Time Management Resources

Better Decision Making

  1. Saying No. Over commitment can almost be an act of violence against the self,” says Tim Askew. Building the fences you want takes you making decisions about what it is you want to do and what it is you do not want to do. “There is a graceful vitality and even love in mastering the appropriate business no,” Askew continues. Read more here.
  2. Manage your energy not your hours. We are chasing the wrong resource: hours in the day. Instead, we should focus on something entirely different: our energy. Time and energy are locked in a symbiotic relationship.Productivity is more than the sum of your time management techniques. Productivity requires that you discover the blend of your resources — time and energy. In order to successfully manage time, you must also competently manage energy.
  1. Sleep. When you sleep, you create a healthy brain that can perform at high levels. Working to get more sleep or better the quality of your sleep will pay off during your working hours by making decision making easier.  “Never waste any time you can spend sleeping.” – Frank Knight. Read more here.
  1. Monofocus. You can overestimate the importance of almost everything. What actions will produce the desired results? Every single person has the same amount of time. When you prioritize your own time, you take control of your life. Greg Mckeown expands on monofocus in his book Essentialism.
  2. Focus. Being able to focus without distractions. Every single time we are interrupted it takes 21 minutes to return to task. The ability to focus our attention is a learned skill that is is not taught in school, business management courses or the workplace. Learn more about how to train your attentional intelligence here.
  1. Intentional Decision Making. We have 168 hours in each week, assuming a 40 hour work week with 8 hours of sleeping, there are still 72 hours to spend doing things we care about. Be aware of what is filling your time.

You Have More Time Than You Think, Laura Vanderkam

Tracking your week in real time: Where you are spending you time?

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Time is mysterious and fleeting thing in our lives and easily escapes us. As you continue in your work and life, keep Benjamin Franklin’s words in your mind’s eye to keep you on track to your priorities.  “Lost time is never found again.”