9 Secret Keys To Success In 2018 – And Beyond

9 Success Secrets

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Easy Ways To Transform Your Life And Rocket To Success

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Over the years, I have written over 3 million words.

(How? I’ll tell you soon in ‘Intentional Practice’)

Some of it has been blunt, direct, hard-hitting prose. Some has been ornate, stylish poetic writing.

Either style works for getting people to read and take action.

The key is that the content is relevant, practical and actionable. That’s all that really matters.

So for this collection of secrets to help you succeed in 2018 and beyond, I’m going to take the straight, no-nonsense approach, okay?

I’m gonna give it to you just the way it is.

No frills. No fuss. No moralizing.

And you can take it – or leave it. Your choice. It’s your life, after all.

I hope you’ll give it a shot and see how it transforms you in the coming year.

 

Secret #1: Filter Your Inputs

 

Filter Your Inputs

We live in a world of information overload. Fresh data hits us from every direction. All the time. Around the clock.

News. Ads. Alerts. Warnings. Updates.

You’re drowning under the deluge.

Worse, you are being exposed to a lot of toxic information.

Open the newspaper or watch TV and you’ll get a non-stop torrent of bad news.

Violence. Unfairness. Crime. Crises. Death.

It’s enough to depress any healthy person.

That’s why you should learn how to filter your inputs. Control what makes it onto your mental radar screen.

Famous motivational guru Zig Ziglar likens it to dumping trash into your mind… which leads to “stinkin’ thinking”.

(Incidentally, Zig’s fantastic book ‘See You At The Top’ is back on sale in the Kindle store after a long hiatus. If you haven’t read it, pick up a copy here now.)

Anyway… you’re swamped under information.

And to succeed, you’ve got to stem the flow and turn the tide of data in your favor.

Fortunately, technology offers us many solutions to help.

  • For instance, you can use Google Alerts to set up news feeds on specific topics and keywords – and the fresh tidbits related to it are delivered into your email inbox. Everything else can be ignored.
  • On Facebook, you might use a Chrome browser plugin that blocks your Wall feed – so that you can only view notifications from specific people in your network. The rest is blocked.
  • You can carefully curate the websites, news services, books, newspapers and magazines that you read or follow.

All of this ensures that you get information about things that really matter – without receiving unnecessary, disturbing or distracting updates.

This process of filtering inputs is not a ‘set and forget’ action. It’s an ongoing activity.

  • You critically review and revise your choices periodically.
  • Assess the information that makes it through to you.
  • Filter out the sources that are useless.
  • Add fresh ones that are valuable.

Within a very short time, you’ll notice a significant impact on your available time, your state of mind and your productivity.

Take a similar approach to your email inbox, What’sApp groups, Facebook contacts, Twitter followers and other social engagement.

Weed out the wasteful, harmful and depressing stuff.

Then watch your energy levels spike and soar!

 

Secret #2: Establish Daily Rituals

 

Daily Rituals

What do you do when you wake up every morning?

If you’re like most normal people, you’ll go through a (kind of) fixed routine.

It may vary in details, but broadly it’s something to help you freshen up, get dressed, eat and begin work.

The reason you follow this every morning, day after day, year after year is because it works for you!

That’s the power of a ritual.

And by harnessing the power of rituals, you can get more things done – and do them more efficiently.

Let’s say you’re a news junkie and want to keep up with what’s happening in your world every day.

You could randomly chase after headlines, visit different websites, read the newspaper and listen to the morning news as you drive to work.

Or you could establish a ritual… a sequence of steps you’ll follow in the same order to get similar results.

So you might

  • scan the front page of your newspaper
  • load Google News in your web browser
  • subscribe to updates from a once-daily email newsletter

Then, each morning you’ll do this – and ONLY this – to feed your news addiction.

Nothing more. Nothing less.

And you will set a strict time limit for it. Maybe 10 minutes. Or thirty. Your choice.

What just happened?

You established a ritual.

It makes you more efficient. And it frees up your time outside this period – to focus on other things without any distraction.

The great news is that you can establish rituals for ANYTHING.

  • A set of marketing activities for your online business, maybe.
  • Or to handle your daily email.
  • Or to plan your day’s activities.
  • Or prepare breakfast.
  • Or workout at the gym.

Anything.

Winners work on rituals.

They have many.

And they constantly refine and improve these rituals, so that their efficiency increases.

To put it simply, a ritual is a series of steps that you’ll take without having to think about them… in order to achieve an goal, or accomplish a task.

When you can get started on it automatically, you’re more likely to…

Just do it!

 

Secret #3: Set Goals

 

Goal Setting

If you don’t know where you’re going, how will you know when you get there?

Just think about that popular aphorism for a while.

To make meaningful, steady progress towards anything, you must first know what it is.

In other words, you must set goals.

Your goals may be big or small. They may be life-defining or modest. They may be short-term or life-long.

But time and again, research has proven that goal setting helps fuel performance.

And improves outcome.

There’s an art to setting goals correctly. Too often, people get into goal setting mode around New Year’s day. They make resolutions, which are promptly forgotten within a few weeks.

That’s no good.

An effective goal should be SMART

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Attainable
  • Relevant
  • Timely

A ‘bad’ goal would be:

“I want to become rich.”

A ‘good’ goal would be:

“I want to earn an extra $500 a month within the next 90 days.”

See the difference?

One is little more than a feeble wish. The other carries within it the seed of an action plan.

Like rituals, winners set many goals. They also act on those goals with focus, dedication and determination.

The reason why goals work so powerfully to boost productivity is that they serve as a focal point around which everything else revolves.

  • You draw up plans.
  • You set targets.
  • You measure progress.
  • You make adjustments.
  • You celebrate milestones.

All of this is done in the context of goals you’ve set yourself.

These goals may be diverse. Most goal setting is done in three areas of your life – finances, relationships and health. But there are also several other things for which you can set goals.

To learn more about the best way to set and pursue goals, you can

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Secret #4: Practice Daily

 

Intentional practice

Everybody has ONE thing.

  • One thing you want to be famous for.
  • One thing you’d like to be an expert at.
  • One thing you’re most passionate about.

At least one thing.

Think about what it is for you.

And then, practice doing it daily.

For me, that “one thing” is writing.

For more than 15 years now, I’ve written something every day. Very rarely have I written less than 1,000 words in a day.

1,000 words x 365 days a year x 15 years = 5.47 MILLION words.

I still practice writing. Because I love to write. And I want to get better at it.

Now, you’ve surely heard the phrase: “Practice makes perfect.”

It’s true.

It’s also incomplete.

You see, it isn’t enough to just “practice” to get perfect.

Your practice should be INTENTIONAL.

What do I mean?

Take playing golf as an example.

You practice your swing. You hit the ball 50 yards down the green. If you keep repeating this through “practice”, you won’t get much better at golf – even if you do it religiously every day, for several years.

To improve your game, your practice must be intentional.

The intention is to keep getting better.

  • So if your swing this week is 50 yards, then next week your goal should be to hit the ball MORE than 50 yards. Maybe 60.
  • Or if you’re shooting hoops at basketball, and start out sinking one shot out of every 10, the next week you should aim to sink two in 10.
  • Or if you’re practicing speed typing, and begin with 25 words per minute, your next goal should be to top that – with 35 or 45 words per minute.

And then, your intention should be to get better quality, as well.

  • So your future golf swing should not only hit the ball further – it should be closer to the hole, or stay more on track than go wide.
  • Your future basketball shots should not only score more often – they should do it from further away, or from a more difficult angle.
  • Your typewriting should not only get faster – you should make fewer spelling mistakes at the same time.

That doesn’t happen by accident.

It only happens with intention.

Hence, INTENTIONAL practice.

You might have heard about the 1,000 hour rule… To become an expert at something, you need to practice it for 1,000 hours.

Well, only if each of those 1,000 hours was INTENTIONAL practice.

Otherwise, you’ll only be repeating mistakes!

So figure out your ONE thing. Do it daily. And do it with the intention of getting better at it.

In a few years from now, you’ll become a REAL expert.

 

Secret #5: Take One Step Every Day

 

Take a Step

So, you have a goal.

You know that it takes action to reach your goal.

And of the many action steps necessary, a few are more important than the rest.

Make it a habit to execute one of those important steps EVERY day.

Maybe you run an online business.

There are myriad tasks you’ll handle.

Processing orders. Customer service. Product creation.

Creating sales processes. Administrative tasks. Accounting.

And more.

But when you think about it, one set of activities is more important than them all.

MARKETING.

Because without a steady flow of new customers, your business will stagnate, and eventually die.

Even if you do all the other tasks brilliantly!

So logically, it follows that you must concentrate on marketing.

Yet, for most online entrepreneurs, it’s hard to find enough time for marketing… because their heavy load of work, dealing with other things, is too much.

That’s the reason why you should PRIORITIZE correctly.

And carve out time for the more important tasks that are essential to achieve your goal.

  • Do it every day.
  • Do it first, before you get stuck in other routines.
  • And do it without fail.

Refuse to accept any excuses or arguments to justify not doing it. Don’t go to sleep without getting it done.

Why does this matter?

In a provocatively titled book called “Eat That Frog” (read it here), bestselling author Brian Tracy details the importance of doing “first things first”.

It’s revolting to think about eating a frog.

But if you have to do it, then focus on doing that first and get it out of the way. The rest of your day will be better!

Doing the most important things first works like that.

When you use up your available time, energy and resources on doing the tasks that appear urgent or convenient or easier, you’ll realize (too late!) that there isn’t enough left to tackle the more critical activities.

That’s why, when you draw up your daily “to do list”, you should place the most important tasks right at the top.

Because, caught up in the thick of things, it’s difficult to decide on the fly which things are important – and which ones aren’t.

You should make that choice ahead of time.

If you don’t work with daily to-do lists, start making it a habit right now. My short and simple guide to getting things done will help you get going.

Once you make a habit of doing your most important task (or top 3 tasks) daily, your productivity will sky-rocket.

And, surprisingly, you’ll not work any harder than before.

In fact, you may well discover that you have a lot more time to spare!

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Secret #6: Be Grateful

 

Be Grateful

And express your gratitude.

Zig Ziglar advises that you develop an attitude of gratitude – as an antidote to stinkin’ thinking!

My dear friends Barb Ling and Ken McArthur make it a practice to regularly post a ‘Thank you’ message on Facebook – on which they’ll tag dozens of friends and people they are grateful for.

You could do that, too. It’s quick, easy.

And here’s how it helps.

Our media today creates shell-shock.

Whether you’re watching a TV channel or radio program, following a podcast or news website, hearing a late-night talk show or a pundit on her blog, the outlook is bleak and dismal.

  • Markets are collapsing – or about to.
  • Terror attacks are happening – or threaten to.
  • Accidents, attacks, violence occur every day.

And the commentary is constantly negative.

Pessimistic.

Depressing.

The problem with this is that your energy levels sink. You lose motivation. You wonder if anything is worth doing at all.

And that’s bad.

You need an antidote to that oppressive feeling – and GRATITUDE works nicely.

When you make an effort to be grateful, you’ll start looking for stuff to be grateful about.

Look, I don’t care how many problems, worries or woes you have in life… there’s surely a few things you are thankful to have.

Sometimes, it’s hard to remember them – unless you try.

So, try.

  • It could be the smile of a barista who handed you a cup of java this morning.
  • Or the memory of a dad hugging his little girl before she ran off into school.
  • Or the thought of the young man who helped an old lady cross the street.
  • Or your health.
  • Team. Friends. Family.
  • Anyone.
  • Anything.

(If you can’t think of one, just thank me for writing this article!)

Clear up some time on your schedule to be grateful.

I do this late at night, before going to sleep. I think about my day, and my life. I try and recall a person, event or thing that I’m happy to have in it.

Then, I hold the thought of that in my mind for a few minutes before drifting off to sleep.

You can choose a different time of the day.

You can pick another approach to choose what to be grateful for.

You can decide how you’re going to express your gratitude.

What matters most is that you consciously seek out things you’re thankful about.

Because doing that shifts your mindset in a positive direction.

Suddenly, things start looking brighter.

More optimistic.

Hopeful.

You’re energized. Your focus grows sharper. You feel more alive.

And suddenly, life’s worth living, right?

 

Secret #7: Develop Healthy Habits

 

Healthy Habits

Tell me something…

If you could take 5 minutes today to do just one thing which will make you happier, healthier, richer, more successful…

Would You Do It?

Of course you would!

Now, if I told you that health, wealth and success will be yours only if you did this 5-minute thing over and over every day for a full year, would you still do it?

Very possibly, yes.

Why?

Because the reward is well worth the price.

Which means the only reason you’re not already doing it is because you don’t know how powerful these things are.

I’m going to tell you, now.

And then, it’s up to you to decide whether or not to do them – and keep doing them.

None of them is costly.

Or difficult.

Or time consuming.

It’ll probably take you 5 minutes a day.

Or less.

1. Eat Fruit:

Any fruit is ok. So pick your favorite.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Eating a piece of fruit every day has incredible health and nutrition benefits.

Choose fruits you like and will enjoy eating, this even becomes fun.

2. Drink Water:

A glass or two of water, three times a day, will refresh, energize and nourish you.

Just regular water. No ‘shine’ or ‘sparkle’ or ‘aeration’ needed.

Many people are dehydrated – and don’t even realize it. Drinking water cures that – and will boost your performance.

A lot.

Try it and see the difference.

3. Take Vitamins:

Take a multi-vitamin pill once a day.

No matter your age or health status, your body needs a daily quota of vitamins. If you don’t get it in your regular diet, you can take it as a supplement.

Make sure you get your daily recommended allowance and watch your health soar.

4. Get Enough Sleep:

An extra hour of restful sleep can transform you into an energetic dynamo. Go to bed a little earlier. Avoid sedatives and sleeping pills.

Take short 15-20 minute ‘power naps’ in the middle of the day, if you feel very tired. It will refresh you and leave you with more energy to face the rest of your day – and be much more productive.

5. Do Exercise:

No, not lengthy workouts in a gym. They help, but if you can’t squeeze one into your busy day, I totally understand.

But at least do some simple stretches, yoga routines or mini-workouts for a few minutes daily. You can see my 15 minute plan: go here.

Now, these are just five ideas.

You can follow them all. Or only a few. Or even none.

That isn’t the main point I’m trying to make.

It’s that you should develop good habits.

All kinds of good habits.

Habits that you follow constantly, regularly and without fail.

Because success takes consistent and directed effort.

Habits help you achieve such effort.

In an upcoming book, I’m going to get deeper into the topic of developing positive habits. If you’d like to read it when it’s done, let me know by clicking here to pre-order your copy.

 

Secret #8: Talk To Someone You Love

 

Talk to family and friends

Many of us have a skewed idea of what success means.

Often, we define it in terms of money earned, assets owned, or possessions bought.

The owner of a $25 million company is deemed successful – even if he ruins his health and lacks a meaningful relationship with his family, as a consequence of working so hard to achieve his “success”.

That’s sad.

Because, in the overall view of life, we can’t do with financial success alone.

We also need success in our health and relationships.

Success only makes sense if it’s worth achieving.

And many of us want to succeed FOR the people we love.

So, why is it that while we pursue success, we ignore those same people?

All it takes is a few minutes every day to communicate with the special folks in our lives.

  • A chat over a cup of tea.
  • A conversation on an evening stroll.
  • A phone call at the end of a busy day.

Surely that’s within anybody’s reach?

Yet, strangely, many entrepreneurs don’t value this inter-personal connection highly enough – until it’s too late.

Only when relationships break down and bonds are strained to the breaking point do they wake up and realize how vital it is to their “success”.

Be smarter.

Avoid getting into this bind.

Make it a point to talk every day to the people you love. The special men and women, boys and girls, spouses and partners in your life.

They are who make everything else you do meaningful.

And as you sweat and struggle to attain success (however you may define it), take the time to nurture your relationships with these wonderful people.

Make time to meet them as often as you can.

Take the effort to reach out to interact with them.

Nobody on their deathbed has ever said: “I wish I had spent more time at the office.”

By contrast, among the top five regrets of the dying was:

“I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.”

So… should you stop working hard?

No. Because success doesn’t fall into anyone’s lap without hard work.

But take time out of your busy schedule to talk to the people you love.

Do it every day.

You’ll never regret it.

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Secret #9: Improve Your Focus

 

 

I know… I know…

You’ve listened patiently to me as I recommended getting more sleep, talking to people you love, being grateful… while all the time, your competitors are slaving away to get ahead.

If you waste so much time doing all of this, how are you ever going to catch up to them?

Well, here’s a huge surprise.

You can outperform anyone even while working less than them – if you sharpen your focus.

Here’s a shocking fact. The average CEO of an American corporation only manages around 20 minutes of focused work in a typical day.

That’s right. Less than half an hour daily!

The rest of their time is spent fighting fires, meeting with people, and tackling administrative trivia.

So if a FORTUNE 500 company can be effectively managed by a boss in just half an hour daily, what’s the secret?

In a word: FOCUS.

If you’re able to concentrate totally on any task you’re engaged upon, your productivity will go up by 100% to 450% – easily.

That’s why it is important to learn how to tune out distractions, overcome procrastination, and get things done.

One of my best-selling ebooks is “How To Focus” – and if you grab your copy here for less than five bucks, it will help you get started with improving your concentration and getting things done.

Of course, you can get even higher value from the full-blown 6 week personal transformation program, TRANSFORM-37learn more about it here.

How does it help to be more focused?

  • You won’t get distracted, so your efficiency will be higher.
  • You’ll devote more attention to any task, and get it done faster.
  • You’re going to see new opportunities, and spot errors more effectively.
  • You’ll have more time to tackle many more projects and tasks.

In the end, you’ll get more done with less effortand still have extra time left over for other things that matter.

That’s a nice position to be in, don’t you agree?

Learning to focus better is like having 27 hours in a day!

Create that for yourself.

Start right now!

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3 Easy Steps To Your Successful 2017

A Simple Approach To Transform Yourself In The Coming New Year

 

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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!

Dr.Mani

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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:

Time Management - Rescue Time Management report

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:

Time Management - Rescue Time Management report

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.

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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“.

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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.

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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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