Successful Time Management for Dummies


Time is the only resource that people can’t borrow, buy, or barter. And time refuses to follow one of the main tenets of the law of supply and demand: the idea that when the demand goes up to a high level, the supply will increase to meet the demand. People may use different amounts of time to accomplish results, but everyone is endowed with the same amount of time each day: 86,400 seconds

Your ability to manage that time is really one of the top two causes of success or failure in your life. Investing greater amounts of time into a need, goal, objective, or even weakness can tip the balance of success in your favor. At numerous crossroads in life, I had to be willing to apply more time than my competitors to achieve a competitive advantage over them in the marketplace. I certainly didn’t take for granted that my mental power was far superior to that of my competitors. Rather, my willingness to invest more time in certain tasks or use my time more effectively equalized the playing field.

What You’re Not to Read

Personally, I think you should read every word of this book. I wrote it, after all! However, if you’re the bare-bones-info type, you can skip the sidebars that appear throughout the book. Those gray boxes contain interesting, often anecdotal information that’s related to the topic but not essential to understanding it.

How This Book Is Organized

I divided this book into six major parts to help you find what you need as quickly as possible. The content is organized so you can choose to read only the topics that interest you or the entire part. Here’s what you can find.

Beginning the Revolution: Simple Steps to Start With

Part I presents an overview of the most important matters to master in order to succeed in managing your time effectively. I begin by helping you grab back control in Chapter 1 and then help you establish and align your goals with your time in Chapter 2. In Chapter 3, I help you understand the value of your time down to the minute

Establishing a Good System

Anyone who is effective in time management has created a personalized time-management system. Even though the system is customized, it needs to follow many of the strategies and principles I present in this part. Chapter 4 delves into prioritization strategies and tools, taking you deep into the most important characteristics of a great time manager.

It also tells you how to time-block your way to greater success. In Chapter 5, I show you how to overcome the organizational challenges in your workspace and desktop while also taking the confusion out of technological organization in Chapter 6. I close out this part with Chapter 7, which presents ways to save your time and lower your frustration about being on the road — all from an expert traveler’s perspective.

Confronting Challenges to Time Management

No matter your time-management skill or strategy, challenges will always appear regularly, trying to throw you off track. I anticipate these challenges and share how to convey your message with power, precision, clarity, and brevity in Chapter 8. In Chapter 9, I attack the elephant in the room for most people

the interruptions during the course of the day. I gently coach you on lowering your level of procrastination in Chapter 10 so you can be positive about yourself, your skills, and your results. In Chapter 11, I guide you in how to make wiser, better, and faster decisions so you move yourself off the fence of indecision

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