The World’s Greatest and Simplest Time Management Strategy
Want to start living a happier, more productive, energized life?? Learn to master time management! Mastering time management = mastering life = happiness = success = master of your domain (to steal a line from Seinfeld – ha ha ha).
We are rewarded in life by how we use our time so I can think of no better skill than becoming an expert at time management. Why aren’t we taught this in school? How could something so important slip through the cracks? Study all great achievers of history or think of the most successful person you know and ask yourself, “do they manage their time effectively?”
While many people turn a cheek at anything that looks, sounds, or feels like discipline, take a step back and look at the benefits of becoming an expert at time management:
- Get more done in less time
- Make more money
- Have more time to spend as you see fit
- Have control of your life
Sounds pretty incredible, right? So why haven’t you mastered time management yet? You don’t have a plan?
For starters, the best plan in the world won’t work unless you do, so find a time management plan that works for you. Have the discipline to stick to it, set start and end dates for things, and get rid of people and things in your life that distract you from managing your time. People? Yes people – get rid of them!! I know that sounds harsh but realize I’m not talking about taking people out Sayeret Matkal style, but rather being positively selfish, valuing your own life and time enough to avoid spending it with time wasters who bring drama and negativity with them everywhere they go (or at the very least reduce and limit your time with them).
If you’re reading this and thinking time management isn’t for you. My guess is your probably the type of person who comes home at night, grabs some snacks cracks a beer and watches tv for a couple hours wondering where the time goes (no offense if you are). The reality is, you, me, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, and the mailman all have the same number of hours in the day and the crucial difference is how we spend it – it’s time to put together a time management plan!!
Below are some basic tips I’ve learned through trial and error that allow me to do more in less time, wake up happy every day, and live a fairly stress free life. This stress free life has little or nothing to do with the amount of money in my bank account or what’s going on day to day in my life as much as it comes from being in control of my time, and in turn my life. You’ll find when you own your own time you have more time for others. When you master time management, you get to be yourself, all day every day. Okay, here are a few of my best time management tips:
1. Make a to-do list for the week every Sunday
2. Every night pick the 5 or 6 things on the (Sunday) list that are the priorities for the next day and put them on your to-do list. Limit the list to 5 or 6 or the list becomes too overwhelming and there’s a very important sense of accomplishment and feeling we get from crossing off everything on the day’s to-do list!! YES!
3. Do the most important things first every day! (this is perhaps the most important part)
4. Proactively set specific times to check email and make phone calls throughout the day rather than being reactive. Living in a reactionary world is a slippery slope that creates a lot of unnecessary stress and time constraints.
5. Be positively selfish with you time. Set limits to phone calls, lunches, and events so you can give your priorities the attention they need so you feel in control and a sense of accomplishment at the end of every day.
I’m here to make the most of my time because I know my time here is limited and I’d like to spend as much of my time doing the things I want, with the people I care about most, when I want….is that too much to ask?
If you want a couple incredible resources on time management, check out Brian Tracy’s, “Eat That Frog” and/or David Allen’s, “Getting Things Done.”
Okay that’s all for today, drop me an email or leave a comment and let me know what you liked, didn’t like and what time management tips you use! I’d also love to hear your thoughts on what you’d like to see me blog about in the future?
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