Your Most Precious Resource – Time

ETMLook around your house or your business. Look at all your stuff. How valuable is it? Add up all the assets you own? How valuable is it all?

The most valuable asset you have is not any of that stuff or all of that stuff added together. The most valuable asset you have is your time. Each of us is given the same amount of time each day – 24 hours. The richest people, the most successful people, the most influential people – all have the same 24 hours a day that you and I have. You can trade, sell, buy and create things – you cannot buy or create time.

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We All Have the Same Amount of Time

Leonardo da Vinci, Oprah Winfrey, Andrew Carnegie, Bill Gates, Abraham Lincoln… they all have or had the same amount of time each day as you do. They all had 24 hours a day – which is exactly what you have.

We do not know how many days we have on this earth. We only know that it is a fixed number. We all have a limited amount of time in a day, in a week and in a life time to do what we want to do, to accomplish what we want to accomplish.

You cannot buy, steal, borrow or create more time. We are all given the same amount of time each day for however many days we will have on this earth. It is therefore vital that we learn to use that time and manage that time as effectively as we can.

So it is no longer an excuse to say we do not have enough time. We all have the same amount of time. It is not about how much time you have – it is about how you use it. How you use your time is controlled entirely by how you manage it.

Effective Time Management

It is more important to manage your time effectively than to simply manage your time. You can create the most detailed schedule of how you use your time. You can manage it hour by hour or minute by minute, but if you are using that time effectively all that management of your time is meaningless.

By effective I mean that your time must be organized so that you are most productive. Productive does not necessarily mean the use of time that will produce the most income, wealth or money. It can mean that. Being productive to earn more is a part of good time management. But it is not all there is.

Effective Time Management means organizing how you use your time so as to meet all your needs in a balanced life. It means organizing time to eat a proper diet, get enough sleep, further your education, nurture your relationships, do your job, be creative, get sufficient recreation to recharge your batteries and meet your spiritual needs.

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Time management is certainly in part about how you organize your day, week and month. It is about schedules and appointments. But all that time organization is merely a set of tools to help you effectively manage time to get the most out of life.

The first step to gaining control over your time is understanding these immutable laws about your time:

  1. Time is limited. You cannot gain more time or lose it.
  1. We all have the same amount of time in a given day, week or month.
  1. The most successful people, including the super-achievers of this world, have no more or less time than you do. The secret to their use of time is how they manage it so that they can achieve the most in the given time.

The Good News

Everyone can benefit from these lessons. It does not matter how old you are. It does not matter what you do. You could be a full time parent. You may work from home. You may work a traditional job. You may be an independent contractor. You may be a student.  You may be retired.

No matter what you do you can accomplish more and have a richer life if you effectively manage your time.

Do you have enough time to get everything done you want to do? Would you like to get more done in less time? Get my free Effective Time Management (ETM) lessons. Learn how to take control of your time and achieve more. Get these free lessons here.

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.
www.danielrmurphy.com

Your Most Important Task

12 Habits That Take You To The Next Level

Deciding what to do first can be a head-scratcher. You usually always have a number of tasks to do but it may not always be clear which one you should do first. In his posts on the right habits to cultivate Tomas Laurinavicius suggest you identify your most important task. He says:

“Most of the time I’d just write a to-do list of some random tasks I want to do that day and my over optimistic to-do list would go unfinished every day. Now, I am focusing on one major task, the most important task (MIT) of the day that will help me achieve my vision and contribute the most to the future I want to build. I wrote a piece on Forbes about decision fatigue and its consequences which are all about making a limited amount of decisions every day and consuming a certain amount of willpower for each and every decision.

Defining and focusing on my most important task helps me get the most vital task done and move closer to my main goal, if I still have energy left for other tasks, I’d work on secondary and tertiary importance level tasks to run errands, ensure the cash flow and work on improvements for my business and life”.

The challenge is how to determine what is most important. Sometimes it is what is most urgent unless something less urgent is inherently more important. To sort that out I use a matrix first suggested by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. It was later made famous in Stephen Covey’s book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.

eisenhower-urgent-important-500pxUsing this matrix you sort through what is most urgent and most important using the criteria set out in the box. Although some less important but urgent things must be done first you try to do what is most important first and resist being driven only by what appears urgent.

To do this you first do what is in the upper left box: that which is both most urgent and most important, followed by the box at the upper right and then lower left. The least important tasks fall in the lower left box and if done at all they are done last.

Use this matrix every day to sort your tasks and do what is most important and you will achieve more.

You do not have to be brilliant or extraordinary to achieve more. Most people who achieve at higher levels are not smarter than you are and do not have more innate talent than you do. It is now about their abilities; it is about how they use their ability to do more. This series is about just how to do that. It is about how to develop 12 key habits that will enhance your level of achievement on all levels.

This is the 8th of 12 posts on how the right habits can transform your performance to the next level. We are all at some level in terms of what we achieve. For many that level is far less than it could be. Given the right habits we can all achieve more, do more and succeed at levels we may now only imagine.

This series is inspired by the writing of Tomas Laurinavicius, a blogger and designer from Lithuania. His ideas are not new or revolutionary. They capture some basic ideas about habits that will take you to the next level of achievement.

You read the rest of Tomas’ article here.

Learn how you can achieve more and realize your goals in my book, The Success Essentials.

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.
www.danielrmurphy.com

5 Most Important Time Management Tips

TimeStacey Soble recently posted in Salontoday.com 15 Tips to Help Stressed Out Professionals to Better Manage Their Time.  You do not have to be stressed out or a professional to need to manage your time most effectively. For neither all of us there is not enough time and too much to do. The list is from the book Wait a Hot Minute! How to Manage Your Life with the Minutes You Have by Jackie Gaines (Fire Starter Publishing, 2016, ISBN: 978-1-6221805-4-7, $28.00).

I have reduced the list of 15 to the 5 most important. They are most important because they provide the greatest leverage in managing your time and they are the most challenging to practice every day.

Get Enough Sleep

Without enough sleep you cannot be productive and you definitely cannot be on top of your game. Lack of sleep slows you down, slows your thinking and saps creativity. If you want to improve your productivity and your best use of time make adequate sleep a top priority.

Manage Your Email; Don’t Let It Manage You

This is a tricky one. It depends on how you use email. For example I use email throughout my work day and I cannot turn if off for long. The nature of my work is such that people need answers from me or action from me throughout the day for a large number of different things.

Gaines says to turn your email off during productive time and in general I agree – the more you can ignore email the more you will get done. But if you need to keep in touch with people who need your response quickly you may not have the luxury of turning it off for long periods of time.

If you can turn it off do it. But if you cannot learn to manage it. You do not need to respond to or even completely read every email as it pops into your in box. Develop a strategy to prioritize emails – only respond immediately to the most important, leave the less important and less urgent to a block of time when you can clean up the in box and clear them out. It is a better use of time.

Learn to Say No and Mean It

This is a very hard one for many people including me. I like to serve others. I like to help. I like to stay on top of things. For those that think that way saying no can be difficult but it is crucial to learn to do it.

If you do not learn to say no and mean it you will be pulled in a 1000 different directions and lose control over your own time. Again, it is a matter of prioritizing and only say yes to what is important and what is consistent with your goals.

Set Achievable Goals Each Day

Everyone knows it is important to set goals but not everyone sets them each day. One powerful way to do that is to begin each day going over your task list and appointments and then identifying the 3 most important things you need to achieve that day. That is your goal list for that day.

Stick to it.

Listen Well

Listening well is crucial to saving time. You want to gather information efficiently. You do not want to waste time listening over and over to messages or to what others are telling you. If you listen well you save time. By all means make sure you completely understand what others are telling you – but do not listen half way and then miss out on what may be important.

If you can master these 5 time-management skills and really apply them each day you will have greater control over your time and get more done in less time. Hone these skills and you will master your time and efforts.
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Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.
www.danielrmurphy.com

Tiger by the Tail

Managing Your Time Effectively

ETMIs managing your time rather like grabbing the tiger by the tail? Does there never seem to be enough time to get it all done? Do you miss deadlines, feel pressured, or just plain do not know if you are using your time in the best way?

I looked for research on this question – how people feel about how they use their time – and I did not find any. There is a ton of literature out there on how to best use your time, manage your time and manage your energy.

Despite not finding a study on this I can tell you from hundreds of conversations I’ve had with people in all walks of life that time management is a problem for many people. Most of us have a lot of obligations: a job, a family, friends, social responsibilities, taking care of a home… the list just goes on. Some people feel absolutely buried in tasks and duties and have no idea how to fit it all in.

Priorities

The truth for many if not most people is that you cannot fit it all in if you try to. That is what many of us do. We try to do it all. We try to be everything to everyone in our lives: parent, mentor, helper, spouse, employee, leader, active in our community, and so on. If we are lucky we may find a bit of time to squeeze in some exercise and healthy eating. Some even get enough sleep.

The average person I talk with does not feel they can fit it all in. Unfortunately what they often sacrifice are important things like their health.

The bottom line is that most of us cannot fit in everything that everyone else in our life wants us to do and everything we want to do along with everything we believe we “have” to do. This inability to get it all done creates stress and unhappiness.

The solution to this is to prioritize. People often shrink from that word. They do not want to confront everything they have to do or want to do and make hard decisions about what to say yes to and what to say no to. Yet the only sane way to manage your time and your work is to prioritize.

Want To

A couple months ago I saw that the local theater group was seeking people to try out for a play. It was a play (The Odd Couple) that I acted in during high school. I had a blast doing that play and I thought how fun it would be to do it again 42 years later.

I spent about 6 hours doing try-outs for the play. Then we were told that the “call backs” would be posted on the theater door the next day.

I walked over to the theater during my lunch break with real mixed feelings. I did want to be in the play and I knew I’d enjoy it. I also knew it would require evening rehearsals from 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM four days a week for eight weeks followed by four weeks of performances. I knew it would be exhausting. And I knew that there were not enough things in my life that I could let go of or wanted to let go of to do this. I wished very much that my name would not be on that list.

I walked up to the door and my name was not on the list. At first it was disappointing. But soon it was mostly a feeling of great relief. I’d jumped into this project without adequately looking at my priorities and determining if this was what I really had time for and really wanted to do right now.

This experience was a great reminder for me to remain mindful at all times of my goals and my priorities and to organize my time in accordance. It means saying no to things I might like to do, and might one day do when I have time, such as be in a play. It means saying no to the many things others ask of us.

It is hard to do this. It is hard to say no to our own desires and to others. But it is essential if we want to manage our time and our energy and avoid undue stress. If we want to do the important things in our life and do them well there is not time to do a lot of additional things.

Tiger’s Tail

Taking on this major new project, being in a play, was truly grabbing the tiger’s tail. And we can well imagine what will happen if we do grab a tiger by the tail – and it will not be pretty.

We need to set limits on what we obligation ourselves to and what we ask of ourselves. Let’s get the important things done first. If there is time left over to do new things that is great, but make sure you have the time and the energy before taking something new on, whether it is something you think you want to do or something someone else wants you to do.

Learn how to manage your time to achieve more of what you want to do in my book, Effective Time Management. Get free lessons on how to use your time more effectively with my Effective Time Management Lessons.

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.
www.danielrmurphy.com

12 Habits That Take You to The Next Level

Part 2 - Power of Lists

great_idea2We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. — Aristotle

This is the second of 12 posts on how the right habits can transform your performance to the next level. We are all at some level in terms of what we achieve. For many that level is far less than it could be. Given the right habits we can all achieve more, do more and succeed at levels we may now only imagine.

Get free lessons on how to use your time more effectively with my Effective Time Management Lessons.

This series is inspired by the writing of Tomas Laurinavicius, a blogger and designer from Lithuania. His ideas are not new or revolutionary. They capture some basic ideas about habits that will take you to the next level of achievement.

The Power of Lists

Most people make them. The grocery list. The Christmas gift list. This simple little tool, a list, can help you organize your life and get the important things done.  Lists free your mind from having to remember what you have to do or when you have to do it. This allows you to focus on more important things.

How to Create and Use a List

You can use whatever tool you find most comfortable or user friendly. You can use paper and pencil, or a word processor such as MS Word, or special software designed for list making. I suggest to start out keep it simple. Use paper or a word processor to make your list. There are several advantages to using a word processor: it allows you to easily prioritize the list, reorder it and add and delete from it.

Write down a list of what you need to do and want to do. Add tasks as they develop. Use a system to prioritize the list. There are many but the simplest is the ABC system. Put an A alongside the most important or urgent items, a B alongside the next important, etc. Then you can number the tasks within each priority category by how important each task is. Example:

A 1 Write letter
A 2 Return call from Bob
B 1 Get printer ink
B 2 Call friend
C 1 Make reservation for next Tuesday

As you add tasks insert them based on priority. Then as you do the tasks follow the priority and check them off when they are done.

How Many Lists?

Some people use just one list with all their personal and work related tasks. Other people have separate lists for different types of tasks. There are advantages to both but when you can it is best to have a single list to prioritize everything you need to do in one place. You will miss things less that way.

Start out with one list with all your tasks on it. Over time if you find an advantage to having 2 or 3 lists you can do that but limit the number. If you have too many lists floating about you will lose focus and miss things that need to get done.

If you have not used lists this way try it out for a couple weeks. You will find you are more organized and you get the important things done when they need to be done.
Learn how to manage your time to achieve more of what you want to do in my book, Effective Time Management. Get free lessons on how to use your time more effectively with my Effective Time Management Lessons.

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.
www.danielrmurphy.com

How to Master Email and Other Interruptions

TimeUnless you do not have email and other modern technologies you face interruptions daily from them. Modern digital communication systems including email and social media are designed to grab your attention all day long. This is especially true if you have notifications activated on your smart phone or if your email plays some annoying alarm each time an email pops into your inbox.

If you are too young to remember a world without these constant interruptions you may not know what is like to work without them. If you remember the world before email and the internet you should know well what it was like to focus on something without the interruptions.


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Urgent vs. Non Urgent

There are situations where you need to be aware of IMs (instant messages) or emails coming in because your job requires rapid responses. Many work environments however do not require such vigilance. Let’s look at the latter situation first.

Not Urgent

In many work places (and at home) emails and IMs are not urgent. They are more like the old fashioned letter. Immediate response is not needed. If most of your emails fall into this category you are in luck. You can turn off the notifications both on your phone and on your computer. You can develop the habit of checking your email once, or twice or maybe three times a day and responding only to those that need a response today.

The beauty of this is that your focus is not disrupted. You can concentrate on your work. You can get so much more done if you have uninterrupted time to focus on it.

If you have this luxury of not having to see emails when they arrive then turn off the notifications, even turn off the phone, and get the work done. You will be amazed and pleased with how much more you can get done without those interruptions.

Email’s Culture of Immediacy

Unfortunately email and instant messaging has created a culture of immediacy. It has conditioned us to respond to messages immediately.

I routinely get a non-urgent email at 10:00 in the morning and if I do not respond I get another one at 1:00 PM asking if I got the email earlier that morning. It is like people cannot wait. Patience is a virtue in very short supply. If it is not truly urgent why must we respond immediately?

I suggest there are two reasons: because we have formed the habit of having to be in touch all the time and we get a little buzz off those messages coming in and going out. The other reason is that because email is so fast it is conditioning us to keep at it and respond immediately.

In fact we do not have to. Unless you operate in a system where urgent emails must be responded to quickly you can leave the to later in the day. Over time people will adjust. They will learn that you do not respond immediately like one of Pavlov’s dogs.

It also means you must change your habit. You need to disconnect. You need to give up the rush you get from those emails. It can be done. It just takes some self discipline and some practice.

If something truly is urgent there is still a telephone that people can use. It is a better tool than email anyway for something truly important and urgent. They can call you.

Urgent

If you work in an environment where IMs and emails are routinely used to notify you of genuinely urgent action items, then you may not be able to turn it off. In that case you need to become ruthless about triage.

Triage was first developed in medicine – it is used in emergency rooms and combat hospitals to give the most attention to the cases that need it most and need it fast. The bullet wound takes priority over the hangnail.

You can do the same with your email. Look at incoming emails with some scrutiny. Even when our jobs use emails for urgent notification most emails truly are not urgent. They are ads, general announcements, personal messages, etc. They can wait and you should ignore then until a time when you can devote yourself to cleaning up the in box.

Only the genuinely urgent items require our immediate attention. Those you can answer immediately. Then you ignore the rest and get back to work.

Using email and IM systems can make you more productive. Allowing them to interrupt you continuously and control your attention defeats productivity.

Take control of your time and your attention. Don’t allow emails to run your day. Turn them off when you can, and if you really cannot turn them off then triage them and do so rather brutally – ignore them all unless they are truly important and urgent.

You will get more done and get it done in a better way. Try it. It is a less stressful and more productive way to work.

Learn how to manage your time to achieve more of what you want to do in my book, Effective Time Management. Get free lessons on how to use your time more effectively with my Effective Time Management Lessons.

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.
www.danielrmurphy.com

12 Habits That Take You To The Next Level

Part 1 - Getting Up Early

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. — Aristotle

Amazing Tenerife SunsetThis is the first of 12 posts on how the right habits can transform your performance to the next level. We are all at some level in terms of what we achieve. For many that level is far less than it could be. Given the right habits we can all achieve more, do more and succeed at levels we may now only imagine.


Get free lessons on how to use your time more effectively with my Effective Time Management Lessons.


You do not have to be brilliant or extraordinary to achieve more. Most people who achieve at higher levels are not smarter than you are and do not have more innate talent than you do. It is now about their abilities; it is about how they use their ability to do more. This series is about just how to do that. It is about how to develop 12 key habits that will enhance your level of achievement on all levels.

This series is inspired by the writing of Tomas Laurinavicius, a blogger and designer from Lithuania. His ideas are not new or revolutionary. They capture some basic ideas about habits that will take you to the next level of achievement.

Getting Up Early

I know, for many people are not naturally “morning people” this idea is daunting. Most people love to sleep in. They love to lie in bed and hit that snooze button. I certainly do not suggest that sleeping in now and then, as on a weekend morning, is a bad thing. But when you try getting up earlier you will find you have time to do so many things you now think you just do not have time to do.

Getting up early is the foundation for the rest of the habits we will discuss in this series because only by making more time for yourself to practice better habits will you do them.

Yes, I know that there are and have been extraordinary people who have accomplished extraordinary things who never rise before 9 AM. But they are rare. They achieve this by not doing a lot of other things that we want to do or have to do.

If your day is full of the “normal” demands from family and work that fill most of our days it is nearly impossible to find time in the day to do more. The only way to find that time is to make it – to go to bed a bit earlier than we may be now and to get up earlier before others are making demands on our time to do the things we want and need to do to improve ourselves and achieve more.

Early Time – My Time

I call this time you make early in the morning “early time”. It is a gift you give yourself. It may be an hour or two, but multiple that by even just 5 days a week and you have 5-10 hours a week to do things you think now you do not have time to do.

Exercise, reading, learning, meditation, writing – whatever it may be that you think you do not have time to do now you will have time to do in your early time.

One reason you will have that time is that you will be fresh from a good night’s sleep, not tired as you are during the couple hours before bed. Your mind will be sharper and you will have more energy. Maybe most important you will have less distractions – others will not be making demands on you at 5:00 AM or 6:00 AM like they will the rest of the day. This is your time to spend as you wish.

Incremental Change is Easier

If you do not rise early now and the idea is daunting, try moving toward it in increments. This is much easier. Say you get up now at 7:00 AM. Tomorrow go to bed 10 minutes earlier and then the next morning get up just 10 minutes earlier, at 6:50 AM. About once a week subtract another 10 minutes. In a month you will be getting up at 6AM and in a couple months it will be 5AM. You will acclimate to it especially once you see all its advantages.

You can read an inspiring story by Philip Castro Matos about how he did this.

As Matos observes it is important to still get enough sleep and to remove barriers to your new sleep schedule.

Spend a little time planning how you will use this extra time. It may be to get exercise, prepare a healthy breakfast, read, answer email, or write. It all depends on what you want to use it for.

Once you grow accustomed to this early time for yourself you will guard it. You will resist temptations to stay up too late or to sleep in.

No More Snooze Button

Of course this is not going to work if you use the snooze button. My alarm clock is on my dresser some distance from the bed forcing me to get up to turn it off. If it does go off I have to get up. I do not have to turn it off any more except on rare occasions. Once you get used to your new get-up time you will awake naturally. For me it is 5 AM.

After you’ve seen a few sunrises and experienced the fresh air of early morning, the silence and the birdsong of that time you will never want to miss that again either. It is as Matos says, a new way of seeing the world.

So, try getting up a bit earlier each day to achieve more. You will be amazed how much you can accomplish with an hour or two of early time for yourself.

Learn how to manage your time to achieve more of what you want to do in my book, Effective Time Management. Get free lessons on how to use your time more effectively with my Effective Time Management Lessons.

Questions? Comments? I would love to hear from you. Feel free to post your comments or questions below or if you want to contact me privately you can do that here: CONTACT ME HERE.

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.
www.danielrmurphy.com

8 Things Successful People Do Not Do

stock-photo-49289624-walking-business-peopleAre you busy?

Do you want to achieve something?

Cynthia Bazin identifies 8 things successful people should not do because they can sabotage success, especially when time is limited. She discusses those 8 things in her post to the Success Blog. Essentially these are about what you control. The more control you have over what you do the more you can achieve.

  1. Over Use of Social Media

Facebook, Twitter, all of them, they suck time. If you are constantly checking them all day long or responding to notifications you will waste a huge amount of time and so fragment your productive time as to make it useless.

It is not necessary to abandon social media, it is essential to control it and not let it control you. The first thing to do is to turn off notifications. You decide when to look at it, do not let it decide when you look at it. Second thing you do is set a limited amount of time each day to look at social media. If you have to set an alarm.

  1. Not Having a Plan for Your Day

Bazin writes, “Successful people have a purpose, a laser-focused plan of things they want to achieve on a particular day. I believe in writing things down—but only the top two or three priorities I need to accomplish that day, not a long list of things.”

Keep a To-Do list and follow it. Plan your day the night before or in the morning first thing. If you plan it you control it.

  1. Doing What Emotionally Drains You

Successful people avoid things that will emotionally drain them. You need to know what does emotionally drain you and avoid those things. When asked to do them decline. It will be different for everyone. If you have to do emotionally draining things at times try to limit them.

  1. Worry About What You Cannot Control

This can be easier said then done but it is important. Successful people learn not to spend time and energy worrying about things they cannot change. When those thoughts come up you need to refocus on what you can influence.

  1. Associate with Negative People

Negative people can be toxic. They can suck your energy away and depress you. Avoid the complainers and the negative people. Surround yourself with positive people. We are all affected by those around us. Take some control.

  1. Dwell on Past Mistakes

Everyone makes mistakes. When you make them learn from them. Analyze what went wrong and avoid repeating it. Then let it go. You cannot change the past (See #4) so there is no point dwelling on it. Refocus on the future where you can influence what you do.

  1. Focus on What Others Are Doing

It is OK to be inspired by what others do. It can be OK to occasionally observe others to see how they do what they do. But do not let that consume your time and energy. Focus on what you need to do.

  1. Put Yourself Last in Priority

This is about taking care of yourself. You cannot serve others if you do not get enough rest, eat right, get exercise, etc. You need to meet your own needs before you can help others. You need to meet your own needs if you want to be successful. It is not about being selfish, it is about being pragmatic.

Avoid these common mistakes that suck your time and your energy and take away your control over your own life and you enable yourself to do so much more.

Read all of Bazin’s article here.

Learn how you can achieve more and realize your goals in my book, The Success Essentials.

Questions? Comments? I would love to hear from you. Feel free to post your comments or questions below or if you want to contact me privately you can do that here: CONTACT ME HERE.

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.
www.danielrmurphy.com

Can You Get More Time?

TimeHow much time do you have? You have the exact same amount of time as everyone else does: 24 hours a day.

You cannot get more time. It is fixed. It is the same for us all. You cannot buy more, steal more, make more.

Warren Buffett has the same 24 hours a day that you do. He has used it to make billions of dollars.

Steve Jobs had the same 24 hours a day that you do. He built Apple into the most successful multi-billion dollar computer business in the world with his 24 hours a day.

Oprah Winfrey has the same 24 hours a day you have. She uses her 24 hours a day to become the most successful woman in media.

The list is endless. Everyone who has accomplished anything, no matter how small or how large, did it in the same 24 hours a day that you and I have.

Effective Time Management

It is not about how much time you have. It is about how you use your time. How you use your time is the result of how you manage your time. Here are the key tips on how to manage your time most effectively to accomplish the most with what you have: 24 hours a day.

  1. Make a plan: decide how you will use your time by planning your activities for every hour, every day and every week. Then follow that plan as closely as you can.
  2. Schedule your most important tasks first: get what Stephen Covey called the big rocks into your schedule first to make sure they get done. The big rocks are the important things you need to do to achieve your goals.
  3. Avoid distractions: the world is full of millions of distractions today from the email popping up on your computer to the calls on your phone. You must manage them. You must know when to turn them off to get important work done.
  4. Learn to say no: learn what to say no to in order to say yes to what is important. All kinds people in your life will try to manage your time to serve their interests rather than yours. You have to be able to say no to the things that are not important or do not serve your needs.
  5. Create goals and pursue them: if you do not decide what is important for you others will. Goals are the way to focus your energy and time on what is important for you.
  6. Use good time management tools: use calendars, planners and software to manage your time most effectively for you. You have to spend some time planning and managing your time to get the most out of it. Otherwise you will end up wasting precious time.
  7. Use your time for the greatest return: learn what efforts on your part provide the best return on your use of time. Whether it is spending time with your child or managing your finances, how you use your time will give back or not. Remember the 20/80 rule – 20% of your efforts will give you 80% benefits. Learn what activity gives back the most.
  8. Learn how to use your time most effectively: study good books and other resources on how to use your time most effectively and then implement those ideas.
  9. Take care of yourself: you do not know how long you will live but it is safe to say that the better care you take of yourself the longer you may live and the better quality of life you will have. Get enough sleep, healthy food, exercise and relaxation to maintain good health.
  10. Pay attention: keep an eye on how you spend your time and make sure it is most effective. No one else will do that for you.

Your time is so precious. It is also limited. Once it passes it is lost forever. Make the best use of it. Spend it on what is important. Avoid wasting it. Avoid letting others waste it.

Manage your time wisely and effectively and you will achieve more with your 24 hours and you may well be a happier person as well.

Learn how to manage your time to achieve more of what you want to do in my book, Effective Time Management. Get free lessons on how to use your time more effectively with my Effective Time Management Lessons.

Questions? Comments? I would love to hear from you. Feel free to post your comments or questions below or if you want to contact me privately you can do that here: http://danielrmurphy.com/contact-me/

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.
www.danielrmurphy.com

5 Ways to Really Save Time

TimeYou cannot make more time, it’s just not possible. But you can make better use of the time you have. In a recent post to TheStir.cafemom.com Stephanie Booth identified 5 critical time wasters and how to defeat them. Though aimed at mothers this advice is golden for all of us.

“You might THINK you want to win the lottery, but know what would make you even happier? To have more time.

Researchers at the University of British Columbia recently asked 4,600 people if they’d rather have more time or more money. While the responses were nearly even, researchers found that people who placed more value on their time were happier.” Read all the post here.

Attitude Adjustment: Do Not Criticize Free Time

How often have you had just a few minutes to spare and thought “darn, I only have a few minutes until my next appointment…”. When you see those small periods of time in a negative way you often waste them. You lose them. Instead see them as a blessing.

You can use those small amount of free time between obligations to do many useful things. You can relax, you can think, you can review your schedule and make plans, you can stretch or do some small exercises, you can smile and refocus on what is important to you.

Make Checklists:

You cannot remember everything you have to do or when it has to be done. You cannot always remember all your appointments. You must write these things down. Keeping one or more checklists is an easy way to do it. If you like paper use paper. If you like using your smartphone they have many excellent apps for lists.

When you put something on the checklist list it by priority. It may be by how important it is to get done first. It may be based on when it is due if there is a deadline. It is not enough just to make a list and start checking things off. Use your list to prioritize your activity so the important things get done first. That way you won’t waste time doing a low priority task and find not enough time left to do the important stuff.

Get Control of Your Phone and Other Devices:

Smartphones, tablets and computers are great devices and used correctly they can save you time. If you do not control them however they can waste time – lots of time.

Turn off notifications so they do not interrupt you. Shut down email programs when you are working on something important. When you are working on something really important and not using a device you may just turn it off.

As Booth observes multi-tasking is a myth. We do not do many things well if we try to do them at the same time. Learn focus. One thing at a time and done well.

Group Similar Tasks Together:

By grouping similar tasks together you can often get them done more quickly. Return several phone calls at one time. Run errands in one trip rather than making multiple trips. Answer all your email at one time. If you can group appointments that are physically close together.

Run Effective Meetings:

If you are running a meeting plan it well in advance. Create a good agenda and stick to it. Start on time and stop on time. End the meeting with an action list. Meetings can suck lots of time if they are poorly organized. If you are not running the meeting urge the person who is to do these things.

Perhaps most importantly if a meeting is not really necessary cancel it. I’ve cancelled hundreds of meetings and have never had a complaint yet.

If you follow these 5 time saving tips you will be more productive and avoid a lot of wasted time.

Learn how to manage your time to achieve more of what you want to do in my book, Effective Time Management. Get free lessons on how to use your time more effectively with my Effective Time Management Lessons.

Questions? Comments? I would love to hear from you. Feel free to post your comments or questions below or if you want to contact me privately you can do that here: http://danielrmurphy.com/contact-me/

Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.
www.danielrmurphy.com