Managing the Minutes

When I discuss effective time management I usually start out discussing the fact that we all have the same 24 hours in a day to accomplish what we are going to accomplish. It is a fact and a good introduction into how important truly effective time management is. The only problem with is the use of hours. Hours are a very long unit of time and a difficult one to completely manage.

As Chris Gaborit points out in a recent post on the Fast Company blog, the most effective management of time is management of the minutes. Chris writes:

“Who could have been busier than the chairman of Virgin, the President of the United States, or the CEO of Apple?

You have the same 1,440 minutes every day as the busiest people in the world. So, what do they do differently than you, what can you learn from them, and how can you improve your time management?


Richard Branson, founder and chairman of the Virgin Group, is successful with his time because he manages every minute of his time every day, even his exercise. Here are just a few ways he’s said he manages his time:

I learned to delegate from a young age. Actually removing myself from the office has helped me look for the next big venture. I try to exercise every day—whether it is a swim, a game of tennis or a kite-surf when on Necker island. Manage the BlackBerry, don’t let it manage you. The key is to do it in bursts and not to let it dominate your day. Speak to people—I do get a lot of emails every day and try to answer as many as I can; but I also believe that you need to speak to people. It can save you and them a lot of time. And write it down—I carry notebooks wherever I go to jot down thoughts and notes. You can’t beat pen and paper….”

So what can you learn about effectively and efficiently using your time from Richard Branson, former President Dwight D. Eisenhower and former Apple CEO Steve Jobs? Read the rest here and find out.

Wishing you well,

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