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MAKING IT WORK FOR YOU
To do so, you need as much reinforcement as possible. In order for
the new habit to stick, you need to continuously see signs that the
new path you’re on leads to success and the old path leads to fail-
ure. Look for ways of reminding yourself through visible signs.’
AN OVERVIEW OF THE SIX STEPS
We can lump the different elements of good time management
into six big categories. Since good time management is a lifelong
endeavour, we will call these ‘steps’ to lend them a sense of mo-
tion. This is not a science, and you’ll never achieve perfection.
However, if you continually follow this process, you will certainly
see improvement in your personal effectiveness.
In the six chapters that follow we cover the six steps that you can
take to improve your own time management (see Figure 3.1).
Identify yourself. If you know what you want, and are com-
fortable with wanting it, focusing effort towards getting it will
come naturally. And don’t forget about people – you rely on
them. How you fit in with people makes all the difference in
how effective you are.
Energise. Most people know that regular exercise, good
eating habits, and a good night’s sleep will give you more
energy. But do they put that knowledge to work? Find out
how high achievers make sure they have enough gas in the
tank. Discover your biorhythms and make them work in
Prioritise. Set goals, assign them priorities, and plan your
work accordingly. Eliminate distractions, turning down things
you don’t have time for.
Optimise. Find out where you’re wasting time. Eliminate
what you can, and try to fill the remaining dead time with
useful activity. Block off time for focused effort. Get better at
doing the things you do regularly: use tools, delegate, and
get more out of meetings.
Exclusive discussion with Dan Packer, October 2008.