How to be more Efficient With Your Time

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These 10 time management tips will help you get your time under control letting you be more efficient and spend your time more wisely. Click each individual tip for more indepth information on it.

10 Time Management Tools to make your more efficient:

1. The 80/20 Rule
When you want to become more efficient many try to just do more with their time. I have found in my experience though that the greatest increase doesn’t come from doing more with less time, it comes from doing more of the right thing during the time you spend.

2. Weekly Plans
Having a good weekly plan is the center piece in becoming a good time manager.
By effectively batching tasks, setting deadlines, priorities and getting an overview you will greatly reduce the time you waste during the day, giving you more free time to spend on more pleasurable activities.

3. Monthly Plans
When you have made a weekly plan you quickly see that some of your recurring activities don’t fit into your weekly plans, some things are bi-weekly, once a month, once a quarter or once per year.

4. Yearly Plans

5. Organizing Your Days
When I started making my weekly plans I started saving a lot of time, but it wasn’t before I started organizing and prioritizing my day that I really saved time.

6. Strategic Planning
Making plans can be a lot of fun, you are imagining how you are going to accomplish a goal. In many ways you are already living the path you are going to take.
It can be very exhilarating.

7. Quadrant 2 Mindset
It wasn’t until I adopted a Quadrant 2 mindset that I really started seeing results.
The phrase “Quadrant 2” comes from Stephen Coveys book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

8. Delegating
Micromanaging is a pest both for managers and for employees, having to check up on every task, every activity takes an incredible amount of energy and leaves your employees feeling as though you don’t trust them.

9. 15 minute method
The hard part of efficiency is breaking the habit of procrastination.
It is so easy to procrastinate on tasks, to put off tasks that we just don’t feel like doing.
The problem are the reasons we procrastinate; We don’t know how to start, the task feels to big, we don’t have the necessary knowledge to do the task or we just don’t feel like we have the energy to do it.

10. Dealing with the TV
When I ask questions about what people think is important and they wish they were better at, a large group always answer, stress!
We don’t know what to do with our stress; it keeps overwhelming us and smothering us.
With all the stress we have we feel like we really need to relax when we get home, that is the main reason TV is so popular.

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4 Responses to How to be more Efficient With Your Time

  1. Breaking large jobs into smaller task, really is key to getting over procrastination in many cases. Once I realised this, I started tackling and completing ever bigger jobs. I’m not sure I agree they should be 15 minute chunks but a natural size dictated by the the task.
    For instance I couldn’t write an article in 15 minutes and I don’t believe I would want to break it down any further than writing the article and then editing it. Two separate chunks but both have their own natural size.

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Hi Chris,

      You make a great point, one that is difficult in terms of procrastination.
      The thing with the 15 minute method is to use the technique to get started, once you have completed your 15 minutes you can continue if you want to or not.

      The problem is that many have a lot of trouble starting tasks, I think you have a great idea in breaking tasks down in size, for example a blog post into 1. planning the post 2. writing the post 3. editing the post.

      But some people need a little more help just to get going, promising 15 minutes to the task is an easy way to get started.

      What do you think? Am I right or completely off track? ;)

  2. Fred Tracy says:

    Hey Daniel, nice article.

    I really have to emphasize the 80/20 rule as well as Quadrant 2. These are both things I came across, even though I’m not much of a time management type person, and they helped me greatly – particularly the 80/20 rule.

    It’s so important to manage your time effectively so that we can spend the most time doing what we want. Thanks for your work here.

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Hey Fred,

      For me it really was quadrant 2 thinking that made the difference but mostly because it helped me understand the 80/20 rule.
      The difference the right mindset can have for your life is pretty incredible.

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