4 Time Management Tips

4 Time Management Tips

4 Time Management Tips


I guarantee 90 percent of you who read this book feel like you have too much to do. We all have things to do. What separates those who are efficient and successful from those who are not is the way they do things. Those who are successful and efficient carefully manage their time.

You may think time management is beyond your grasp and that you just “move at your own pace,” but that’s simply not true. You can find a system that works for you and allows you to accomplish more in less time.

3 Goals for this Week: 

1. Keep a time log for one week. Use a notebook or electronic device and map out each day in 30 minutes increments. Then write down what you did during that time. The most accurate and efficient way to do this to keep the list with you at all times and make an entry each time you change activities. If, for example, you work on the same task for ninety minutes, you don’t need to check in with your log each half hour. Just record that block of time when you are finished and ready to move on to something else. But, if you go off task, be sure to record it. If you are constantly moving from one thing to another, check in every thirty minutes so you don’t lose track and fall behind. Be honest about how you use your time. Only you will  see this log. You can make improvements if you don’t admit faults.  Evaluate your time log. 

2. Based on your time log, make a specific plan to eliminate time wasters. Time wasters  are anything that distract you from the task at hand. So you may need to turn off the radio or disconnect from the internet at work so you can focus more. At home you may need to turn off the TV while you make dinner or pay the bills. To make it easier, schedule specific time for these time wasters at the end of the day. When you finish a task, you can reward yourself by watching your favorite TV show or surfing the web for a half hour. Just be sure to set a time limit on your reward and indulge in the reward only after you have finished your task.

3.. Set a timer if you are worried about getting carried away. Ten minutes does not seem like much, but when you add these increments of time together a lot gets done. (here is timer I love).


* Be specific and clear in your requests. Being vague about what you need or want might save you time now, but it will cost you a lot more time in the future when you need to explain yourself or when misunderstandings lead to mistakes. Take a few extra minutes the first time to be precise with what you are communicating. If possible, type up your request and keep a copy for yourself so you can easily refer to it in the future if there are questions or problems. That way you don’t forget what you wanted.

* For more time management tips refer to my book: Organize Now! Your Money, Business & Career: A Week-by-Week Guide to Reach Your Goals.

Happy Organizing

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Hi there! I am Jennifer Ford Berry or some people like to call me "Life's Organization Expert". I am super passionate about helping people get organized and stay that way! I have written a series of books called Organize Now! I contribute my organizing tips to National magazines, radio and TV shows. I am here to help you realize that your life is not about stuff...it is about living! YOU can live an organized, healthy and exciting life one baby step at a time. Let me show you how!

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6 replies
  1. Debbie Rodrigues
    Debbie Rodrigues says:

    Jennifer, I am a fan of your books and blogs. I just posted a shout out blog and I mentioned this one of you. I used the original picture and added a link to here. I hope it is OK with you.

  2. Swetha
    Swetha says:

    Time management has always been a hot topic and I had been working on lot of techniques to get my time managed perfectly. One such technique is making a priority list every night for the next day so that I can work on the main tasks initially and then go to my regular tasks later.

    This technique actually help me finish most important must-do tasks early in the day, but this is possible only with these additional tools. These tools are Replicon and Google Calender.

  3. Jo Joggler
    Jo Joggler says:

    thanks for the article.

    One of the challenges I observed was that lot of things I need to get done or need remembering tend to be buried in my emails or pop in my head at random points but transferring them from email or my head into a calendar appointment or to-do-list is just too tedious today.

    It occurred to me that is why busy (and rich) people hire personal assistants that they can just “tell” what they need to get done.

    That led me to ask the question – why can’t everyone get a free personal assistant that they can email (or forward/CC existing emails) or text to and it will get on my calendar or task list?

    As a result, we have created a service: https://www.joggleme.com to do exactly that. It gives you a free personal assistant that you can send or forward emails, include on emails, send text messages and it helps you manage your life for you easily.

    Please check it out and give us feedback.

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