4 Tips to Use Time Well

1. Be effective vs. efficient

  • Doing right things is more important than doing things right.
  • Be effective with people and efficient with things.
  • Key is not how many or how busy you are but what you accomplish.

2. Use the longer view

  • Don’t give into shortcuts that have the potential to go awry.
  • Delay gratification if it’s necessary.
  • Reward yourself as you go.
  • Live in today but look toward tomorrow

3. Focus your energy (vs. scattering or being diffused)

  • The concentration of effort is the springboard to success.
  • Limit your distractions, diversions and time interruptions.
  • Do one task at a time until it’s done.
  • Focus on the vital few instead of the minutiae or trivial ‘many’.
  • Use to do lists and 80/20 Rule to prioritize (20% have greater value or impact than other 80%).
  • Write it down – clarity in writing is clarity in action.
  • Be vigilant in how you spend your time – don’t let others waste it, get the most from every moment, don’t be so much to everyone else that you have nothing for yourself.

4. Leverage your efforts

  • Produce vs. manage.
  • Know your value – delegate anything that produces less than your value.
  • Simplify – complicated things take energy, enthusiasm, strength, stamina and don’t confuse complexity with being successful (or busy with being productive).
  • Look for the opportunities are already present before searching for more.