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Time Management Training Tips - Early Bird Catches the Worm

The early bird catches the worm

Time management is the art of getting the most valuable work done per hour.

  • It is not about trying to make yourself work harder and longer.
  • It is about making more progress in less time.

Time management is a measure of your efficiency.

So you can approach time management in three ways.

  1. You can look at ways of accelerating your progress.
  2. You can look at ways of eliminating things that slow you down.
  3. You can combine both the above two sets, do all the things that tend to improve your rate of progress and eliminate all the things that tend to slow you down.

Time management tips - Part 1

Five Ways of accelerating your progress.

  1. Decide what, specifically, you are trying to achieve. Meaning, decide what your major 6 month goals are. Then write those goals down. Put those written goals where you can see them. Make sure that everything you do is connected in some way to the achievement of the goals.
  2. Plan your days by making lists. Each evening make a list of six of the most important tasks that you must achieve the following day. Prioritise those tasks according to their relevance to the goal and their deadline pressure. Then make a superhuman effort to stick to the list. Don't allow trivial things to distract you.
  3. Delegate the tasks that need to be done, but which you cannot do. Remember that you should not try to do everything. Delegate all the lower value tasks to subordinate staff members. Delegate high value tasks to capable people. Meanwhile, you get on with your 6-list.
  4. Put things back in their correct place. One of the biggest time wasters is disorganised work station. Many people claim that they work better in a state of chaos. They are kidding themselves. Disorder is inherently inefficient. Do all you can to keep things in their proper order, so that things can be found when needed.
  5. Prepare in advance for every important event. Never wing it. Prepare means; get everything in the right place at the right time, in the right order, in advance of the event. Don't go in and then try to organise yourself. Organise yourself and then go in.

Time management tips - Part 2

Five ways to eliminate the things that slow you down.

  1. Stop talking to people who waste your time. They waste your time by distracting you away from your 6-list. There are some people who steal time from you. And they do it every day. Over the days and weeks, this wasted time adds up to knock a costly hole in your personal productivity. Save time by eliminating distractions.
    Every little helps.
  2. Stop distracting yourself by mistaking "pleasant tasks" with "important tasks". Many important tasks are unpleasant. Many trivial tasks are pleasant. Don't get confused and have a day filled with pleasant but trivial conversations, whilst evading the unpleasant but important ones.
  3. Don't eat and drink too much. You need energy to fuel your progress. If you run out of energy in the afternoon, it may be that you need to check your food, alcohol and drugs.
    Wrong food, Wrong alcohol consumption and wrong drugs will rob you of your energy.
  4. Don't ever succumb to pessimism. Your progress will be hampered by too much fear, self-doubt and pessimism. Assume that final victory is yours for the taking.
  5. Don't leave things to the last minute.
  • Leave early
  • Leave earlier than early

Give yourself plenty of time to do the thing.

You know that something is likely to go wrong, even if you cannot predict what that "something" will be.
But we all know that you will be delayed by some unpredictable hold up.
You can predict an unpredictable hold up, of some kind, will occur and so do not leave it till the last minute before you get started.

Start early.

Get up early. Get there early. Begin revising early. Go to bed early.

You already know that the early bird catches the worm.

So be an early bird.

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