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Six Steps To Great Time Management

I’m reading The Ultimate Sales Machine, by Chet Holmes. In it he lists The Six Steps To Great Time Management and I want to share those steps with you.

1.Touch it Once

If you touch it, take action. Don’t open that email or letter until you are ready to deal with it. It may help if you institute a company policy that insists on a descriptive subject line for all email.

2. Make Lists

If you don’t keep lists you are a reactive person. Lists help you stay focused on high priorities and highly productive matters. Your list of items you want to accomplish in a day should not have more than six items on it. Then you must focus on getting those six things accomplished during the day no matter what.

3. Plan How Much Time You Will Allocate to Each Task

Do not think about when you will do each task yet. Just determine how much time you will need to dedicate to each task to get it completed.

4, Plan the Day

Now that you have allocated time to each task, you need to plan the day. This is not a general guide to how your day might unfold. It must be specific and have a time slot for absolutely everything.

5. Prioritize

See where your most difficult tasks are placed in your daily schedule. Place the most important task as the first item you plan to tackle that day.

6. Ask Yourself, “Will it Hurt Me to Throw This Away?”

Ask yourself this question and then THROW IT AWAY, DELETE IT, GET RID OF IT! Studies show that 80% of our storage is occupied by things we will never use or refer to again.

So, what do you think? Are these good ideas? Do you have other ideas you’re willing to share with us? Are you going to try to implement these six ideas? Let me know!

  1. June 4, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    These sound a lot like the “list” Mark MCCormack utilitzed in “What they don’t teach you at Harvard Business School”. They say great minds think alike…

    • Brad Friedman
      June 4, 2012 at 1:14 PM

      Interesting. I haven’t read that book, but will certainly take your word for it!

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