Time Management Articles
Focus on Your #1 Task
Writing any book is an exercise in overcoming procrastination, at building your schedule around your top priority, and keeping yourself energized and thinking clearly to produce quality work. I endeavor to practice what I preach, and you wouldn't be reading this book if I didn't follow my own time-management advice. To say that I attacked this book and hammered it out quickly might be an understatement: only two chapters were written prior to 3 weeks before the date I have submitted this book to the publisher; aside from two chapters, every word of this book was written in 18 days, from October 16th to November 2nd, 2008, and even those two finished chapters needed polishing, editing and further writing.
How Do You Evaluate Priorities
One of the challenges with accomplishing your "big rocks" is that you first need to decide how to determine whether something is a priority or not. Are you reacting to the emergency of the moment, or does this goal fit into your long-term plan? In order to do this, we need a system for evaluating and categorizing priorities.
Make Use of Spare Moments
Once you've filled in the big rocks into your calendar, it's time to get down to the gravel, sand and water. All of the little things you need to accomplish have to eventually find their way onto your calendar, but always remember that they don't go on the list until the big rocks are all accounted for.
Making Every Moment Count
In the realm of personal development, there is no single ability that will impact your life more than the ability to manage your time. It is one of the beauties of our life experience that there exists a level playing field that is fair and just and equal to all men. That playing field is time. It is thrilling to me that every human alive is given the same 24 hours to do with as they please.
Planning Your Schedule With Time Blocks
Steven Covey popularized this concept in his wonderful book, "First Things First". The concept is quite simple: imagine that you have a regular appointment, let's say a date night each weekend with your spouse. You've decided that this is clearly a priority and you want to make time for your relationship.
Superstars Build Networks in Advance
Time management has a lot to do with how effective you are in your interaction with people: if you have prioritized and blocked aside time to have a meeting with a colleague to discuss an urgent matter, the time will be effective if you have proactively made deposits in the relationship beforehand.
The Story of the Glass Jar
Years ago, I heard a story that illustrated the concept of prioritization brilliantly. The story, from an unknown source and shared in Steven Covey's book "First Things First", is as follows:
Time Management Self Quiz
So, the question is: how good are you at prioritization? Do you do the most important "bigrocks" first, or do you tackle the gravel, sand and water tasks? Take a moment and consider the following examples.
Tips On Overcoming Procrastination
Manage 'overwhelm' by taking small bites. Sometimes the task at hand seems so big that we don't know where to begin. We spend time simply looking at the pile of boxes and ruminating to ourselves "What a mess!" and feel we can't start until we decide exactly which box is the correct box to unpack and sort through.
Top Time-Wasting Excuses
The primary challenge with managing time is NOT that it is a finite resource, but that you own responsibility for using it well. Recognize that all behavior (productive or not) and decisions (conscientious or not) ultimately stem from you thoughts. Effective thinking yields effective results.
What is Procrastination
Once you have settled your mind on a task and resolved to see it to completion… once you have organized your calendar around that priority and protected time to accomplish it…once you are sitting at your desk, or staring at your messy garage, or contemplating the file-folder of bills that need to be organized to file your taxes, one final ingredient remains: you must now take action..
What is Time Management
The concept of time is simply a measuring tool to gauge the rate of motion between two moving objects that are either moving toward one another or moving apart. When people traditionally think of time management, they consider the various activities that they feel they would like to accomplish, they consider how much time it would reasonably take to accomplish them, and they try to follow this plan.