10 Best Time Management Tips
Prof. Paul, author of personal development courses
“My Traveling University” – If you noticed, it says "Professor" in front of my name. This means that I have several degrees, including I recently completed doctoral work, and it taught at several universities and colleges. In total I have about 12 years of education, but all this education pales in comparison to the learning library I have at home. In my home library I have in excess of 500 books on the topics of business, Psychology and personal development that I have read over the years. In a typical four-year degree a student will read 50 books, or approximately 12 books per year. At this rate, the additional 500 books I've read would equal another 40 years of education! Now that's impressive! How did I do it? Read the next section of this article on learning to speed read, which made this process quick and fun.
The second part of my Traveling University consists of audio CDs that I listen to in my car. By simply listening to educational CDs, instead of the radio, I complete the equivalent of 1 1/2 years of college annually while driving around my car. You can become an expert on any topic within six months to a year just by listening while you drive.
Learn to Speed Read – I can't begin to tell you how much time learning to speed read and save me over the years. It must be in the thousands of hours by now. I used a quick and simple system which only took me about 15 minutes a day for just 12 days (eight days for the basic training and four additional days for advanced training). I did this through a program called EyeQ (about $200, but $250 will get you 10 licenses!), which I found to be fun, quick and easy. You should easily double or triple your reading speed with this program, some people can even go 10 times faster.
Pocket PC – The Pocket PC has come a long way. They are much faster now, have many more features and will store considerably more. The Pocket PC saves me time and money by allowing you to store valuable information, maintain my contact lists, create Word documents, listen to educational MP3, read documents and PDFs, as well as other features.
Take Only Productive Action – One of the largest time wasters is people's unwillingness to review the day, month and year to get a full evaluation of how productive they been and see where they are time could be more productively spent. This simple process of self-evaluation can give you back years of time that would have otherwise been wasted. Don't put it off do it today!
Before You Start The Day – Plan The Day! – Study show that by simply planning out the day on paper you will typically save 25% of the time that you would have spent that day. This is a huge amount of time savings for something that typically takes 5-10 minutes. This planning will also make sure that you have all the necessary resources available to you that you will need during the day.
Networking – Its been known for a long time that people typically progress in life in direct proportion to the number of people who know them and like them. By gathering a larger network of friends and associates you can increase your resources exponentially, saving you a huge amount of time and money. Just remember, it is important to be a good friend to your network by seeing how you can help them before you ask them for help.
Voice Recognition Software - I love voice-recognition! You don't actually think I'm typing this article by hand do you? Voice recognition software is now at the stage where it can easily type 80-100 words per minute accurately versus 25 words per minute doing a quick hunt and peck. Windows actually includes the software for free as part of their package. I do recommend that you max out your computers RAM to keep this and all your programs moving quickly.
Utilize “Dummies” Books and Video Guides for Fast Learning - Whoever came up with these concepts was no "Dummy!" These books and guides can get you through the process in just a fraction of the time it would take you to try to figure it out in your own. Usually these guides and videos are under $20 and will probably save you at least a hundred hours of frustration.
Get Mentors - Most people can pinpoint a small handful of people who account for most of the success they've had in their lives. For most people this is only about two to four people in a lifetime. How much farther ahead would you be if you had 5-6 powerful mentors currently, and ultimately utilized about a hundred over the course of your lifetime? Most people that are currently doing great, have great mentors. Mentors can save your huge amount of time and money, while supplying you with valuable networks and resources.
Train Your Staff in Time Management - I'm not sure how most companies miss this, but training staff in time management is one of the best (if not the best) return on investments a company can make. What would your company profits look like if all your staff suddenly became 15-50% more efficient? Most companies can get their staff trained in time management for $30 or less per person. If the average staff person only makes $15 per hour, the company would only have to save 4 hours per year in labor to double their money. Typically good time management training will save the company 200 or more hours per employee per year. How's that for return on investment? The question then becomes: Is your staff trained? If not, what are you waiting for?
Published by Prof. Paul, author of personal development courses