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Tim Ferriss

Time Management Skills To Have

Time Managment To Do ListIf you are new to time management, there are a number of elements you have to take into consideration.

Make sure to schedule some time for your time management. It sounds kind of silly but if you fail plan, you plan to fail. You should take 15 to 30 minutes daily just to create and organize the time for your day. Be generous with the time you allocate a specific task. Normally there’s always some unpredictable surprises that occur.

Say you know a task should take you 1 hour, then give yourself on schedule 1h15 or 1h30pm. It’s better to allocate more time for a task and finish your work earlier than falling behind schedule.

It has a psychological effect to.  I don’t know how and why but I know for me, that’s what I noticed. Sometimes I feel like I’m going in circle and I’m not moving according to my plan but when I notice the time, I’m still within my allocated “time budget”. It’s like giving me a second wind of hope when I’m not far behind, in fact, I’m right on target.

Unlike writing a personal journal which records your daily activities and stories, writing your own goals is like planning and shaping your future with the stories you want. Instead of just going with the flow that life is throwing at you. Successful people understand the value of time management and use it to their advantage.

Take some time to figure out your long term and short term goals and write them down. Do a yearly goal breakdown, then break it further down into monthly, weekly, daily and hourly.  It’s easier to do time management effectively when you know where you want to go. Just like when you’re driving somewhere, you know the destination of where you want to go so you align yourself to go into that direction. The same attitude should be applied for goals and time management.

Side Note! One good idea to use in time management is working a day ahead. If possible, lay out your plan for the day the night before.

It’s good practice to write down your goals and plan your day first thing in the morning when you’re fresh or the night before just before you go to bed.  That totally depends on your personal preferences. Try out one week one way and the other week, the alternate way and see what works best for you.

In Tim Ferriss’ book, “The 4 – Hour Work Week” (audiobook available here), Tim talks about effective time management as one of the main core for productivity in business.  He suggests to take whatever the 3 most important things that you know you need to do; write them down on a piece of paper or notepad and get those three items done regardless of all the other kind of work distractions that you might be exposed to.

Check out my other video about the “2 Workloads” that explain the difference between being busy and being productive. It’s important that your time management revolves mainly around the productive work.

Time Management Shortlist

Take these tips and go over them carefully and you should do just fine with this.

Boost your time management by keeping one day ahead of schedule. Whenever possible, sit down the evening before and develop an agenda for the following day. Creating tomorrow’s to-do list for a great work day to look forward. Starting the day already knowing in advance what needs to be done will give you better chances at achieving your goals.

Calendars are a great way to manage time. Many people like paper calendars since they are easy to write on. When I was selling life insurance, I loved the fact that I could scribble all over my notes and schedule especially because I was always in the car or driving somewhere. That being said, now that I’m a volunteer vice-president board member at the condo where I live, I’m always using my computer and e-mails. I find the flexibility from an electronic calendar to be a lot more effective.

Side Note! Setting a timer can help you to focus on the task at hand. If you wish to get an hour of work done, set a timer for 20 minutes, take a break, and continue on until you are done.

Google calendar is free to use, so does Hotmail, Yahoo they all have a web based calendar feature now so you can have access to it everywhere there’s an internet connection. Whatever method you chose, make sure to add all your to-do items and appointments to your daily calendar so you can stay organized!

If you struggle with managing your time for a lot of items, try focussing on one individual task at a time. A lot of people are unable to multi-task effectively and cannot get things done at all. The quality of your work can decrease if you are tired or out of focus. So focus on just one project through its completion.

Get a timer and break it down into 20 minutes segments of pure work with not distractions. Close your social networks accounts, your e-mails, your phone and get all your attention on the most important task.

Time management planning is a great asset. It will help you create a strong workflow. Remember consistency over time will generate you results!

What about you, which time management solution do you like the best?

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