Top Ten Tips for time management

by on 30/01/2015

Tips for Time Management

Good time management is something which is very hard to achieve even by the best Internet marketers. Many good marketers have said to me: “gosh, that’s one thing I could do with – better time management”.

So if you have trouble with it, don’t fret! You are in good company.

In this post I go quickly over 10 tips – around 2 minutes per tip – to try to improve your time management fast.

I do hope you get loads out of it.

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  • Jono

    Hey Malc!

    In relation to tip number four ‘Use a timer’, a PC program that might also be worth investigating is Flamebrain’s ‘WatchMe’. Like the iPad app you mention it can track time for a number of different tasks independently of one another.

    I also just wanted to feedback how much I appreciate you sharing your hard earned experience. I found your website via a post you made on another forum whilst looking into ‘The Secret Weapon’ methodology. I’ve tried wading my way through David Allen’s book several times without ‘getting it’ and looked into using Evernote in the past, but just didn’t spot it’s potential. Only by reading your clear and succinct distillation of the GTD process, combined with EN, has the penny finally dropped. Many thanks indeed.

    • http://heymalc.com/ Malc Simmonds

      Hi Jono – thanks for your suggestion of that timer.

      I’m so glad you found my post useful. (http://heymalc.com/time-management-made-really-easy-gtd-evernote) The Secret Weapon is great – but misses out handling projects which makes things confusing. I’m glad it fell into place for you – just as it did for me!

      Cheers, Malc

  • MamaRed

    Such wisdom Malc and can definitely tell it comes from really tackling this stuff not just reading about it! Thanks bunches. MamaRed

    • http://heymalc.com Malcolm Simmonds

      Hi MamaRed – Thx for your comments. Yeah, I do this stuff! LOL

      So what’s YOUR tip for time management – what works for you? Best tip?

      Malc :)

  • igor Griffiths

    Well hello Malc, great advice and I can certainly agree with planning your time beforehand. All too often I skip the weekly planning session on Sunday and as you can guess the week turns into a drifting disaster of randomness.

    I look forward to your guide on Evernote as its a strange beast that I have had installed for ages but never really go to grips with in a useful way.

    • http://heymalc.com Malcolm Simmonds

      Hi there Igor. The weekly review is just too easy to skip LOL!

      I suppose Evernote is primarily a container for notes, instructions, images, passwords: basically, anything you want to be able to keep and reference easily – even months hence. Not really for large documents, thought.

      I now use it combined with the Getting Things Done system as my primary time management method and I love it. In other words, it REALLY works for me for time management.

      I posted about it here on Digital Point:

      https://forums.digitalpoint.com/threads/time-management-made-so-easy-gtd-evernote.2638263/

      Cheers

      Malc

  • Jennifer

    Hey Malc!
    I like your tips – tried some of them but fell at the first fence! I do write down my “to dos”, then either forget which notebook I wrote it in or end up having another, longer one the next day, and the next and so on…
    Note to self… get past step 1 and move on to the others, they may reduce the list! lol

    Thanks for the tips!

    • http://heymalc.com Malcolm Simmonds

      Hi Jennifer

      Step 1: Write down all your to dos
      Step 2: Remember where you wrote them ;-)
      Step 3. Organise them.

      The answer to coping with “to many to-dos”, is to have a many lists as you need labelled for immediacy. Now, Next, Soon are the first three, which will cope with, say, 6 items on Now, 10 on Next, and 20 on Soon (roughly). So that’s 36. If you have more than that, then add Later – say another 20, and if you have more than 56 to-dos add the last one: Someday.

      That has all the rest on. A quick count….. I have 160, which gives me 100 or so in Someday.

      Daily: Work from the Now list and keep an eye on Next, moving things over as you see fit. Now and again look in Soon and move things to Next – again, as you see fit.

      Once a week, check Later and Someday and move things around you want to.

      That’s really it. Organise your to-dos like this and you can happily work from your Now and Next lists for most of the day, in the knowledge that this system has got all the important things into those two lists.

      Hope this gives some food for thought!

      Check out this post: http://heymalc.com/favourite-solutions-week

      …which shows you how to use Evernote to manage these lists – really easily. It’s what I use.

      :-)

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