Ten Time Management Tips

What an adventure these past few months have been! My mother-in-law says that getting old is not for sissies. Neither is moving! By God’s grace and with the help of some incredibly good friends we are now on the downhill side of things.

Lately, one of highlights of many of my days has been the tedious task of going through old files with the intent of getting rid of the superfluous stuff. I have gotten rid of some things, but it hasn’t been easy. Yesterday I tossed an electronic gizmo that has been in a box in my office for more than 20 years. As I stood there trying to decide whether or not to throw it away, several things occurred to me. First, it never really worked that well. Second, I really didn’t need it any more—probably never would. Third, it really was little more than a piece of junk. So, I tossed it.

I’ve also found a file or two laden with notes, memos and clippings that I’ve saved through the years. From time-to-time I’m planning to share some of these here. To start with, here’s something that was clipped from a Day-Timer publication. It’s under the heading of: 10 “Timebuster Tips”.

1. List everything you need to do—then number each item in order of priority.

2. Distinguish between “urgent” and “important” items—and make time for the latter.

3. Don’t just dream your goals—plan them. Write down the steps to each goal and get started on step 1.

4. Make a quick decision on each piece of paper that crosses your desk: act on it, file it, or toss it. Prevents paper pile-ups!

5. Set a starting time as well as a deadline for all your projects.

6. Treat a big project like a pie; cut it up into slices!

7. Take 10 minutes a day to plan your day and save up to an hour in execution!

8. When you’re swamped with work, don’t be afraid to say “no” to new projects.

9. If you run out of steam on one project, switch to another. A great revitalizer!

10. Trim the fat from you schedule: cut out low-payoff sctivities.

Let us know what you think of these. Also, let us know if you have any additional time management tips.


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5 Responses to Ten Time Management Tips

  1. Greg England says:

    I’m there with the tossing of things. Went through tools last weekend and made a box of things to look at a second time, w/ the intention of getting rid of at least half of it. Couple of years ago, my friend, Randy, offered me a very high tech cassette recorder. I wanted that thing so badly because it is high end, but had absolutely no use for it as we were now recording onto CD (haven’t reached the digital level yet). It’s tough for a guy to throw away anything electronic.

  2. Donna says:

    The best thing I ever tossed was my Daytimer….

  3. cwinwc says:

    Saying “no” will extend your life if you can get past the stress brought on by the stress of saying “no.”

  4. "Maggie" says:

    I see so many people who don’t know how to organize their email effectively for time management by using files and priority markings.

    I try to manage as much paper free as I can.

    PS: Applying for a credit card in a department store with quadruple your mail in a heartbeat. I’d rather pay the extra 30 bucks than have to deal with all the extra mail!!!

    Great reminders! Thanks for posting…great posts to save and study as time permits!

  5. To better manage your time, follow the word of Jesus

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