A Reality Check on Time Management

By: David

After watching this video, How to Manage Time With 10 Tips That Work , on entrepreneur.com it drastically changed how I perceive time management now. In the beginning of the video, it states the difference between “clock time” and “real time” which really opened my eyes to why certain gadgets and books never work. The biggest point made in the video is that real time is a mental thing and is definitely manageable because as it says in the video, “anything you create, you can manage”.

The video suggests 10 different techniques that doesn’t polish “clock” time management, but rather it focuses on sharpening our “real” time management. Here are the 10 techniques according to the video:

  1. Carry a schedule to record your thoughts, conversations, and activities
  2. Any activity or conversation that’s important to your success should have a time assigned to it.
  3. Plan to spend at least 50 percent of your time engaged in the thoughts, activities, and conversations that produce most of your results.
  4. Schedule time for interruptions.
  5. Take the first 30 minutes of every day to plan your day.
  6. Take five minutes before every call and task to decide what result you want to attain.
  7. Put up a “Do not disturb” sign when you HAVE to get work done.
  8. Practice NOT answering your phone/texts and replying to e-mails.
  9. Block out other distractions like social media.
  10. Remember that it’s impossible to get everything done.

Of course, even with this list of tips it’s impossible to implement every single tip within a single day. It’ll take time to actually master the art of time management, “real” time management at least. With such a busy schedule this semester, I’ve vowed to myself that I’d improve my time management skills and was fortunate to run into this article/video. I will get back to you readers on how effective these tips actually are. Stick around and I shall update you all in the near future. Have a great semester and stay gold folks!

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