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5 time management tips from top performers

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Most people think the key to being productive is working flat-out 100% of the time. Not so, according to John Zenger, former chairman of the Times Mirror Group.

Zenger, who has studied highly productive people, says they:

  • Vary the pace. For unfamiliar new activities, they slow down and work methodically until they've learned what they need to know. Yet, in activities in which they're already experts, they work quickly: sometimes, with blinding speed.
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  • Orient themselves toward garnering big returns, fast. When possible, their goal is to seek the biggest advantage in the least amount of time.
  • Eschew monolithic project management. When handling complex projects, they multitask by letting different implementation teams handle different parts of the project.
  • Take frequent breaks to rest and recharge. That might be why top execs haven't abandoned lunches.
  • Accelerate different parts of big projects, whenever possible. Example: If research they conducted last year gives them a leg up on a big project currently on their plate, they plug it in.

—Adapted from Not Just for CEOs, John H. Zenger, Irwin.

If time is indeed money, just one or two of the dozens of time-saving tips in this Special Report will repay your investment many times over, starting today and for years to come. Get your copy of Time Management to the Rescue.

Overwhelmed? Ask 3 questions

Questions to pose when you're feeling stuck or overwhelmed:

1.  Ask, "Who?” not "How?” When you feel stuck or overwhelmed, stop trying to figure out "how” and instead train your brain to say, "Who might know the next step?” or "Who might help?”

2.  Ask "What's essential?” That question allows the unnecessary to disappear so you can focus on what's really of value.

3.  Ask "When?” Maybe this isn't the right time for a task. If you don't have all the information you need, put the project on hold until you do.

This Special Report offers a wealth of knowledge you can put to use today on how to work reasonable hours, prioritize tasks, track productivity, organize your calendar and master technology.book cover

In fact, it's really two reports in one:
  • Part I: Work Smarter, Not Longer Hours offers tips on 18 topics, from overcoming inertia to learning how to say "no.”
  • Part II: Use Technology to Speed Tasks gives you productivity boosters in 18 more areas: keyboard shortcuts, apps for streamlining your day, ways to tune your inbox and much more.

Start putting these time-management strategies to use right away!

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Avi Kaye January 29, 2012 at 7:48 am

One of the easiest ways to successfully manage your time is to have a list – either on a piece of paper or some web-based tool – which focuses your attention on the top 5 tasks for the day. I use a mixture of a whiteboard with sticky notes and a web-based tool called HappyTodos (http://www.happytodos.com) which help me stay focused on the tasks I really need to accomplish.0

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