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Video: How to Manage Time With 10 Tips That Work

Entrepreneur Magazine frequently offers useful time management tips. Here are 10 that are helpful. Don't worry too much about the revolutionary declaration that most time management advice is useless -- that would make THIS advice useless, too. It's not. It all depends on how you apply it, particularly with the discipline that you apply it.

All time management tips depend on people DOING them with the discipline to say NO to distractions and low-payoff items. Focus first (and most) on the HIGH PAYOFF items and you are likely to be happy with the results.



Here are the tips for additional review and application:


  1. Carry a schedule and track all of your activities, conversations, actions, and even thoughts  - for a week. Identify your productive vs. non-productive times.
  2. Assign time for your important activities. Put it in your schedule!
  3. Plan to spend at least 50% of your time in the activities and actions that produce most of your results.
  4. Schedule time for interruptions. You know they are going to happen - plan on that consumption of your time.
  5. Take the first 30 minutes of your day to PLAN your day. "The best use of your time is planning the use of your time" might seem weird but give it a try. It is critically important.
  6. Take 5 minutes before any call or task to determine what result you want to obtain. Set a goal.
  7. Put up a "do not disturb" sign when you absolutely must get something important done. 
  8. Practice not answering the phone. Just because it is ringing doesn't mean you must answer it. When you are working on something more important (or interacting with someone in person!) let the call go to messaging.
  9. Block out other distractions like social media (unless that is part of your job or promoting your business.) If it's just fun, do it during designated fun times.
  10. Remember that it's impossible to get everything done. No one can do everything. Odds are that 20% of your time will produce 80% percent of your results. Make that time the best you can.


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