The goal of this book is to provide tips, tools, ideas, and strategies that you can apply and see immediate, measurable improvement, both at work and at home. This book will help you use whatever system you’re currently using more effectively.
Many time management courses talk about the ability to change time and reality. That seems impractical. Instead of acting like the salmon and swimming against the current, go with the flow— but add structure and discipline.
This book is intended to get you to analyze your use of time and answer this question: Why are you doing what you’re doing when you’re doing it?
Follow these three steps:
- Keep track of your time (work and personal) for a week. It may surprise you to find out how much time tasks and activities take.
- Then, analyze your findings. Identify any activities that are unnecessary and eliminate them.
- Find or create times that you could block off for important tasks or activities that have a high payoff. Sometimes these tasks and activities get delayed because of things that are relatively less important or even unnecessary.
Once you keep track of your time for a week, you should see patterns in activities, tasks, interruptions, and unplanned events. Once you see those patterns, use the strategies discussed in this book to handle them more effectively.
The key is action. Pick two or three ideas or strategies at a time and work on them until they become a habit. Then pick two or three more and work on them until they become a habit. At the end of every week, ask yourself what you could do better next week. In addition, realize that there are two aspects to saving time:
- Improving your time management skills
- Training others so their time management skills don’t interfere with yours.
“This book is for anyone who would like to become more efficient, get more done in less time, and have balance in life.”