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Time Management Tricks

Posted by medliorator on December 24, 2007

By Marci Alboher

1. Tame the e-mail beast. You never hear anyone say they spent the whole day taking care of voice mail, and e-mail shouldn’t control you in that way either… I adopted a system. Mine is a combination of lessons from David Allen (touch each piece only once and dispose of it) and Tim Ferriss (check at designated times of the day). But the thing that really trained me was watching the video below of a talk given by Merlin Mann, the founder of the 43 Folders blog… If you don’t have time for the video, check in the InboxZero series on 43Folders.

 

3. Put up boundaries. The array of ways we can connect with each other can make us want to hide in a cave to get any work done. On deadline days, I put up an electronic version of the “do not disturb” sign, both for myself and others. No logging into Facebook, …no outgoing e-mail (the less you send, the less you’ll get), and no phone calls until I’m finished.

 

4. Find your rhythm and schedule around it. Observe your schedule and notice the patterns you follow on your productive days. Then build a schedule around those patterns.

 

5. Say no. …you need to recognize when it’s time to focus on one area and decelerate in others.

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