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46 • RV PRO • MAY 2016 rv-pro.com M any of our regular readers know me as the inventory person. This month's column concerns an inventory – a time-sensitive inventory. In fact, it is our most time-sensitive inven- tory. It is our time. However, unlike many of my columns, which focus on the parts and accessory department, this column's topic is applicable to each department and staff member in your business. As you have probably noticed, the theme of this month's issue of RV PRO is jacks, lifts, and levelers, each of which could be used to balance your cus- tomers' RVs. Aligned with this theme, my column offers some methods that you could use to balance the time available to you and your associates to achieve the tasks and functions related to your job; and, by extension, to your personal schedule as well. This month's column addresses four aspects of time management; and, to assist you in remembering each of them, I have develop a mnemonic – TIME – the letters of which represent: • Tool – the calendar-based mechanism you use to document your time obligations • Importance – the rank assigned to each of your tasks/appointments • Modify – changes necessary to your schedule driven by unanticipated situations • Evaluate – the review of your schedule to determine your completion rate for your obligations So as not to take up any more of your time than necessary, let's look at how TIME could assist you in managing your time. Tools There are many options available for scheduling your time and these vary in cost. However, cost is not the important factor in selecting the time manage- ment tool(s) you will use. Most importantly is that you must decide to regularly use the tool(s) you have selected to assist in managing your time. A friend of mine who is now retired from a very successful career uses a time management tool to record obligations and to remind her of important Is it Time You Took Time to … Time-management strategy can help you get the most out of every day without driving yourself crazy. MEL SELWAY is the president of P.A.R.T.S. Inc., a Sahuarita, Ariz.- based firm providing business management analysis and training to retailers. He can be reached via email at melselway@aol. com or by calling 888-2Get-Mel. Savvy dealership personnel employ smart time man- agement strategies to make the most of their time.

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