Need help managing your time more effectively? Well, join the club! The reality is, we all struggle with managing and navigating all of the tasks and competing priorities that we encounter on a daily basis. I know I do. Lately it has become such a challenge for me that I started researching some books that might help me improve my time management.
While conducting my search, I located a book called 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management by Kevin Kruse. I immediately downloaded it to my Kindle and began reading it. The book is a quick read with short chapters and lots of practical ideas, which I love. In addition, Kruse incorporates a number of ideas and tips from other people (hence the title), which again provides great practical advice from people who are good at managing their time. I don’t about you, but I enjoy the practical way more than the theoretical. I want to hear what works for others.
Here are a few of the key takeaways from the book:
1) Focus on minutes. Specifically, think of the number 1440 (the amount of minutes in a day), and start focusing on how to maximize those limited minutes you have each day.
2) Identify your MIT. Not the school… your Most Important Task. Get clear about this each day and commit two hours of uninterrupted time to this task.
3) Don’t use to-do lists. Yikes! I use these all the time. Instead, Kruse instructs you to use your calendar to schedule everything.
4) Only check e-mail three times a day. Schedule specific, uninterrupted time to check and respond to e-mail each day.
5) Delegate or outsource. Focus only on your unique ability and what you do best. Delegate or outsource everything else.
6) Use daily themes. Have work themes for each day of the week and organize all of your work tasks and projects around those themes.
7) Touch things only once. If something takes less than 10 minutes to complete, do it immediately.
8) Focus on energy, not time. By maximizing your energy (through sleep, diet, exercise, and scheduled breaks), you will in turn maximize your time.
These are just a sampling of the key points — there are many more great insights and ideas. In the book, Kruse brings each of these to life and provides real-world examples of how successful people are utilizing these principles. I’ve already put some of these tips into action, and I am seeing the results already. My e-mail inbox has never been so clean!
My guess is that you could use some help managing your time too. Whether it’s this book or a different one, I suggest you find a resource that will help you get more focused and intentional about how you use your time each day. Remember, you only have 1440 minutes.