15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management by New York Times bestselling author Kevin Kruse is chock full of tips on what productive and successful people do differently. Based on research and interviews with people like Mark Cuban, Olympic athletes and over 200 entrepreneurs, the information is not groundbreaking but it does succinctly sum up how you can emulate others’ productivity.
1. Mind the minutes.
Each of us has 1,440 minutes in each day. How you invest them is a choice – choose with intention.
2. Set daily priorities.
Identify your Most Important Task and work on it for two uninterrupted hours each morning.
3. Ditch the Lists
Schedule things directly into your calendar. Throw away the post-it notes and scraps of paper.
4. Don’t rely on Back to the Future
Don’t put off what you can do NOW. Your future self will thank you for it.
5. Make it home for dinner.
Yes, there’s always more to do. Time block your priorities and end the day guilt-free. Give your brain a break.
6. Quit Mental List Making
Write everything down and keep your mind clear to focus on one thing. Transfer all to-do’s to your diary.
7. Ditch Digital Distractions
You’ve got mail. It can wait. Check email three times a day only. Respond, file or delete as swiftly as you can.
8. Avoid Meetings at All Costs
If you must meet, set a strict agenda, stay on topic and keep everyone standing the entire time.
9. Just Say ‘No’. Repeatedly.
Every time you say ‘yes’ to a non-core priority you are saying ‘no’ to a core one. Only say yes to things that progress your priorities.
10. Find Your 20%
80% of outcomes arise from 20% of activities. Find Your 20% and stick there.
11. Delegate, delegate, delegate
Identify your unique talent. Outsource everything else.
12. Get Into A Groove
Assign certain tasks to set days of the week. Group your tasks during each day. Changing from one thing to another takes time and gives your mind a chance to wander.
13. Once and Done
Any activity that takes less than 10 minutes to complete should be done immediately.
14. Ritual Rewards
An extra 60 minutes in the morning dedicated to your mental, physical and spiritual health will keep you on track.
15. Forget Time – Focus on Energy
High energy equals high productivity. Sleep, diet, exercise and short breaks throughout the day are a necessity.
How many of these do you incorporate into your schedule? Do you have other tips that you recommend? We’d love to hear your thoughts.