Stay on track with this modern electronic timer. Easily program Time Tracker's green, yellow, and red sections to indicate that time is running out. Features 180° viewing, large, easy-to-read display, volume control, and pause feature.
This is a compact and portable way to make time management fun.
- Pre-program the time intervals, and Time Tracker's lights will automatically turn from green to yellow to RED just when you want! It's a great way to limit test times, classroom assignments, and presentations.
- Choose from a variety of sound effects (or none) to accompany each color change: "Time's up!," "Begin!", buzzer, ticking clock, siren, and ringing bell. Great for setting limits on speechifying!
- Select manual or automatic timing.
- Manual timing--program exactly how long you want each color section to stay lit.
- Auto timing--Program the total amount of time, and the color sections will automatically be divided into 80% green, 15% yellow, and 5% red.
The hour-glass shape has a 180 viewing angle and an easy-to-read digital display that counts down the time.
Measures 8”H x 4” in diameter.
Requires 4 AA batteries (not included).
** Time Management Tips **
CREATE AN AGENDA
- Identify the amount of time needed for each part of the agenda
- Instead of writing your agenda as a list, create a pie chart on your whiteboard that shows which segments of time will be dedicated to which topic.
- If you always take more time than you think:
- Do a 20/20 Hindsight analysis to understand what leads you to go astray
- Create time-logs to keep track of how long things really take, so you can plan better next time
- Prioritize – ask yourself, “What is the most important thing we need to accomplish?” Or, “If we get nothing else accomplished today, what is the most important task we should tackle
STICK TO THE AGENDA
- TIMEKEEPER: Ask someone to be your timekeeper and give the group a 5-minute or 3-minute warning before time is up.
- PARKING LOT: If a topic arises that is not on the agenda
- Acknowledge its importance
- Keep a “parking lot” for topics that need to be addressed later
- UNDERSTAND THE COST: Put a price on the cost of meetings
- EAT THE FROG: Tackle the hardest items first – “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” ~ Mark Twain
- STEPHEN COVEY'S TIME MANAGEMENT MATRIX:
- Differentiate URGENT and NOT-URGENT tasks
- Separate out IMPORTANT and NOT-IMPORTANT tasks
- Focus your time on the items that are both urgent and important! Don't get thrown off by distractions and busy work.
- GIVE YOURSELF A GRADE: Reflect on how well you did and where there might be room for improvement.
- OPTIMIZE TIME: Understand that some problems might by urgent and important and yet, might benefit from some cooling down time, reflection, or independent brainstorming before you tackle them.
- PREP: distribute the agenda before the meeting so participants can reflect on it, then make comments or ask questions accordingly.
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I use this to keep my segments on time. I do some intensive training on city ordinances, and sometimes forget to stop/pause and let the brains rest and absorb. Worked best when I had trainees start the clock.