Most Time Management Is Rubbish. Here Are Ten Things That Work for Me.
Over the last few years, I’ve read a ton of time management books and tried out literally hundreds of systems and standalone ideas for maximizing the effectiveness of my time, particularly in terms of my work. There’s a huge, direct benefit for me when I find a productivity tip that really works. It enables me to get more work done in the same amount of time (allowing me to “grow” The Simple Dollar by writing in more venues or doing other things) or get the same amount of work done in less time (allowing me to spend more time with my family). Here’s the problem with productivity tips, though. Most of them don’t work. Some are simply inefficient. I’ve tried many, many productivity ideas, yet I keep coming back to the same handful in the end. 1. I also wind up investing the same amount of time – or even more – when I multitask. In the end, I’m left with tasks done in a mediocre fashion and, quite often, no time saved at all. Here’s the way to solve it: focus on only one task at a time. 2.