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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.

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