Time Management Strategies How to Get Your Time Back - Tony Gray - ebook

This book is a short to the point read for those who find themselves doing things that they shouldn't be doing, thus, using up the precious time during the day. This book has references to lot of specific studies and their conclusions about managing time and ways people waste time. I am sure you will find that that what they say is correct and we always fall into some of these traps.Imagine what you could accomplish with your life if you tackled the discipline of time management. Learn how to effectively manage your time and power through your to-do list in record time. This comprehensive guide will help you quickly master your time, instead of allowing your time to master you.Inside you'll find...• How to prioritize your to-do list• How to put the 80/20 rule to work in your life.• How to plug up time drains• Why multi-tasking will slow you down• How to set realistic expectations• And more!Time Management Strategies for students, Time Management Strategies for teachers and time management strategies for nurses and more...

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Table of contents

Time Management Strategies How to Get Your Time Back

Introduction: Why Time Management Matters to You

Time management is your bosom buddy, not your archnemesis

Chapter 1: Tracking Down Your Time

Chapter 2: Why You Should Like Ratios Even If You Hate Math (The 80/20 Rule)

Chapter 3: The Myth of Multitasking

Chapter 4: Priority Boarding

Chapter 5: Expectations Aren’t for Superman

Chapter 6: How to Keep a Good Thing Going

Conclusion (And a Few Tools)

Copyright 2012 Tony Gray. All Rights Reserved.

Disclaimer:This book contains information regarding time management that is the author’s own opinions and experiences.  It is published for general reference and is not intended to be a substitute for independent consultation with a professional time manager.  The publisher and author disclaim any personal liability, either directly or indirectly, for the information contained within.  Although the author and publisher have made every effort to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information contained within, we assume no responsibility for errors, inaccuracies, omissions, or inconsistencies.

Table Of Contents

Introduction: Why Time Management Matters to You

Chapter 1- Tracking Down Your Time

Chapter 2 - Why You Should Like Ratios, Even if You Hate Math (The 80/20 Rule)

Chapter 3 – The Myth of Multi-Tasking

Chapter 4 – Priority Boarding

Chapter 5 – Expectations Aren’t For Superman

Chapter 6 – How to Keep a Good Thing Going

Conclusion (And a Few Tools)

Introduction: Why Time Management Matters to You

“Day, n. A period of twenty-four hours, mostly misspent. “ – Ambrose Bierce

In May 2010, Google brought nostalgia to its homepage. Its daily doodle celebrated Pac-Man’s 30th birthday on that particular day, and the Google overlords craftily replicated not only the look, but the actual playability of the original Pac-Man game. Tired employees got online that morning and discovered that their search engine now featured one of their favorite back-in-the-day arcade games, and it wouldn’t be an understatement to say that every single United State of America was soon abuzz with these employees tapping their keyboard’s arrow keys with unusual fervor.

So what? Well, someone got curious and calculated how much action Google’s Pac-Man really got. The blog RescueTime came up with a total playtime of 4.8 million man-hours, and a scary big percentage of numbers happened during work hours. They took it a step farther and assumed that the average employee playing Pac-Man cost his employer $25 an hour, which meant that the Google’s overlords took a pretty sizable bite out of the day’s earnings—a $120 million bite, actually.

That’s just the big picture. Let’s zoom in and think about the more personal effects. There’s no way of knowing how many people stayed late at the office because they might’ve (oops) let time get away from them on a silly arcade game. Maybe a couple guys found themselves walking into meetings not quite so prepared thanks to the gaming distraction. Some people probably took their break (plus a little) to amuse themselves with Pac-Man instead of going for that quick walk they promised themselves.

But you know what? There’s a good chance that more than a few departments had some spontaneous “team building” as they gathered at each other’s desks and complained about how close they were to the high score when Blinky finally caught up.

On the one hand, all those Google hours were a mondo time pit for businesses and productivity in general. On the other, lots of people got a smile and maybe even some shared laughs out of a doodle. It made the workday more fun, which can help improve productivity and morale. So was all that time really a waste? Not necessarily.

The Pac-Man doodle proved a few things: one, we all love a good distraction. Two, time sucks cost a lot of time before you know it. And three, whether you think all that time was a waste depends a whole lot on who you are and – and what your goals are.

Time management is your bosom buddy, not your archnemesis

Okay, let’s get this out of the way first. Time management is absolutely, 100% not about carrying a highly regimented schedule in one hand and a clock in the other. It’s not about giving up the ability to be spontaneous and carefree in favor of becoming a stiff old school marm who lives by the bell. This book is not going to try and turn you into someone who has no idea how to enjoy a night off without feeling guilty. The point of time management is not to kill your joy and make sure you’re always, always, always productive.

Now that you feel better, let’s talk about what time management actually is. And the definition is actually very short. Quite simply, time management is about taking what’s important to you – including your family, your career, your dreams, even your dog – and helping your pursue it whole hog. All the techniques and tips are just accessories that help you do that.

If finding time for what you love is important, then you need to know how to manage your time. Now, let’s talk strategy.

Chapter 1: Tracking Down Your Time

Think about your day today. What time did it start? How many times did you hit the snooze button? Did you fall asleep in the shower? Did you have to go hunting for Bobby’s missing shoe before he could get on the bus? How about your own outfit – did you have to look for something in the laundry or did you have your clothes picked out the night before? How about breakfast? What happened after that?

If you can recite exactly how much time each activity took you this morning, well, bravo and bully for you. You may proceed to Chapter 2. Now, for the other 99.9 percent of us, let’s be honest and admit that we have some vague notions about how our morning went, but not much else.

Before you can start managing your time, you have to figure out where it goes. Each of us has 24 hours in a day, and there’s often no accounting for a good chunk of it. There’s probably at least one time sink in your day that you don’t even realize is there. That’s where time tracking comes in handy.

Time tracking is step one of learning how to manage your time, and just means that (for a certain amount of time) you’re going to write down every single activity you did and how much time went to that activity. Sure, it seems a little counterintuitive to pour your time into writing down everything, but you absolutely can’t skip this step. If you do, then a kitten will die and it’ll be all your fault.

Seriously, time tracking serves at a function that’s essential in learning how to manage your time better. You can’t move forward until you know three things.

1. Know what your time sinks are. Remember Google Pac-Man? That’s a good example of a time sink – something that sucks you in like quicksand and – poof – you just lost 30 minutes. It might be Facebook or a TV show that you watched just because. It might also be the inevitable “Dad! I lost my shoe and the dog ate my homework and I need money for the field trip.” Sometimes you just have to hold your nose and jump in the mire, knowing that you have to do it even though you won’t have anything to show for your time.