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Tasks Better Left Undone Accommodating Yourself And Other People Ask Lakein's Question Ask Lakein's Question "What is the best use of my time right now? Using The Swiss Cheese Method The Real Price of Delay Learn To Stress The Benefits It is irreversible and irreplaceable. To waste your time is to waste your life, but to master your time is to maste your life and make the most of it. As a Time Planning and Life Goals Consultant, I have created a new system which is helping millions of people right now to determine the best use of their time—and so gain control of their lives.
I'm not a "time and motion" organizer, trying to get everything done in the shortest time with the fewest wasted motions. Th kind of efficiency means taking the thinking out of an activity and reducing it to a series of mechanical routines. There is no attempt to keep it fun or interesting, so you might even say that such extreme clock watching takes the life right out of an activity, along with the thought I try to put more thinking into what people do, not take the thinking out.
If you follow my suggestions, you'll probably find yourself thinking more about how you really want to use your time, working less hard, doing more of the things you've alway wanted to do, and enjoying your life a lot more.
So please don't call me an efficiency expert. I'm an "effectiveness expert. Making the right choices about how you'll use your time is more important than doing efficiently whatever job happens to be around. Efficiency is fine in its place, but to my mind effectiveness is a much more important goal.
Some of the techniques of my system may surprise you. For instance, suppose you've got ten minutes before you must go to t dentist. If you're like most people, you'll fritter that time away. But I can show you how to invest those ten minutes so you c make a solid start on any big job you may have been putting off—like redecorating your home or analyzing your production costs.
At the same time, I will help you to eliminate procrastination and maintain the momentum you need to get the job do In this book you'll learn about the experiences of my clients, my family and myself in applying my techniques. And you'll see that my system is not inflexible, mechanical or burdensome. Far from it! It's fun to learn and fun to experiment with. The benefits come immediately, and then continue to grow. My system for effective time use has worked successfully for such corporate clients as A.
I feel strongly about the value of my system because it has given me control of my own life. The system can also work successfully for your life and what you want to get out of it, I'm not necessarily trying to show you how to become president your company or how to juggle simultaneous careers as office worker and mother.
With my system, you can achieve such goa if they really are your goals. But you can also become a more effective college student, chess player, candlemaker or international playboy. It's entirely up to you. And please remember: There is no such thing as lack of time. We all have plenty of time to do everything we really want to d If, like so many people, you're "too busy" to get things done, keep in mind that there are plenty of people who are even busie than you are who manage to get more done than you do.
They don't have more time than you have. They just use their time better advantage! Effective time use—like driving a car—is a skill that can be acquired, and in this book I have assembled all tools you'll need. I'll show you sensible, practical ways so you can be the master of the clock—not its slave—and do what you want with your life. When all is said and done, there simply is nothing more important in your life than your time.
I can't give you any more time than you already have. We all must live on hours a week. But I can help you to use the time you have more effectively. So let's begin! Since no synonym can do justice to everything that I mean by control, let me illustrate Make your hand into a fist Squeeze your hand as hard as you can and feel the tension. If you hold the fist tight for even a few minutes, your hand will ache with the effort. Such a tensed, strained fist has few peaceful uses.
Next, drop your hand to your side. Keep all your muscles as loose as possible. You can't get much productive work out of you hand in that position, either.
Now raise your hand slowly in front of you and make it come alive. Gradually move the fingers and feel the muscles respond with good tone and control. Here is a hand that can get something done! The kind of control I am recommending is in many ways analogous to good muscle tone. It is the sort of control over your tim and your life that is neither too tight i.
The ideal is balance. Beware the Time Not The purpose of this book is emphatically not to turn you into a compulsive clockwatcher, or into someone who is constantly b or aggressively efficient. To be more specific, here are three notorious characters that neither I nor anybody else enjoys hav around: The overorganized person is always making lists, updating lists, losing lists. When asked to do something, he tends to spend much time considering every possibility, planning every detail, making sure that he has every base covered.
He doesn't move without first planning the smallest detail, and consequently he often doesn't even get around to doing many things he should He is more interested in feeling organized in his head than in accomplishing anything. If he doesn't get around to doing what planned today—well, he'll just make a better plan tomorrow.
He's so intent on being wellorganized that he's often blind to changes, new opportunities, and the needs of others. The overdoer is so busy doing things that he has no time to assess their true value. He is a hard person to approach, even wit timesaving idea. He's generally disliked because he tells everyone else what to do.
He lacks spontaneity and flexibility. He's terribly efficient, but as often as not is eagerly clambering up the wrong tree. With every minute of his time, both at home a at work, filled with activity, be never has a moment to relax. The time nut is overwhelmingly preoccupied with time. He makes himself and everyone else nervous with his concern about never wasting a minute. He's always rushing around to meet an impossible schedule. If a meeting starts even a minute late, frets and fumes.
He keeps careful records in great detail of what he does every day. He knows how to save eleven seconds eating his cereal! Not an easy person to work or live with. If you think that trying to "get control" of your time and your life means becoming superorganized, superbusy, or preoccupied with every moment as it slips by, let me assure you that this is not the case.
Each of the three types sketched above has tak potentially valuable trait and turned it into a liability. Each is as badly off as the person who's totally disorganized, never do what he says he is going to do, never plans ahead, or goes through life from one crisis to another.
Neither extreme is desirable. Too much organization is as ineffective as too little. But there is no right answer. Different peo require varying degrees of structure and spontaneity in their lives. What's more, the same person has different needs at different ages, at different times of the year, in different situations. The person who is wellorganized at work may be very haphazard about his nonwork activities.
The person who at thirty has a clear set of goals and knows exactly how he wants to use his time and his life may find that at for he must break free of such plans if he is to grow.
Time management is the process of planning and exercising conscious control of time spent on specific activities, especially to increase effectiveness , efficiency , and productivity. It involves a juggling act of various demands upon a person relating to work , social life , family , hobbies , personal interests, and commitments with the finiteness of time. Using time effectively gives the person " choice " on spending or managing activities at their own time and expediency. Initially, time management referred to just business or work activities, but eventually, the term broadened to include personal activities as well. A time management system is a designed combination of processes, tools, techniques, and methods. Time management is usually a necessity in any project management as it determines the project completion time and scope. It is also important to understand that both technical and structural differences in time management exist due to variations in cultural concepts of time.
There are some basic factors that all schedules need in order for them to be realistic and effective:. Sometimes drastic change isn't necessary. Learning to compromise can make your life more effective.
But he hit on a truth that is so easy to forget during our busy, busy days. What it all comes down to is time management —how you choose to plan , prioritize , and spend the hours you have. Try RescueTime for free today!
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The above quote may have been written nearly 2, thousand years ago, but it rings true today. The average office worker puts in an eight-hour day but is only productive for about three hours of it, while business owners waste What is the secret to better time management? Is there a best theory or strategy to optimize our days? In pursuit of the answer, I decided to test and review the most popular time management theories and methods to find out which one made me the most productive. For an entire week, I dedicated one day to each of the seven most popular time management theories and methods.
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