Time Management

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Book Highlights

Title: Time Management

Author: Brian Tracy

Genre: Self-Help

Pages: 113 Pages

Difficulty Level:  Easy

Time Management: Book Review

Are you a team manager or team lead struggling to keep up with your work or looking to boost your team’s productivity? Then I might have a suggestion for you. Time Management by Brain Darcy consists of numerous principles that people in such positions can apply and benefit from.
With over three decades of experience in Time Management and leading numerous people to achieve a more productive routine, I would say that this book is a real deal.
Time Management is a straightforward and quick read. Each chapter is short and to the point, making it a good guide. As a reader, you get the message, understand the actionable items of that topic, and that’s it. No more paragraphs about why these things work and why this doesn’t.

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Time Management consists of all the necessary things you would want to learn about, including discovering a personal set of values, batching your tasks for maximum outputs, and how to delegate your tasks effectively.

Do not worry if you don’t hold such a position. The advice in the book Time Management can still benefit you, but I felt that this book is suited for people in managerial positions.

Learning about these aspects will help you move forward in life and help you achieve more. Look for the suggestions that would immediately help you and implement them. You can gradually use other ideas to tweak and get better results.

Time Management: Book Summary

  1. Have clear understanding of your priorities and complete them before any other task.
  2. Being good with time management involves being a disciplined and motivated person doing the necessary things first.
  3. You can increase your output by manifolds by learning to delegate efficiently.

Who Should Read It?

I found this book suitable for managers and the team leads of any business organization wanting to improve their output.

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Time Management: Top Quotes

  • If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there.
  • Every minute spent in planning saves 10 minutes in execution.
  • A goal without a deadline is not really a goal. It is merely a deadline.

Time Management Notes

1) The Psychology of Time Management

  • How easy you manage time comes from your self-image of how you handle time usually. If you believe that you have a good hold of your time, you act accordingly.

    If you do not change your belief about your personal levels of effectiveness and efficiency, your ability to manage your time will not change, either.

    Visualize: The better image you create for yourself, the better it becomes. Create a picture of yourself as calm, confident, highly efficient and able to complete large amounts of work in a short period of time.

2) Determine your values

Find the reasons of why you do what you do?

What is your core value of beliefs?

What are the things that drives you? motivates you?
What are the things that make you happy?

3) Project Forward, Look Backwards

Take the time to evaluate your life and find out the things you can improve.

Develop a clear path as to what constitutes as your perfect future and then reverse engineer it to the present day and decide the things that needs to be done to get there.

Developing long term perspective is one of the essential traits of successful people.

4) Make Written Plans

Take out time to layout plans on what are the things that should be done. Find the important ones and prioritize them over anything else.

Having a list of written plans allows you to have a sense of control and awareness of what you want to achieve in the near future.

Review your plans regularly to include/exclude any new piece of information.

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5) Create Your To-Do List:

Take a sheet of paper and determine the 3 most important task for the day and plan out how you are going to do them.

If you have more tasks at your hand, check whether it can be done by somebody else or if you can save time by explaining someone what needs to be done and they have the capacity to do it from there onwards.

6) Set Clear Priorities

You must understand the important works for the day needs to be completed as soon as possible. The high value tasks must always be your priorities.

Find those tasks and delegate the others.

7) Determine Your Key Results Area:

Identify the results which only you can provide. These are the values that you can offer the best. Find those key results area and work on them. Usually, your important tasks would be those which satisfy these key results areas.

8) Delegate to Others

Find the tasks that can be better suited for other person and who can do it better than you so that you can focus on the main things.

Delegating tasks efficiently helps you achieve more and create more value of your project.

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9) Create Blocks of Time

Have uninterrupted time period of at least 60-90 minutes of doing uninterrupted and highly focused work.

Plan your days effectively so as to add 3-4 slots of 90 minutes work for getting things done faster and better.

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