Books mentioned in the book:
- Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy
- Time Management From the Inside Out by Julie Morganstern
- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
- Organize Tomorrow Today by Dr. Jason Selk and Tom Bartow
- 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management by Kevin Kruse
- Master Your Time Master Your Life by Brian Tracy
- Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg
- How We Learn by Benedict Carey
- The One Minute Manager Meets the Monkey, by Ken Blanchard
- Good to Great by Jim Collins
- The Goal by Eliyahu Goldratt
- Triple Your Reading Speed by Wade E. Cutler
- 10 Days to Faster Reading by The Princeton Language Institute and Abby Marks-Beale
- Getting Things Done by David Allen
- The Power of Full Engagement by Tony Schwartz and Jim Loehr
- Spark by Dr. John Ratey
- The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Links shared in the book:
1. Know your goals & priorities
2. Know your key result areas at work (why you were hired)
These are your Key Result Areas (KRAs).
4. Apply the 80/20 rule
Pareto’s principle, also known as the 80/20 rule, says that 20% of our efforts result in 80% of our production.
8. Do what you enjoy and are talented at
Check out To Be Successful, Do What You Do Best.
9. Create a time map
10. Plan your month
11. Plan your week
12. Plan your day
13. Calendar your list
14. Schedule blocks of uninterrupted time
18. Delegate tasks
24. Use the ABCDE method for your task list
Brian Tracy recommends using the ABCDE Method to manage your task list.
26. Group, bulk, & batch similar tasks
27. Focus on one task at a time
Check out 12 Reasons to Stop Multitasking Now!
28. Focus on one task until it’s complete
29. Use the “Courtright Method”
In his podcast, Ken Courtright shared his method of managing his tasks.
30. “Don’t get good, get done”
Ken Courtright says this statement frequently in his podcasts.
32. Procrastinate on the right tasks
33. Set self-imposed deadlines
Parkinson’s law says that work expands to fill the time allowed it.
35. Stop idle-chat visitors
37. Stop or schedule “got a minute” meetings
Check out Time Management And Got A Minute Thieves.
38. Have set email and phone time
39. Turn off notifications
Check out Why You Should Turn OFF Your Notifications.
40. Use blocking apps
Some apps include:
41. Plan for interruptions
43. Listen to music
Studies have shown that music can help lift our mood, which increases our productivity. It can also help block out distractions in a noisy environment.
45. Follow the “touch it once” rule
50. Theme your days
51. Start your work hours by working
52. Be organized
Check out 10 Great Reasons You Should Be Organized.
55. Surround yourself with productive people
57. Use the Pomodoro Technique
With the Pomodoro Technique, you work in focused sprints with breaks in-between.
59. Learn to say “no”
61. Set buffer days
64. Use Pocket to read it later
Instead of interrupting the task you are working on, use an app like Pocket to save it for later.
65. Create a “stop doing” list
Jim Collins, author of Good to Great (among other books), suggests creating a stop doing list.
66. Always be learning and growing
A survey from 2003 said that 1/3 of high school graduates and 42% of college graduates did not read another book after graduating.
Have you ever heard of Peter’s Principle?
Remember, the average CEO reads at least 1 book a week.
67. Know (and fix) your bottlenecks and constraints
Find out whatever it is and fix it. For more information about the theory of constraints, see Eliyahu Goldratt’s book The Goal.
68. Be a selective reader
72. Automate what you can
Is there a way you can implement Zapier?
73. Avoid toxic, negative, and energy draining people
Reads Lifehack’s 10 reasons why you should avoid negative people.
74. Develop a sense of urgency
Brian Tracy in Eat That Frog! suggests that you develop a sense of urgency in your work.
75. Carry a notebook with you (or use an app)
Keep a notebook with you to record tasks, ideas, and other notes as they come to you.
76. Use the Getting Things Done methodology
To learn more, read a detailed summary of the Getting Things Done methodology or buy the book.
79. Use the salami method (just do one small piece)
Brian Tracy in Eat That Frog! suggests using the salami method.
83. Avoid having unneeded meetings
In fact, Mark Cuban says he doesn’t do meetings unless he is picking up a check.
85. Have a “no meeting” day
92. Have standing meetings
The Journal of Applied Psychology reported that “sit-down meetings were 34% longer than stand-up meetings, but they produced no better decisions than stand-up meetings”.
93. Have daily huddles (even with your family)
Ken Courtright says that in their meetings each person mentions what they are working on…
95. Control and organize your email
For more information about inbox zero, read Entrepreneur’s article here.
96. Keep emails short and sweet
In fact, if it’s long, there is a good chance it won’t even be read.
98. Use acronyms and instructions in the subject line
99. Don’t CC or BC unless necessary
Here are some other suggestions related to this topic.
100. Unsubscribe from newsletters you don’t read
You can also use a service like Unroll.me.
101. Exercise in the morning
To learn more about the benefits of exercise, check out this article.
102. Get enough sleep and rest
103. Eat healthy
104. Know your energy peaks and lows
For more information, check out The Ideal Work Schedule, as Determined by Circadian Rhythms.
105. Know your energy boosters
106. Take one day off per week
Ken Courtright in his podcast says that we don’t rest from our work, we work from our rest.
107. Know what tasks drain you
108. Get accountability
109. Score and reward yourself
Jerry Seinfeld had a system that helped him write jokes every day.
112. Track your time
113. Make it habit
To explore more about forming habits, check out
114. Use positive self-talk
115. Act as if..
Act as if you are already great at managing your time, and the rest will start to follow.
116. Use time management apps
Here is a non-exhaustive list to get you started: