Despite progress and innovation, there are still only 24 hours in a day and no matter how many times a person wished there were more hours to accomplish tasks, that fact remains inviolate.

David Madsen, training manager for 3M's Health Information Systems Group, said it is easy for people to stay at the office for 10-12 hours a day trying to get the work done, but it is the smart time manager who can delegate some of those tasks, do more planning and not become inundated with so many projects that few are finished.Madsen spoke at a seminar co-sponsored by the Small Business Council of the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Administration.

Communication is an important part of time management, Madsen believes, and communication has four facets: cliches, facts, opinions and feelings. Most communication between people involves cliches (rimarily meaningless chatting) or facts (ut and dried information).

Communication takes place once

people begin expressing their opinions on facts and providing emotions or feelings about a subject, Madsen said.

There are many ways to better manage time, ranging from a simple flat desk calendar through pocket calendars to planning programs and binders sold by various companies. He said sometimes it might take a combination of devices to provide better time management, depending on the type of company involved.

Madsen said there are many types of interruptions that can throw time management askew, so good time managers will keep a log of the interruptions and classify them as either important or unimportant ones.