Top Ten Time Management Techniques

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Here are my top ten tips for time management. Click on the "more" link for suggestions on how to implement each one.

Get clear on what you're trying to accomplish. Don't waste your time by doing something that doesn't need to be done, or by doing something that needs to be done but in an inefficient way [ more ]

First thing first [ more ]

Prepare a schedule. Review it at the end of the day to improve your ability to realistically alot the amount of time needed for each task  [ more ]

Take advantage of waiting time [ more ]

 

 


Prepare a schedule for the things you are going to do in the day. Do this the night before or in the morning. Budget your time and assign a start and end time for each one. Review how you did at the end of the day. The reason for doing this is not to see if you were "good" or "bad" but rather 

Get clear on what you're trying to accomplish. Get clear on what you're trying to accomplish. Don't waste your time doing something that doesn't need to be done, or by doing something that needs to be done in an inefficient way.  Take breaks and pay attention to your subconscious trying to alert you that you are wasting time going down the wrong path or doing something in an inefficient way. Stephen Covey's second habit of highly effective people was "Begin with the end in mind." Read the chapter from his book for help on this one.

First thing first. Stephen Covey's third habit of highly effective people was "Put first things first." Read the chapter from his book for help on this one. Prioritize. Start the day by doing the things that are important, can only be done by you, and for which there will be bad consequences for you if they're not done today.