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Successful Time Management For Dummies, 2nd Edition by Dirk Zeller

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Chapter 24

Ten Time-Efficient Habits

In This Chapter

  • Getting a good start on your day
  • Making time for health
  • Focusing on what matters most
  • Working with a good system

Time management isn't a talent you're born with. You may need an amazing set of DNA to sing opera, win a triathlon, or get signed by the New York Giants, but with time management, you can work your way up to champion level without having the efficiency gene. Successful time management is a matter of habit. And in this chapter, I present you with the ten best habits to adopt for winning at time efficiency.

Start Your Day Early

Most people are more productive in the morning. That's logical: After sleep, you have more energy, you're more alert, and you've had less “day,” when everything that could go wrong does. No doubt, a half-hour first thing in the morning is easily worth two hours at the end of the day.

When I have deadlines to hit and projects to complete, I set my alarm clock for a couple of hours earlier than normal. That's much more effective for me than trying to squeeze in the time in the evening. I'm generally too tired to focus well. I may go to bed as early as 8:00 p.m. in order to get up at 3:00 a.m. to put in some dedicated time. The house is quiet. I'm refreshed. My mind is alert. And my productivity is at its peak.

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You don't have to set your alarm for the crack of dawn. An extra hour can buy you plenty ...

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