Think Small

The following is an excerpt from the second edition of my e-book on time management, now available on Amazon.

Welcome to the second edition of Time Management: The Basics. My goal is to offer the reader a way to take small steps to manage time more effectively. I have transformed the lengthier discussions from the first edition of this book into short passages that highlight one strategy at a time.

Here’s my deep thought: Anyone who wants to manage time better doesn’t want to spend a lot of time on the process. 

Here’s another deep thought: Success in improving the way you manage your time results from a series of small changes rather than a massive or overwhelming shift in how you spend your time.

Yes, that’s my advice, at least to get us started. Think small.

Thus I provide you with a menu of strategies. Consider reading one strategy at a time and then giving that strategy a try for the day, week, or month. Focus on that one tweak to your routine. I like the word tweak because some of these strategies may not seem new or transformative to you, yet committing or re-committing to them could be beneficial, perhaps in subtle ways.

You don’t have to read these strategies in order. You have my blessing to hop around to whichever strategy calls to you first. 

In addition to including one strategy per section, I end each time with a prompt for reflection. That’s because I don’t think time management works without reflection. That is, you need to spend a few minutes thinking about what is working and what needs to change. Devoting a little time to reflect will help you develop a time management system that works. Once you fine-tune that system through reflection, you may wind up spending less time on the system because the various steps and tools will become a habit, at least for as long as you need them.

Reflect: Take a moment to consider your experiences with time management systems in the past, both paper-based and digital. What worked well? What didn’t? Why?