Established, since 1997, leading UK based training provider.

Practical Time Management Advice

Practical Time Management Advice

Practical time management advice

Here is a list of the best and most practical time management advice.

  1. Clarify your goals and ensure everything you do is geared to achieving them.
  2. Do nothing that obviously contradicts your goals.
  3. Prioritise your tasks according to their "value" and "logical sequence"
  4. Never put-off doing "important, but unpleasant tasks".
  5. Develop a "do it now" attitude.
  6. Prepare for every event. Every hour of preparation, saves four in execution.
  7. Work then rest. Recuperation is essential for sustained success.
  8. Concentrate and focus your mind. Don't succumb to the multiple-distractions that infest your environment.
  9. Identify and avoid like the plague, those people who'd like to steal your time.
  10. Identify and destroy your two most obvious time-management bad-habits.

Here are a few additional notes on each.

1. Clarify your goals and ensure everything you do is geared to achieving them.

Success means, the achievement of a worthwhile goal.

Therefore, your first job is to create a set of worthwhile goals.

After that, spend all your time trying to achieve them. Anything less is relatively a waste of your time.

2. Do nothing that obviously contradicts your goals.

Have you heard the phrase, "to take one step forward and two steps back"?

Many people waste a lot of time because they take one step forward and two steps back. Meaning, they do one good thing, which advances their situation, then they do a bad thing that destroys all their recent gains.

Remember, it is not enough to do good things, you must also stop doing bad things. You need to be on your guard, and avoid making common, obvious, rookie mistakes. Mistakes such as leaving everything to the last minute, or thinking you can perform well by improvising, instead of planning.

It only takes one mistake to ruin the whole day, or year.

3. Prioritise your tasks according to their "value" and "logical sequence".

After goal setting, prioritisation is the next MAJOR time management skill. All tasks have to be organised into the correct order. The order is related to two criteria:

  • The value of the task, (how much the tasks contributes to your goal).
  • The logical sequence, (logic dictates that certain things MUST be done before other things, (eg you put your socks on before your shoes).

Check out our terrific free prioritisation tool, to help you prioritise your tasks.

4. Never put-off doing "important but unpleasant tasks".

Putting things off because you don't feel like doing them is procrastination. And procrastination spells DEATH for your reputation as a good time manager.

5. Develop a "Do it now" attitude.

The antidote to procrastination is to develop a DO IT NOW attitude.

Write that on a piece of card and put it by your work station.

Do it NOW.

6. Prepare for every event. Every hour of preparation saves four in execution.

All worthwhile goals are complex. Therefore, they need to be well prepared.

A lack of preparation causes too many unnecessary errors which slows you down and causes you to lose time.

Preparation is a MAJOR time management principle.

7. Work then rest. Recuperation is essential for sustained success.

To remain competitive over the long stretch, you must balance work and rest.

Too much work without sufficient rest, will cause you to burn-out.

Recuperation and rest are not a "waste of time". They are essential components of a champion's routine.

If you don't recuperate properly, you will fall ill, and that will be good for no-one.

8. Concentrate and focus your mind. Don't succumb to the multiple-distractions that infest your environment.

We live in a world full of distractions. Hence, most people have a fractured focus. They cannot keep their mind on the job.

To be successful, train your brain to concentrate and focus.

Summon your powers and concentrate them onto a single focal point.

9. Identify and avoid like the plague, those people who'd like to steal your time.

There are some people who waste your time, by taking you off-track and diverting your time and effort, into non-valuable or counterproductive conversations.

Identify the two worst culprits and avoid them.

10. Identify and destroy your two most obvious time-management bad-habits.

Nobody is perfect. You must have a few bad habits that keep you from being as productive as you could be.

And I guess you already know what they are.

Write down the two bad habits you know you have and commit to correcting them, by replacing them with new disciplines.

Time Management Training

If you would like to learn more about time management, please take a look at our one-day Time Management Training course.

About the Author: Chris Farmer

Chris

Chris Farmer is the founder of the Corporate Coach Group and has many years’ experience in training leaders and managers, in both the public and private sectors, to achieve their organisational goals, especially during tough economic times. He is also well aware of the disciplines and problems associated with running a business.

Over the years, Chris has designed and delivered thousands of training programmes and has coached and motivated many management teams, groups and individuals. His training programmes are both structured and clear, designed to help delegates organise their thinking and, wherever necessary, to improve their techniques and skills.

Blogs by Email

Do you want to receive an email whenever we post a new blog? The blogs contain article 5-10 minutes long - ideal for reading during your coffee break!

Further Reading in Time Management

  • Time Management Questionnaire
    Everyone has the same amount of time, but some people manage to make more progress. How do they do that?
    Read Article >
  • Good Planning
    If you want to be happy, you must believe that today and the future will be good. The best way to achieve this is by good planning. Take a look at these five steps to ensure that you can make your future brighter than it is today.
    Read Article >
  • How can I better delegate
    How can I better delegate? Delegation is the art of entrusting a task to another. Delegation is a vital skill for you to master, especially if you are a manager or a leader. Delegation is a vital skill because you cannot do it all. You cannot do it all because you...
    Read Article >
  • The Magnificent Seven Time Management Tips
    Are you struggling to do everything you need to do?Would you like to be better at managing your time? Try these seven tips to get yourself more organised. Being a good time-manager is not as difficult as you think.
    Read Article >
  • The 15 Best Time Management Ideas
    How Can You be a Better Time Manager? The 15 Best Time Management Ideas Time management is the art of doing "the most valuable thing", at any given moment. Think about it for a second: If you are always doing "the most valuable thing", at any given moment, then you will...
    Read Article >