How did you decide what was important to do when you were probably balancing work, life, family, school, social activities, and myriad other everyday tasks?
  • How might the professional or personal experience have been different if you had applied one of the time-management tools that you have reviewed this week?

Be sure to support your Professional Reflection using this week’s readings or other credible and relevant resources.


Drucker, P. F. (1967). How effective executives use their time. Management Review, 56(10), 18.

Gallo, A. (2017). HBR’s best on saying no to more work. Harvard Business Review Digital Articles. Retrieved from: https://hbsp.harvard.edu/tu/8342cf05

Morgenstern, J. (2016). What to do when your to-do-list Is holding up your team. Harvard Business Review Digital Articles. Retrieved from: https://hbsp.harvard.edu/tu/910c73f2

Chapman, S. W., & Rupured, M. (n.d.). Time management: 10 strategies for better time management. The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. Retrieved July 11, 2017, from http://www.fcs.uga.edu/docs/time_management.pdf

Eisenhower. (2017). Introducing the Eisenhower Matrix. Retrieved from http://www.eisenhower.me/eisenhower-matrix/

Henry, A. (2012). How to prioritize when everything is important. Retrieved from http://lifehacker.com/5877111/how-to-prioritize-when-everything-is-important

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