Time Well Spent

By Kelly Quigley, REALTOR® Magazine

Time Power: A Proven System for Getting More Done in Less Time Than You Ever Thought Possible By Brian Tracy (AMACOM, 2004)

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Does your head spin just thinking about everything you have to get accomplished in one day? Between business meetings, errands, and spending time with family, it can be tough to find time to relax, track your professional goals, or pursue a hobby. Author Brian Tracy has an answer: a time management system that he says will give you two extra hours per day to spend as you choose. One element is making the most of time spent in your car, standing in lines, and sitting on airplanes. But it’s also about being better organized, setting sensible priorities, and mastering the skill of multitasking. If you’re not careful, you can become overwhelmed with unimportant tasks and procrastination—that is, if you haven’t already. “The good news is that time management is a skill, like typing or riding a bike,” the author says. “You have the ability right now to get into habits of excellent time management in every area of your life.”

Tips from the Book:

  • Develop a compulsion for closure. One of the most important habits you can develop is that of completion. Set specific deadlines for yourself, and concentrate single-mindedly on tasks. Discipline yourself to do one thing at a time, and then to complete that one task before you begin something else. This will improve the overall quality of your life, and dramatically increase your productivity.
  • Be selfish with your time. Remember, your time is your life, and this life is not a rehearsal for something else. Say “no” to requests for your time that don’t move you toward your own goals and personal aspirations. When you say “no” people will often express a little disappointment, but stick to your guns. Treat your time like money, and concentrate on high-value tasks.
  • Make the most of your time in the car. Never allow your car to be moving without educational audio programs playing. The average car owner in American spends 500 to 1,000 hours per year behind the wheel, the equivalent of between one and two full-time university semesters. You can’t afford not to be listening to educational programs.