Time Management Principles – 12 Ways to Improve Your Results on a Daily Basis
The discipline of time management intersects with every other concept in self improvement, yet its principles stand above others in their importance. Most people know what actions they need to accomplish, but few actually are doing them consistently. Here are 12 ideas of how to improve your results based on the discipline of time management.
- Create Infinite Time – Traditional time measurement is in terms of minutes per hour. By measuring in terms of results per hour, many ideas and strategies will come to time to leverage resources available to you for producing results. Getting someone else to do work is one way to use this method. An ebook, which takes several hours to produce provides value to people and produces leads for potential customers for an indefinite time.
- Work Longer, Harder, and Smarter – Be “present” while you are working. Find more intelligent ways to produce results.
- Consistency – In exercise, results are based on consistency. Time management is similar. Planning your day consistency will yield the best results.
- Make a List – This is a simple strategy that is promoted by every time management expert on the planet, yet fewer than one in ten do it. “Just do it.” Make your list the night before your day begins or early in the day. Then make changes as needed, possibly several times during the day. Make it a habit.
- Block Time – For instance a salesperson might block 2 hours for making sales calls. What doesn’t get scheduled doesn’t get done. Make a list of 5 activities that you could use for blocked time.
- Chunk Activities Together – This principle allows “killing two birds with one stone.” Look at the list that you need to accomplish and ask the question “What activity could I combine this with?” Grouping activities on your list will save you time.
- Technology – This is the ultimate leverage, e.g., the Internet, a website, your cellphone. Focus on ways you can more effectively use technology. Did you know that many cellphones can send out a “text blast” message to the contacts stored in your phone? This is just one way to leverage technology in light of the very high open rate of text messages vs. email.
- Perfection – Focus on completion vs. perfection. Once complete, a task can always be perfected at a later time.
- Everything Counts – When you realize that time and action is valuable, you will seize every opportunity before you. Also, when you know an action is wrong, e.g., that piece of chocolate cake you should have, comply.
- Study Time Mangement – Get the best books on the subject and become a master. Examples include Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time [EAT THAT FROG 3D] by Brian Tracy, The Time Trap: The Classic Book on Time Management by Alec MacKenzie, and The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
- Purpose – It is easy to pay the price when the results are clear. Understanding the importance of time management will improve your effectiveness.
- Beliefs – Your subconscious has a purpose of keeping you consistent with your identity. Your belief about yourself drives your behavior at a subconscious level. Make a decision that you are a master of time management. Use affirmations to reinforce it.
Although most people make New Year’s resolutions and have goals for their lives, how many actually put these on paper. This and the many other principles of time management may seem small, but will produce life changing results and change the entire course of your life. Study these ideas, implement them in your life and then teach others to do the same to maximize and most completely leverage your results.