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Top Ten Time Management Tips

"The more a person is able to direct his life consciously, the more he can use time for constructive benefits." ~ Rollo May, MAN’S SEARCH FOR HIMSELF

"We spend, I am certain, the half of our time among people that we do not particularly like and on things that do not particularly amuse us, and consequently have no time for the people and things that do really matter to us." ~Alec Waugh, ON DOING WHAT ONE LIKES

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I often share with you articles from other sources which I like and find useful; such as the following tips for managing timely more wisely from my friend and coaching colleague Betty Mahalik,

Top Ten Time Management Tips

1) Know the difference between planning and scheduling. Planning is about examining priorities and making sure they get adequate attention; scheduling is about booking appointments. Plan first, schedule second.

2) Keep the big picture in mind. Always ask: Is what I’m doing now the best use of my time? Is it goal-achieving or tension-relieving? If you don’t know what the big picture is, find out!

3) Write everything down. Whether you use an electronic planning tool or a paper and pencil one, the old adage that “the dullest pencil is always superior to the sharpest mind” holds true. If it’s not recorded somewhere the likelihood of creating a positive result is slim.

4) Eliminate chronic time wasters: junk mail (both electronic and paper), junk TV, paper clutter, subscriptions, catalogs, interruptions, unnecessary phone calls, gossip and “small talk”. You’ve got better things to do with your time.

5) Get off of committees and projects that have stopped being fulfilling. If it doesn’t add value to your life, you won’t be adding value to the project or committee you’ve given your name to.

6) Say “no” or “I’ll have to check my schedule” when someone requests your time on a volunteer or unplanned activity. It will buy you necessary time to examine your priorities and decide if it fits.

7) Take time daily in quiet or meditation. You don’t have to go sit on a mountaintop, but finding time daily to quiet your mind will pay off by keeping you focused and centered during periods of chaos or intense activity.

8) Put yourself at the top of your “to do” list. Remember, others demands will always expand to fill the time you make available to them. Treat yourself well and others will treat you well in turn.

9) Use the 80-20 principle to guide you. 80% of your results come from 20% of your activities. Find out what makes up the 20% of your high-payoff activities and leverage them.

10) Use a P-A-L formula for ALL meetings: P-purpose, A-agenda, L-length and stick to it. Just imagine if you eliminated 20-minutes a day of time wasted in meetings…it adds up to 1 hour and 40 minutes a week or nearly 2 weeks of productive time a year added to your life!

Bonus tip: Get a coach! It’s the equivalent of using a personal fitness trainer to help you reach your fitness goals.


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