3 Easy Steps To Your Successful 2017

A Simple Approach To Transform Yourself In The Coming New Year



It’s that time of the year when you look back at how far you’ve come, how much you’ve achieved… and heave a sigh of regret!

93% of those surveyed about accomplishments in business and life over the course of 2016 said that they were NOT satisfied with their performance.

So what did the other 7% do which made all the difference?

I decided to find out – and it boils down to just 3 simple steps that they took. Turns out that these are easy for you to follow, too. And they will transform your success in the coming new year!

Step #1: Improve Your Focus


Distraction is the biggest enemy that keeps you from reaching any milestone you set for yourself.

You begin a new year, eager and excited about doing big things. But very soon after you launch into your action plan, something else comes up – and you lose focus.

When you learn how to focus better, you will automatically improve your chances of success and hit your targets effortlessly. That’s why almost all the successful people we surveyed put this at the top of their list.

A popular little ebook that may be a good starting point to learn how to focus better is “How To Focus – Beat Procrastination & Get Things Done”.

Step #2: Set Your Goals


If you don’t know where you’re going, you won’t know when you get there.

That’s the most compelling reason to set your goals ahead of time. And there’s an art and science to goal setting for the best results.

Too many people have failed because they set vague and unclear goals, or phrase them in a way that’s difficult to be motivated, or lack a structured approach to monitoring and achieving smaller milestones along the way.

You can take this short course on goal setting to discover how to achieve your goals and live your dreams.

Step #3: Improve Your Productivity


To reach your goals quickly and easily, you must be efficient and effective.

All our survey participants ranked high productivity as being a critical element of their success. Most of them had gone through a formal training program or course to learn the best way to optimize time and energy.

Without embracing productivity rituals, you’ll waste time spinning your wheels and run out of motivation and energy before you reach your destination. This means you’ll be spending more time and effort to achieve less.

But with some simple tweaks to the way you work and think, you’ll be able to transform yourself in just a few weeks. TRANSFORM-37 is a great way to learn how to boost your efficiency in time to make 2017 your best year ever!

So, there you have it.

3 easy steps to a successful new year ahead.

Hopefully, by this time next year, you’ll join the 7% of highly successful entrepreneurs who responded to our survey with an enthusiastic “Yes”… instead of a sad sigh of regret!

Happy New Year.

I wish you all success in 2017 – and beyond!


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Time Management – Do You Know Where Your Time Goes?

A few months ago, I downloaded a tiny time management application that runs on my desktop computer where I work online.

It runs in the background, unobtrusively. I don’t even notice it.

Once every week, I receive an email in which there’s a summary time management report – about how I spend my online time.

It is always eye-opening.

This is how a summary report might look:

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When I hover over the bars on the right side, it gives me a break-up of which websites or applications I’ve spent time on.

By assigning each activity a ‘productivity rating’, ranging from highly productive to severely unproductive, I get a visual representation of how well and effectively my time is being spent online.

Now, there are some drawbacks and limitations to a time management tool like this. I don’t always log out when I leave the computer to tackle offline tasks, including when I leave to the hospital – so at times, the tool over-calculates a specific activity. But, by and large, it is an accurate and fair representation of the time I spend on various sites and activities.

It has been TRANSFORMATIONAL in keeping me on track to meet my goals.

I never realized just how often I slip from my self-imposed targets to limit time on certain activities, such as engaging on social networks or browsing news sites. And this time management tool has been priceless in tracking my productive time spent on writing and development activities.

Simple and easy-to-understand trend graphs can help you pinpoint areas of wasted time, and also see how effectively you’re fixing them.

See the graph below:

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I took to playing online chess for a while, and hadn’t realized how addictive and wasteful of time it was – until I saw from my Rescue Time report that my “Entertainment” time category had soared to 13.9 hours a week!

I bit the bullet. Deleted my account at Chess.com. Almost instantly, my “Entertainment” time expenditure dropped to 5 hours a week… that’s an EXTRA hour and a half EVERY DAY.

How many hours are YOU wasting – without even realizing it?

What could you do with the time you’ll save – once you know?

As soon as this awareness hit me, I signed up to the PREMIUM plan (it’s just $9 a month, with a discount for pre-paying annually). The additional information I’ll get from this time management tool will be well worth the investment.

Even if I save ONE HOUR, it’ll pay for a YEAR of Rescue Time Premium!

So, here are my biggest take-aways from this analysis.

  • 1. We all waste timeoften without even noticing it.
  • 2. Knowing where we spend time is a powerful first step in fixing this problem.
  • 3. Rescue Time is a great tool to track your time utilization online.

It’s FREE to sign up and use – for as long as you like.

And after you’re convinced about the value of this tool (for me, it took around 4 months to realize), get the PREMIUM version – and transform your productivity and boost your efficiency.

My guide on improving your efficiency, “HOW TO FOCUS – How To Stop Procrastinating and Get Things Done, may also be of some value. You can pick up a copy from here.

When you sign up to our free “Time Taozine” email newsletter, you’ll get updates on various time management techniques. You will also learn more about the Time Management Tao system which is based on learning how to

Hopefully this brief overview of a powerful Time Management tool was of help and value to you.

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This Time Management Exercise Will Enhance Productivity

A time management exercise that makes you more efficient and productive does not have to be elaborate or complex. It can be as simple as being sure to think out all steps in the process – and plan them out.

One of the most critical ways thinking about time management has grown over the years – and helped optimize time for millions of people – is by learning how important it is to think about tasks and projects in terms of processes.

Let me illustrate this with the example of creating and selling an ebook. In the past I would stumble through the project in fits and starts, trying to get components done – and waiting until one is completed before beginning another.

As a result, there were unavoidable periods of delay and enforced waiting in between steps, while I had someone else design a cover or format the pages correctly, or I conduct some more research, or secure necessary permissions or schedule interviews with experts. All of these things caused a project to drag on for longer than necessary.

These days, since I practice this simple time management exercise, I break down the entire project into distinct processes. Then, I group them in a way that I can work on (or more frequently, delegate out) each of them depending upon my resources available at the moment – knowing that in the end, they will all fit together into a completed whole.

This prevents waste of time. Where it once took 3 to 6 months (or longer) to finish the entire project, there are times now when I can plan, create and start selling a brand new book withing 4 weeks!

You can imagine the competitive advantage this time management exercise offers, especially in a fast moving environment like the Internet. It all becomes possible because of:

  • breaking down complex projects into individual processes
  • planning the steps in executing each of them
  • synchronizing the process with resources available

This allows tasks to be finished in the shortest time span, often at the lowest cost and with limited resources. No wasted time or money on unnecessary delays. You can maximize your efficiency by selecting the task that you are most likely to get completed at the present time, in your current state of mind and depending upon your interests and resources available at the moment.

It is not only more efficient to work in this way, it is also infinitely more enjoyable. Because you are not straight-jacketed into doing a specific task at a particular time, you have more flexibility and freedom to follow your moods and fancy (of course, within the limits or constraints of the overall project).

Other than this time management exercise, there are many other tiny things that you can tweak about your work and enjoy greater productivity boosts. To learn more of them, explore other sections of this Time Management Tao website and check out the guides on time management here.

And you can receive many time management tips by signing up to our free weekly email newsletter, the “Time Taozine“. Here’s a sample tip which teaches another simple time management exercise:

Don’t waste time while waiting in line. From banking to appointments, it’s tough to avoid waiting for someone or something. But you don’t need to just stand there and mindlessly waste your time. You can always take something to do along with you, such as a report you need to read, cell phone voice-mails to check and delete, a check book to balance, etc. This helps you take advantage of “down time” and can increase your efficiency.

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4 Time Management Strategies That Actually Work

Easy, Powerful Principles To Boost Effectiveness For Students & Working People – Instantly

Time management strategies are necessary to improve your effectiveness at study or work. By learning how to implement a 4-part strategy to managing your time, you will miraculously find 3 extra hours or more in your over-crowded day, and stay on top of your work-load almost effortlessly. Better still, you will take the stress-free route to achieving all your goals and targets.

The most complicated time management strategies begin with these simple steps.

1. Create Your Schedule

Depending upon your nature of work and your unique time management needs, your schedule may be for a semester (if you’re a college student), or a year (if you’re setting targets for a financial/budget year), or a decade (if you’re planning a personal time management system).

This is your bird’s eye view of the future, where you outline your targets and paint a picture of how you want things to be at the end. In this schedule, you must be sure to include all the components of your future goals, so that you won’t miss anything. If you do, the balance and harmony you’re striving to achieve through effective time management strategies will be altered.

So, if you’re a student, be sure to record all known assignments, projects, and papers that are due over the course of your semester. If you’re in sales, chalk out your travel schedule, meetings, performance reviews and training programs. Don’t forget social engagements, family activities, hobbies and other fun elements of your life.

2. Develop Your Weekly Plan

Every week, as you go through the list you just made, develop a plan for the next 7 days.

  • What tasks must be finished in the week ahead?
  • How much time do you have for each? Will it be enough?
  • Have you budgeted time for daily living activities?
  • On which day will you carry out each task?

Knowing the answers to these questions will help you make meaningful lists. When you’re not sure how long a particular activity will take, be conservative in your time allocation. If you finish it earlier than expected, you’ve got extra time on your hands. As far as time management strategies go, that’s far better than having to complete a 7 hour job – and only have 2 hours available for it!

3. Draw Up The Day’s List

Each morning, quickly review the weekly list you just compiled. Pull out the work that’s to be done today, and list it. It must be in a handy planner, mobile device, or even a sheet of paper or index card, so that you can carry it around with you and tick off each task as it’s finished.

Before setting out to work on them, though, prioritize them in order of importance. A simple, yet effective method is to give each item on your daily list a tag – A, B, or C. A’s are most important and must get done that day. B’s are the next most important, and must be done next. C’s are optional, and must be attended to only after A’s and B’s are finished.

4. Measure & Improve

The best time management strategies are ones that constantly evolve and grow better as you use them. So get into the habit of evaluating your progress.

Each evening, evaluate your daily schedule.

  • Did you get all the work done? If not, why?
  • Was your scheduling practical and realistic?
  • How accurate were your estimates of time taken to get things done?
  • Is your priority setting correct?

If anything isn’t working as you expected, make changes and tweaks to your process. Prioritize better. Remove items that aren’t important enough. Set your time estimates more accurately. Leave some time for unexpected delays and interruptions, so that you can make up for lost time.

These time management strategies will ensure that you minimize waste, get the important tasks done, and most importantly, avoid becoming stressed and anxious as you go through your productive day. This systematic approach to managing time is based on Time Management Tao, which is based on learning to:

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Practice Time Management Daily

Practice makes perfect. That’s true about most things. And so if you work on your time management daily, you will naturally become better at efficiently handling the 24 hours we all have in our day.

There’s no big secret to gaining expertise and growing better. Just repeat and practice. Doing things over and over makes it automatic. It’s called developing a ‘habit’.

This applies to physical, emotional and even thought processes. You’ll manage your time better by developing positive habits – and breaking negative ones. An example will help understand this better.

Let’s say you’re addicted to a particular time-wasting kind of behavior, like checking your email every 30 minutes. Even if it takes you only 3 minutes each time, in an 8-hour work-day, you’ll spend 48 minutes doing this.

Instead, if you decide that you will check email only during 2 sessions every day and each takes 15 minutes, you’ll actually save 18 minutes – and surprisingly, discover you’re being more effective at handling your email, as well as other work that you’re currently interrupting in order to check email! That’s how you’ll benefit by practicing time management daily.

Or take another instance.

What if you never exercise, and find yourself running out of steam towards the end of the day. By ‘investing’ 15 minutes in the morning to a light exercise routine, you’ll give yourself enough extra energy that you’ll gain an hour or two of productive work daily.

Starting out to try and develop new good habits takes a bit of discipline and self-control, especially when you’ve decided to work on time management daily. But once the habit gets established, you’ll keep doing it with no conscious effort at all – automatically. That’s the big pay-off, and what makes it all worth doing.

You’ll need a few more things in order to efficiently practice time management daily.

Get a countdown timer. Egg timers work great for this purpose, and are inexpensive. You can set the amount of time you can allocate to each task, and start the timer. Once the clock is ticking, get busy.

Don’t stop until you’re finished, or the buzzer sounds indicating the time assigned is over. As you practice time management daily, you can even make this a game. Set yourself ever tighter deadlines, and then try to beat the clock. Record your progress, and document your fastest times.

Some people who practice time management daily suggest that you work in standard time blocks. But that’s boring and restrictive. Instead, why not play around with different durations – like 5 minutes for one task, 15 for another, and so on. This keeps things more fun and interesting, while still helping improve your productivity and efficiency.

There are many other ideas and strategies to incorporate into your routines as you learn time management daily. You’ll hear about winning time management strategies, goal setting secrets and efficiency enhancing tips when you explore the rest of this site and sign up for the “Time Taozine” using the form below.

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Time Management Lesson Plans

Many students are looking for time management lesson plans to help improve the way they utilize limited time, and to squeeze the maximum advantage from their days. Time management is only important to the extent that you place a high value on your time. The hardest challenge is often to convince students that time is precious because of its finite limit. You cannot store or preserve time, and therefore the only way to take advantage of it is to maximize the value you get from it.

Time management lesson plans can be used by students of any age. None of them are restrictive or explicit in details. They are often loose guidelines which are open to adaptation and interpretation to fit your unique needs and circumstances.

You can find time management lesson plans available as free or paid downloads from the Internet. You can print them out for convenience and easy reference later.

What is in a Time Management Lesson Plan?

Lesson plans are usually a brief overview of a component of time management. It sets out a learning objective, which is what the student is expected to have learned at the end of the lesson. The objectives are often categorized into minimum messages, which are learned by every student, and slightly advanced messages that are picked up by the majority of students in the class.

The topics of each lesson are outlined next, along with action steps such as when students will be asked to participate in discussions around the topic. Also listed in the lesson plan are any assignments, group projects or record keeping that students will do as part of this lesson.

After outlining the steps of these lesson plans, there will be a list of resources to refer to for more information, sample worksheets that students can model or use, and a section for feedback about the performance based on this lesson.

Downloading Lesson Plans

Most time management plans for students are presented as downloadable Adobe PDF documents. Students wishing to study the material can view it on any computer or device running the Adobe Reader software.

Once the lessons are downloaded to the student’s computer, it can be opened and viewed using the appropriate software. Lessons can also be printed out for future reference.

Time management is a thorny issue that can create stress for teachers and educational administrators alike. There’s so much to do that anyone involved is often overwhelmed. Teachers have struggled with the challenge of moving from one zone to the other, allowing students to face and overcome their own challenges and succeed at juggling work and personal life.

Time management lesson plans essentially serve a useful purpose in educating students in the core essentials of Time Management Tao, which are:

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Why Time And Money Management Are Critical To Your Success

Time and money management are the two skills that can make or break your enterprise or business venture, not to mention having the potential to transform your life and future.

Even if you’ve been struggling to manage your time and get things done, you’ll benefit from some simple but effective changes in the way you plan and schedule your day. Here’s a very powerful time management technique.

Develop your own sense of urgency.

Don’t let your important work stay on the back-burner with the excuse, “I’ll just have to do it tomorrow.”

That’s probably what you say to yourself at the end of a busy, overcrowded and stressful day, when you notice something left undone on your to do list. Maybe that’s what you’ve been accustomed to doing. But change it today. Create a sense of urgency about things on your schedule.

As you gain management wisdom, you’ll realize that by putting it off until tomorrow, you’ll only end up crowding up your calendar for tomorrow – and putting off something important on that next list. It becomes a never-ending cycle of procrastination.

So unless circumstances absolutely prevent completing the task, you should try and do most of your scheduled tasks on time. And by setting time limits to get them done, you’ll create your own sense of urgency – even about mundane tasks that need to be finished.

Many time and money management courses and programs advice you to treat it like a little game. Bet yourself that you’ll do it in less time than you thought it would take. When you win, it feels good. More important, the task gets done!

Another important concept in time and money management is being able to take responsibility for wasting time (your own and others).

On discussion forums and social networks, there are some folks who complain about how the interactions suck up all their time, preventing them from completing any serious work. That never ceases to amaze me. These folks are probably completely ignorant of principles of time and money management.

After all, nobody forces you (or anyone else) to visit forums or Facebook, much less waste your precious time on them! You are the person making this choice.

Unless you own up to being responsible for your own time, you’ll never get around that serious hurdle to time wasting – blaming others for your poor time management.

If a meeting drags on longer than scheduled, it is your fault for staying in it. If you waste time on pointless discussions via email exchanges, you are to blame for keeping it going. If a co-worker drops by uninvited during your peak productivity hours – and chats away merrily, disturbing your concentration and keeping you from working – it’s still YOUR problem… because you put up with it.

By owning up to your own role in time and money management, you will be motivated to take better control of your schedule and avoid time wasting circumstances (or terminate them effectively). You’ll get many more useful tips to handle such situations effortlessly when you sign up for our free email newsletter, the “Time Taozine“.

For punchy, powerful time and money management advice, you may also find the Ming Vase Time Management series of ebooklets of some value. And by adopting the Tao style of managing time, you’ll transform your level of effectiveness when you learn how to

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How Time Management Sheets Help Evaluate Your Time

Time management sheets are very helpful tools that guide you to calculate the value of your time. Very few entrepreneurs know the value of their time. Those who do are almost always a success.

The reason is very simple. Successful people have learned how to measure what an hour of their time is worth. Knowing this, they are driven to maximize the value of their time and protect it against useless or ineffective activities.

It’s a vital time management skill to learn. If you know your time is worth $100, and you are faced with a task needing 1 hour to finish – you will have a meaningful scale to measure if you should do it yourself, or find someone else you can pay to do it for you. Time management sheets can be of great help in making this decision.

How to calculate your time value with the aid of time sheets?

First, determine how much you earned last year (or month). You may do this by totting up all your income from various sources by adding them to your time sheet and computing the total.

Then, record the time (number of hours) you worked to earn that money. You must make sure to include all the time involved in generating your income, which includes travel, preparation and research as well as the actual duration invested into your work.

On your time management sheets, you can then divide your total earning by the number of hours spent, that will give you your present dollar value per hour worked.

Then, on a separate column of your time management sheets, work out your desired or target income figure for the coming year and beyond. When you divide this figure by the number of hours you work, you’ll have an estimate of how much your time should be worth. This gives you a fair indication of whether to do things yourself within that time, or delegate it to others.

Using time management worksheets to calculate the value of your time has 2 big benefits.

  • 1. It allows you to plan outsourcing and delegating with a definite logical basis
  • 2. It reveals the importance of your time to yourself, so that you value it higher and guard it against waste and distractions.

Once you’ve tried using such time management aids to calculate these figures, you’ll be surprised at how hesitant you will be in the future to waste your time. It’s difficult once you have figured out the value of it, because you’ll view it as throwing dollar bills into the trash! It’s hard to waste an hour once you know it’s worth $100 or more.

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Are Time Management Classes Really Necessary?

Why ‘Gaining Control’ Over Time Is a Flawed Paradigm – And Understanding Time Management Will Set You Free!


Time management classes teach you how to draw up lists of things to do, prioritize them, and execute efficiently. This creates the illusion of controlling time. But unless you really understand the nature of time and what managing it really means, you’ll never be free of the shackles of “too little time”.

Time is natural. Since pre-historic times, time has been perceived in harmony with nature. The passage of day into night, the cycle of seasons, and the predictable patterns of evolution of time have all been watched, accepted and understood by mankind.

In the modern world, however, the wristwatch (or alarm clock) has shifted this perception and created a different understanding of time. It has become something to manage, control and optimize – because we think that things will spiral out of control otherwise.

Reality? They are spiralling out of control anyway!

So what’s a man (or woman) to do? Well, when you understand what time management really involves, you’ll discover the secret that ancients knew and internalize the concept of natural time – which will set you free from the stress and anxiety of modern time management, and at the same time make you super-effective and hyper-efficient.

Task-Based To Time-Based Living

Things were simpler in the days when people viewed life through a task-based lens. You harvested the land and planted seeds. It didn’t matter how long it took, you completed the task. You hunted prey, cooked it, and ate it. How many hours or minutes you spend doing it hardly mattered.

And then, as the industrial age developed, the factory re-defined your job by the time it took to complete – because more efficient workers added to the productivity of the enterprise. The time-table, time sheet and duty hours gained prominence.

You no longer worked from sunrise to sunset. You work from 9-to-5… and are pressured to get as much as possible done in this time. That’s stressful, and so we needed time management classes to instruct us on doing this well.

To Do Lists, Priorities And Effectiveness

Time management classes focused on teaching managers and employees (as well as CEOs and entrepreneurs) how to squeeze the most efficiency out of their working hours. To do lists gained prominence after the legendary Charles Schwab was advised to draw up a list of his 6 top tasks every day and work his way down them… which he found dramatically enhanced his productivity.

But even if we make to do lists of 6 (or, as is more popular these days, 10) of your top chores and prioritize them by order to focus on getting each done, it still won’t make you more effective. That’s why time management classes in the mid-1960s shifted emphasis to guiding students to be more effective.

That happened by carefully picking the tasks to focus on, by asking 3 questions:

  • 1. Does this need to be done?
  • 2. Do I have to be the one doing it?
  • 3. Am I wasting someone else’s time doing it?

The immediate results were seductively great, and more people embraced the philosophy of “controlling time” through this approach. But as efficiency grew, people became aware of a disturbing reality. They weren’t any less busy or happier because of their time management systems.

Are Time Management Classes Necessary?

Yes. And they need to teach a different message. One that is rooted in the age-old understanding of time as an ‘internal’ thing, that’s a part of our nature, and something we must work with in harmony with. Time Management Tao is about embracing this inherent naturalness of time, making it a facet of all our efforts, and going with the flow to get more done in less time.

This attitude takes away the stress and anxiety that go with fighting time deadlines and trying to conform to time limits imposed from the ‘outside’. It is certainly important to get things done on schedule, to be at an appointment on time, and to work with specific time frames on projects and targets. But it is also important to do it in a way that resonates with the very nature of time, and that is non-confrontational or stressful.

Our approach with time management classes is to teach a style of time management rooted in balance. We help you find your center – and realize what’s most important for you to get done. We guide you to understand order, so that you won’t fret and worry about trying to rush things ahead of their natural schedule. We show you how to choose the right timing for any task, so that it gets done almost automatically, with the least effort and time.

All of this will be revealed on this website. You can explore sections that will teach you about how to:

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Time Management Ideas To Improve Your Efficiency

Time management ideas can be extremely powerful in transforming your success. The right idea, when implemented effectively, can double, triple or even quadruple your efficiency – with just a simple tweak to what you’re already doing. Here are two time management ideas that you’ll find helpful.

Mind Maps On Paper

When beginning a complex project, try to ‘think on paper’. Fill a blank sheet with random notes, often radiating out of a central theme or purpose. As an example, for a project where the central theme is building awareness about a cause and raising funds, the steps to take might include lists of 10 to 12 items for each, and some tasks needed to be broken down into smaller parts.

There may be people to meet and ask for support with spreading the word. A list of promotional activities to carry out, announcements to write, and other trivia will fill up your time sheet. At the end, when the paper is filled with random thoughts, you can spend an hour formulating a sequential plan.

The best time management ideas are of no use without correct implementation. But when you set out to execute a well-thought plan, you exponentially increase the chance of success with it. This simple process will save you hours of time later down the line. If you just plunge in and start, you’ll only get stuck at various stages – and maybe forget to cover a few bases.

Select Off-Peak Times To Get Work Done

Ever been stuck in rush-hour traffic? Or caught in a long queue at the check-out counter at the supermarket? Or waited for your turn at the popular rides in theme parks?

Not fun.

Not fun at all.

Plus, think of the enormous waste of precious time. That’s why you must learn to live your life ‘off-peak’.

Try and drive to work a bit earlier to beat the traffic jams. Encourage your spouse or significant other to do the bulk of your shopping around the middle of the month, when stores are less crowded.

Avoid going to amusement parks on holidays, but instead take time off during regular work hours to enjoy the peaceful, uncrowded entertainment.

There are times when you must try new time management ideas and do things during peak hours. For instance, if your ‘friends’ or partners are known for long-winded drawn out conversations on the phone, try calling them when they are likely to be busiest – so THEY try and cut the conversation short (saving you time!)

By tailoring the timing of what you do, you’ll benefit from the ‘off-peak’ periods in multiple ways. Timing is an important tenet of the Time Management Tao philosophy, which is based on learning to:

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A Powerful Time Management Principle

Let me share a story which teaches a powerful time management principle. It applies to everyone, no matter what your occupation or position in life. The story is one that a leading time management expert uses in lectures to his audiences, to drive home a point.

He used a practical demonstration that those students will never forget. Commit this story to your memory… and think about it as you plan your own day, week – and life.

So, here’s this expert, standing in front of an audience of high-powered over achievers. He looked at the crowd of eager, ambitious faces listening attentively to him, curious to learn about the powerful time management principle he had promised them.

He said, “Ok, it’s time for a quiz.”

Then he pulled out a one-gallon, wide-mouthed mason jar and set in on a table in front of him. He then produced about a dozen fist sized rocks and carefully placed them, one at a time, into the jar.

When the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked, “Is this jar full?”

Everyone in the class said, “Yes.” You see, they hadn’t yet learned this unusual time management principle – once they had, their answers would be different!

So, the Professor smiled and asked, “Really?”

He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. He dumped some gravel in and shook the jar, causing pieces of gravel to work themselves down into the spaces between the big rocks.

Then he smiled and asked the group once more, “Is this jar full?”

By this time the class was onto him.

“Probably not,” one of them answered.

“Good!” answered the expert. And again he reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand.

He started pouring the sand in, and it went into all the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel. Once more he asked the question, “Is this jar full?”

“No!” the class shouted.

Once more he said, “Good!” He grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour it in until the jar was filled to the brim. Then he looked up at the class and asked,

“What is the point of this demonstration?”

Aware that it had to do with this powerful time management principle, one eager beaver raised his hand and said, “The point is, no matter how full your schedule is, if you try really hard, you can always fit some more things into it!”

Surprised, the speaker said, “No, that’s not the point at all! The time management principle I’m trying to share through this demonstration is: If you don’t put the big rocks in first, you’ll never get them in at all.”

What are the big rocks in your life? The important tasks that lead you closer to your biggest goals, the WHAT of your life. This may vary in specifics. It may be a project that you want to accomplish. Or more time with your loved ones. Time spent pursuing your faith, or your education. Maybe supporting a worthy cause. Teaching or mentoring others.

No matter what it is, remember to put the BIG ROCKS in first or you’ll never get them in at all. That’s a very important time management principle to keep in mind, one that’s a cornerstone of the Time Management Tao philosophy which is rooted in learning how to

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Study Time Management

Why study time management?

Maybe time management is not a cutting edge, hot, ‘in the news’ subject. Breakthrough technology or newly discovered psychological tactics may not festoon the specialty. Yet, studying time management is important – because even when you read the same book, or listen to the same tapes or CDs, or review the same seminar notes or recordings, you’ll learn something new from it.

And since most time management guides have content that is applicable to your needs only when you reach a certain level of optimization of your work process, this new knowledge will help you break new ground – and get better. That’s a reason why students in school and college must focus on studying time management.

On your bookshelf, you should have different books, recordings, workbooks and more about optimizing your time. That’s the only way to get more done in a day than you used to handle in a week. There’s always room for improvement. And you should be constantly learning.

When you study time management, you’ll learn several new skills, tips and techniques about saving time or improving efficiency. Often, on your to-do list, there are some things you can do very quickly, and others that you struggle with.

When you study time management, you’ll learn strategic approaches and realize how it may be smart to “swap” time with those who have the opposite problem. You’ll understand how it takes them time to do what you do quickly, but it also takes them less time to do the things you do slowly.

Many will say this is just outsourcing. But its not. It is more about using your time wisely on the things you do well and quickly for yourself as well as for others, while also benefiting from them using their time wisely doing the things they do quickly. This way you both get things done faster and at the same time do the things you enjoy and do well.

Time that is enjoyed as well as productive is time used wisely. You’ll master this when you learn about time management strategies and understanding the basis behind Time Management Tao, which involves knowing how to

The Ming Vase Time Management guides go deeper into some elements of managing time and serve as good references for people looking to study time management. You can also receive tips and advice about managing time from a free email newsletter – the “Time Taozine”. To sign up, register using the form below.

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Time Management Hints You Can Take To The Bank

Want some time management hints you can cash in immediately? Ok. I’ll share a few with you. Here’s the first. Stop planning for a day.

Many time management guides teach you how to plan out your day. And surely you know of some amazing folks who plan for a day in great detail. Personally, I’ve never been able to. Part of the reason is that my professional schedule is unpredictable. Without the luxury of a fixed and regulated lifestyle, daily planning is bound to become a frustrating and inefficient waste.

That’s why one of the most practical time management hints is to keep a longer range in mind while making plans.

Most of us do not like being tied down to too rigid a structure – even if following such a strict time-table will be beneficial. This is a mind-set many entrepreneurs share. That’s the reason why we look for time management hints to help us enjoy our desired lifestyle without losing track of our goals or getting distracted off our course.

So, how can you manage and plan your time?

It still helps to chalk out broad plans for things that you would like to get done each day. But more important are the mini-goals that you break down your big ones into. If writing a book is your big goal, your smaller milestones will be outlining the chapters, conducting the research, and writing individual chapters (or even smaller sections) of it.

Those mini-goals are then prioritized, so the most important ones get done first, followed by the less important ones.

A fringe benefit of having an irregular, uncertain schedule is that there is an in-built sense of urgency. If you have a goal to reach – but am not sure when you might be disturbed – it serves as an agent of focus, and will help you concentrate all your attention on the task at hand, until it gets done.

But remember that it’s not all about projects and work, no… these time management hints involve family and social life too. ‘Do it today’ is a watchword that helps a lot in maximizing your here and now.

Want more? Fine. Here’s another hint that’ll save you time and improve your efficiency.

Build flexibility into your to-do list. Divide your working day into sections. This allows you to take steps towards achieving your goals, and gives you room for unexpected opportunities that require quick action.

If your master plan requires you to take action in four areas, break your day into four sections. In each section, list individual task(s) you need to complete. Take one step in each section toward your goals.

In case something comes up that needs immediate attention, you can reschedule your other planned tasks to take advantage of the new opportunity. You’ll still have your section completed for that day. Simple – but very effective.

All these time management hints are based on the Time Management Tao principles which depend upon learning how to

There are many more time management hints scattered around this website. Take a look around and you’ll pick up many nuggets. You can also sign up (see below) to the free “Time Taozine” where you’ll receive simple but effective ideas to manage your time wisely and well.

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Time Management Seminars That Make a Difference

Time management seminars can help you become more efficient. Haven’t you always wanted to control your schedule, manage papers and files, and tackle your email in a way that frees up your time and skyrockets your productivity? After attending one of the top class time management courses, you’ll find yourself breezing through these tasks effortlessly.

Why Try Time Management Seminars?

It hasn’t been this easy ever before to correctly set a priority on your daily tasks and keep your life and work organized. There is enough expertise around with running an efficient and effective household, office or business. Most time management seminars will guarantee that your productivity will go up even after the very first day of implementing the training program lessons in your time management processes.

Among the various things covered in a time management event are:

  • how to deal with incoming messages, emails and documents
  • how to organize your life so you can find whatever you need immediately
  • how to meet deadlines and get done ahead of time
  • how to avoid procrastinating, and stop worrying about delays
  • how to focus on whatever you’re doing, and bounce back from interruptions

All these skills will transform your way of working, and enhance your efficiency in several ways.

Productivity and Time Management Seminars

A study by the University of Alabama about how time management can save costs and increase profits, it was confirmed that productivity grew by almost a fifth after employees attended an event teaching time managing skills. There’s little doubt that seminars can help your company or business become better organized.

Be it in a corporate setting or in a smaller office environment, simple time management systems can help you get better organized. Any working environment is the receiving point for a flood of material – letters, documents, email, project reports, packages, and more. Sorting through it all, sifting the important material, and dealing with it efficiently is your highest priority.

Having a system that deals with this issue can streamline operations and help save time. Managers and employees are all part of the same set of processes, and the system itself grows stronger with repetition and improvement. Having a common framework and decision-making sequence helps to organize work and reduces confusion.

Another benefit from time management lectures or events is getting managers and workers on the same page. By identifying priorities and ensuring that they match, you create better accountability within your organization. Even if someone goes on leave, the others can smoothly take over the work because everyone does things in a similar fashion.

What To Expect From Time Management Seminars?

You should expect to receive instruction and feedback which will help you create systems with step by step details that are relevant to your company or business, can be easily implemented, and that are sustainable over time. Some seminars are conducted by teams of instructors who will visit your office, assess the situation that prevails, and provide customized solutions that fit your specific needs. Others are general and principle-driven, and you might have to ask clarifying questions to ensure that the concepts can be adapted to your business.

No matter what approach time management seminars take, all of them are rooted in the principles of Time Management Tao, and will teach you how to:

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