Everyone would love time management tips free. And contrary to other freebies, the free tips thrown out by experienced time managers could easily transform the way you manage your schedule and beat the clock.
One of the most effective time management tips freely given to me had to do with handling email. It introduced the concept of one-touch management of paper/email/fax.
Stop and think for a minute before you read further… How many times do you look at an email message, or letter, or faxed note?
If you answered “More than once”, you’re wasting time!
A critical time saving skill is learning how to deal with information – with one touch. If you look at an email or letter or fax, quickly decide how to deal with it – respond, trash or file for future action.
As you grow better at this skill, you’ll put fewer message in the ‘act later’ folder, and decide then and there what to do with it. And if you effectively delegate your work, you’ll soon have someone else doing it for you!
That’s one of the powerful time management tips free for members at Time Management Tao. Here’s another.
Stick to schedules for email, forums, online (and phone) chat as well as other electronic discussions. One of the biggest time wasting distractions for anyone working on the Internet is email, and participation on forums and discussion groups.
Don’t get me wrong. This kind of networking is critical to getting things done. But only a few people using these immensely powerful tools use them correctly, efficiently, effectively.
Think about how you use these online communication media. How much time in your working day do you spend on your email? On discussion forums? On email lists?
More important, how do you schedule such activity (if you do it at all)? Do you chunk out time blocks to work on them? Or do you do them during breaks from more productive work?
Or are you hanging around forums most of your time online?
Too many people find themselves caught in this time-trap. Spending far too much time on email and forum discussions. So stop – abruptly. There’s one of the very effective time management tips free for you.
You’ll find it incredible to see how much time you now have to spend on the more important activities. No longer will you have to put off mportant work because it needed time to execute and you don’t have enough of it. From the time you spare from discussion boards and email, you’ll be able to set up a structure which would bring long term results and take you closer to your goals.
On Time Management Tao and in the free “Time Taozine” email newsletter, you’ll get time management tips free to use and benefit from. For greater detail, you might check out the Ming Vase Time Management guides as well.