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10 Successful Time Management Techniques for Fleet Managers

September 2008, by Staff

The days of the 9-5 workday are gone. Cell phones and the Internet have made fleet management a 24/7 job.

Today's fleet managers are told to do more with less, and to do it more quickly and accurately. The pressure can become nearly unbearable. More than ever before, managing precious work hours can help those 24-hour workdays shrink enough to allow more time with friends, family, and pastimes.

Fleet management is not a structured discipline. Yes, there is planning, forecasting, and other regularly scheduled requirements, but much of the daily activity of the fleet manager is reactive. Once logged onto e-mail, once the phones begin to ring, the fleet manager's day is one of "putting out fires," reacting to crises, and responding to inquiries.

This kind of unscheduled activity can make the day fly by with the fleet manager feeling as though little or nothing has been accomplished. Fortunately, tools are available today that can go a long way toward replacing that lost staff and helping fleet managers keep tabs on their activities.

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