How Does the Future of Medicine Look Like? Luis Charles
Essential Time Management in Pharma Paul Palmer
Proper time management is essential for every worker in the pharmaceutical industry because many of the processes have strict deadlines. Not finishing tasks on time may lead to non-compliance.
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Time is really the only capital that any human being has, And the only thing he can’t afford to lose
– Thomas A. Edison
Time management is a vital part of every field. It helps us to complete the task/activity promptly, which requires the implementation of goals.
Time management is a combination of processes, tools, techniques, and methods.
As we know, there are deadlines in pharmaceuticals, and every process has to be completed as per is the timeline.
One example is for such processes are CAPAs. CAPA (Corrective Action & Preventive Action) is a very lengthy and tedious procedure. It has multiple steps like Change Control and effectiveness check before its closure. Therefore, the process must be tracked and processed as efficiently as possible.
Besides the CAPAs, there are other processes that also require planning to complete with its deadlines like investigation, root cause analysis, qualification and validation procedures.
Therefore, without proper task management pharma companies may face severe compliance problems.
These are the tasks that help advance long-term goals and complete serious projects. But important tasks are not always urgent, so we’re more likely to postpone them in favor of those that require our immediate attention.
Those tasks require immediate attention: phone calls, meetings, tasks with tight deadlines, and other issues that need you to take action quickly.
As a standalone, those task categorization gave no meaning for time management. Only when you combine them, you can understand their priority and how much attention you should give them.
The Eisenhower matrix is a great tool to help you with decision making.
In today’s era, many tools help us manage our schedule, and with the help of smart devices, we can organize every task promptly.
Therefore, it is crucial to develop a system which includes writing your task/event/each day with different symbols
In conclusion, list all your tasks and schedules so that you can focus on your priorities in your planning tool.
Paul has been in the Pharmaceutical industry since 1986. He is a pharmaceutical consultant and business advisor. Paul uses this experience to support his clients in meeting the regulatory requirements for existing products and bringing new products to the market.