10 Time Management Tips

Time management: A quick reminder of the top 10 tips to get better control of your time and be more productive, and less stressed.

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1. Don’t confuse busyness with productivity. Highly productive people are often less busy than those who are overworked and overwhelmed.

It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?

Henry David Thoreau

2. Don’t confuse the urgent with the important. Last-minute distractions from yourself and especially others are not necessarily priorities.

If you want to make good use of your time, you’ve got to know what’s most important and then give it all you’ve got.

Lee Iacocca

3. The key to time management is self-management.

The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot.

Michael Altshuler

4. Remember the 80/20 rule of time management.

Eighty percent of the importance of what we do in any given day lies in only twenty percent of our activities. Focus on accomplishing the top twenty percent of the most important tasks.

I get paid not by how many hours I work, but by the importance of the problems I solve.

5. Use a good day planner.

Find a planner that works for you, and USE it. Plan your activities, and keep it all in one place so it’s always up to date.

I must govern the clock, not be governed by it.

Golda Meir

6. Separate obligatory time from discretionary time.

In your planner, block out the times when you’re committed to others to be at a certain place at a certain time, such as meetings, conferences and other appointments. What’s not your obligatory time is your discretionary time. This is the time you can manage.

This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

7. Use lists.

At the beginning of each day, write down a list of everything you would need to accomplish that day.

Make use of time, let not advantage slip.

William Shakespeare

8. Prioritize.

Next to each bullet-point item, assign an “A” if this is a “must do” item for today, a “B” for “should do” and a “C” for “could do.” For large projects, break it down into small parts and prioritize. Divide-and-conquer.

For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.

Benjamin Franklin

9. Implement.

Focus on accomplishing your “A” list with your discretionary time. Check off each item as it’s complete. With this system, even if you only accomplish twenty percent of your entire list for the day, you still would have accomplished eighty percent of the most important work.

Until we can manage time, we can manage nothing else.

Peter F. Drucker

10. What you don’t finish today, transfer to your list for tomorrow and reprioritize.

When we manage our time wisely, we can be at our productive best, so we can enjoy life more and rest!

Time equals life; therefore, waste your time and waste of your life, or master your time and master your life.

Alan Lakein



via Psychology Today.

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