How Millionaires Manage Their Time

This is a guest post by Jaime Tardy. She has interviewed over 130 millionaires on her blog and just published a new book about what she’s learned. It’s called, The Eventual Millionaire: How Anyone Can Be an Entrepreneur and Successfully Grow Their Startup. You can follow her on Twitter.

Let’s face it. One of the most difficult areas of most people’s lives is time management. We all want enough time for our work, our family, and ourselves. So how do the most successful people manage their time?

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I’ve been lucky enough to interview over 130 millionaires. They know the value of their time, and use it to the best of their ability. I’ve curated the top tips on their time management to help you have more time to work, and more time to play and be with your family.

So how do you stay productive when faced with a seemingly endless to-do list? Here are four awesome tips for greater productivity, straight from the millionaires themselves. At the end of each one, I provide an action item.

  1. Get everything out of your head. David Allen, author of Getting Things Done, shared this tip with me in an interview:

    What are all the things you need to pay attention to? Getting all that out of your head, it’s really game-changing when you do that. It doesn’t solve your problems, but it makes them evident. It makes it a lot easier then to make good intuitive choices about where you ought to be putting your focus, and where’s it okay that you don’t put your focus today.

    As I say, you need to know what you’re not doing before you feel comfortable about what you’re not doing. Getting a map of all the things you’re not doing, what are all the projects right now that you’re not doing if you’re listening or watching this? You better know what that is, or you won’t be present with anything that you’re doing.

    Nothing is holding your attention hostage, and you’re able to give your full attention to whatever that is, whether that’s playing with the dog or writing a business plan. That’s really where you want to be, and that’s a critical component.”

    Action Item: Stop what you are doing right now (or put a time in your calendar right now) to write down everything you have in your head. Both personal and professional. Write it in your to-do list or on post-it notes—it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that you write all of it down and then take the time to put it into your to do system.
  2. Actively procrastinate. Rob Rawson, CEO of TimeManagement.com and Staff.com, shared this tip in his interview with me:

    I have a list of over two hundred tasks right now, all of those things could be good to do, but I can’t do all of them. I identify what are important tasks, but either way they are sitting there. A lot of them I will never do. That procrastination is so powerful. Then every week or every other week review that list, and ask, ‘Is that still necessary?’”

    Action Item: Don’t feel like you need to do everything on your list. Some items will sit on your lists for a while. That’s okay. They might not have the same urgency later.
  3. Have a purpose and plan for your day. JV Crum III, CEO & Founder of Conscious Millionaires Institute, shared this tip with me.

    One of the most crucial parts of being productive in your work is to have a purpose for your day. Getting up in the morning and working without any goal or purpose can be a major downfall in accomplishing your goals. A person can start off the day getting ready to accomplish tasks, but without a clear purpose, you will more than likely not be as productive as you could be.”

    Rob Rawson, said something similar:

    I only use priorities for my today tasks. I don’t add email or any random task on my list. I do that in order to make sure I’m only doing the more crucial tasks. Right now I work on my highest priority first thing in the morning. I identify what will move me forward from the long term goals. I put that item top on my list.”

    Action Item: Either the night before, or the morning of, decide what your top tasks are, and stick to doing those first thing—before you get derailed by email or any other trivial task.
  4. Practice the Friday 15. This is a system that was introduced to me by my millionaire friend, Hugh Culver. It is a great way reset your week, even though you want to be relaxing or going home early. It sets you up for the next week, so you can be more productive.

    [In this exercise] you only have fifteen minutes. The first thing I do is look at my plan for the week. [When I do] I see this disaster that started out so beautifully organized. I got a lot of stuff done but a lot of times my list is longer than when I started.

    So I looked at that and decided what it is that I can just finish in a couple of minutes. Because sometimes I just need to return a phone call, pay a bill, or change something on my blog. I get it done!

    The second thing I look at is what I want to move to next week or I want to either delegate to the people that I outsource to or that I want to get rid of. So I delegate it or dump it.

    Then the third thing is to create a new plan for next week. One of the mistakes we often make when we create a plan or a list is we put everything in there that we hope to do. But our expectations are too high. What I encourage people to do is keep it down to about a dozen things that are really critical for next week and that’s what I call your flight plan. So, just like a pilot taking of, I now know where I need to land. So by Friday those need to be completed.

    The last thing that I do is I clean up my area. I put stuff away. I get rid of clutter. I get rid of the Post-It notes, those three felt pens, two pens, and a pencil, because when I come in, I want to feel successful. And I never feel successful if I’m surrounded by clutter. Because clutter is not only a distraction—I look at it, and I think about it!—clutter reminds me I have not completed something.

    So when I come in on Monday, I feel successful, I’ve got my flight plan and I’m ready to go. So that’s why I call it your ‘Friday 15.’”

    Action Item: Action Item: This week, implement the Friday 15 and finish your week on a productive note.

You may not have the time to do all of these (since if you are reading this you are time starved!) But commit to one or two of these tips. I use them in my own life and have found my productivity increases when I manage my time, keep a clean environment, and live out my workweek with purpose.

When I feel in control of my time, instead of my time controlling me, I make better decisions and am more able to enjoy my life.

All the millionaires I have interviewed have one thing in common: they take responsibility for their time. As the ancient philosopher Lao Tzu said,“Time is a created thing. To say, ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.’”

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  • http://www.waynestiles.com/ Wayne Stiles

    This is tremendous, Jaime. Thanks for taking the time to lay this out for us. I love that quote: “Time is a created thing. To say, ‘I don’t have time,’ is like saying, ‘I don’t want to.’”

    I remember Dr. Howard Hendricks saying one time, “If something is important enough, you find a way. If it’s not important, you find an excuse.”

    • eventualmillionaire

      I repeat that quote in my brain often! I don’t allow myself to say I don’t have time anymore. It’s not useful! :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/libby.webb Libby Webb

        That’s a great idea! You are so right..it’s not useful..thanks!

      • http://nickmessengeronline.com/ Nick Messenger

        Hi Jaime,
        I am curious, how do you create time? We all only have 24hrs a day & if you have a long list of items on your to-do list you may genuinely not have the time for something else!
        Is it simply a matter of re-prioritizing or is there another way to find extra time?
        Thank you
        Nick

        • http://www.hughculver.com/ Hugh Culver

          Hi Nick.
          I love this question “how do you create time.” The obvious answer, of course, is you can’t – we all get the same 1,440 minutes/day. But I do find that when I get smart about my time (like with micro-outsourcing) I feel like I have created time. Another example is when I improve on a system (like posted my blog, or prepping for a keynote) I feel like I created more time.

          Hope that helps

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      I just had this discussion with a good friend of mine on Saturday. We so easily say, “I don’t have the time for …” But, in reality, we’re choosing to spend our time in specific ways. Whatever it is we “don’t have time for” is something we’ve deemed isn’t worth our time, even if subconsciously.

      • http://www.waynestiles.com/ Wayne Stiles

        Yee-ouch! Michele! You hit a nerve. Isn’t it amazing how the things we don’t have time for often are the basics? Eating well. Exercise. Bible reading. Often it takes a crises before we’ll reevaluate.

        • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

          I resemble that comment. ;)

  • http://www.memyselfandmike.com/ Mike Jones

    Great article Jaime and a fab way to start the week off.

    David Allen’s GTD stuff is awesome – literally changed my life for the better. I can’t recommend it enough. The critical point for me being the weekly review (which I’m just about to start right now!)

    I love the Friday 15 concept – that’s the one for me this week!

    • eventualmillionaire

      Awesome! Let me know how Friday goes for you! (and the weekly review of course!)

    • http://www.hughculver.com/ Hugh Culver

      Hey great to hear Mike.

      My Friday 15 is a staple of my week and sets me up perfectly for the following week. I also include a little purging of clutter at the same time. I find that if I reduce mental and physical clutter I feel better immediately.

      Go for it!

      • http://www.memyselfandmike.com/ Mike Jones

        Thanks Hugh. I rather suspect it will give me a nice head start on my following weekly review on the Monday too (and possibly a nice relaxed feeling for the weekend. :-)

        • http://www.hughculver.com/ Hugh Culver

          Nice! Less mental load means more capacity for the rest of life. Let me know how it goes.

  • http://www.mikejwilliams.com/ Mike Williams

    Thanks for the great ideas. Doing #3 has changed my life, such a great stress reliever to have a goal/purpose for each day. I plan to start #4 this Friday, and then work in the other 2 tips.

    • eventualmillionaire

      Exactly! Just pick one thing right now. (Otherwise we get overwhelmed and don’t do any of it right? So Friday- 15 minutes. Sounds easy – let me know how it goes!)

      • http://www.hughculver.com/ Hugh Culver

        Mike, I hope the Friday 15 is a winner for you. Remember to start with reflection. That the juicy part where I get honest about where I’m spending my time.

  • Guest

    Thank you. A nice gentle reminder that I do infact procrastinate, and ways to help me! I really enjoy your Blog posts.

    • eventualmillionaire

      It was a huge shift for me too. We don’t have to look at procrastination as a negative thing :)

  • http://www.wisdomlearningltd.com/ Julia Papworth

    Thank you. I especially like the Lao Tzu statement, powerful.

    • eventualmillionaire

      It’s one of my favorite quotes. :)

  • http://www.whiteboardbusiness.com/ Dallon Christensen

    Definitely #4. That’s a good way to end the week. I also need to do a better job of #1. I seem to have an issue deciding whether to get things out of my head writing things down or using my digital project management app. Hopefully, this will help me make that decision once and for all.

    • eventualmillionaire

      How can you do a better job at #1 right now then? :) (if we don’t pick HOW now it’ll continue to be an issue until you decide how to fix it- so instead of saying Hopefully this will help me – say – I’m going to decide right now! :) Hope that’s helpful!

      • http://www.hughculver.com/ Hugh Culver

        Dallon do you doodle or make lists? I think doodles need journals and mind maps. List makers like To-Do apps.

  • http://missionallendale.wordpress.com/ Joey Espinosa

    I love the Friday 15 idea. I will try that this week.

    #2 has been tough, to delete something that has been on my to-do list. But it’s been one of the most freeing thing that I started doing within the past year. I have asked that same question of myself, “Do I REALLY need to do this?”

    For the first time this year, I did it with my blog reading. Over the course of a busy week, I had accumulated about 70-80 blog posts that I wanted to read. I’d read some, and but then I’d add more. On Saturday, I realized I never could catch up. So I saved the 10 or 12 most interesting, and then marked the rest as “read.” It was tough in the moment (I don’t want to miss out!), but I was relieved afterward.

    • eventualmillionaire

      Sweet! I love hearing that. Funny now small things make HUGE impacts :)

      • http://www.hughculver.com/ Hugh Culver

        Joey

        Your example of huge blog-reading lists is a good one. I’ll bet lots of people can learn from how you tackle that one.

        I stopped reading newspapers about 5 years ago. I don’t think I’ve missed a thing AND I’ve gained a truck load of time.

  • http://www.mapmysuccess.com/ Brian sherman

    Michael this is great. I’ve started 2 businesses this year and have already implimented these steps already. This has really helped me alot. I do have a wife and three children and sometimes it can be hard to manage. I have a long way to perfect it, but i’m well on my way.
    Thank you

    • eventualmillionaire

      I agree! We can’t be perfect on it. But I have a husband and two small kids- so every little bit counts!

      • http://www.hughculver.com/ Hugh Culver

        I’m in the same camp with a wife and 2 teenage daughters. Blocking free time is essential for me (and my family).

  • Ashfaaq Baurtaully

    Thanks for giving me a new way to procrastinate. I’m totally going to use that.
    And The Friday 15 is a great way to get long-term goals accomplished. I already feel I’m going to be successful next Friday.

    • eventualmillionaire

      Thanks! Glad you took something away from it :)

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      I liked that, too … permission to procrastinate. :)

  • http://sparkvoice.wordpress.com/ DS

    I liked both the get everything out of your head as well as the Friday 15. In the past both have been tremendous helpers to me – now it’s time to recognize that and act on it consistently. Thanks for the clear direction and action items!

    • eventualmillionaire

      Glad to help!

      • http://www.hughculver.com/ Hugh Culver

        Consistency rules, even in small things.

  • http://www.onlineincometycoon.com/ Thomas @ Online Income Tycoon

    #3 is the toughest thing to do and probably the most important, at least for me anyway. Really liked how you had an action item with each quote by the way!

    • eventualmillionaire

      Awesome! :) (and thanks)

  • Erin Nelson

    Love the call to action to write everything on my mind right now. I did this immediately as I had several items on my mind. I have enjoyed my mobile device’s reminders app and can create and utilize several categories for work and home. This reminded me to continue to use this tool and then enter those items into my implementation plan. The Friday 15 was excellent – sometimes those 15 minute phone calls and notes are the items I tend to put off. What a great way to go into the weekend. I plan to build this into my calendar! Very useful article. Thank you!

    • eventualmillionaire

      Love that you already took action! That’s huge. :)

      • http://www.hughculver.com/ Hugh Culver

        Erin I hope the Friday 15 is a winner for you!

  • http://personalsuccesstoday.com/ John Richardson

    Great article, Jaime. I like your take on the questions. On my blog, I offer readers many different time management tools. My most popular is a daily planner that has a place to set priorities and has a GTD option. It’s nice to see that many of the millionaires you interviewed use GTD and set priorities too. As far as #4, I like to do that over the weekend when I have a little more time, using a weekly planner. I usually make a note of the past week, what went right, what went wrong, and then layout the upcoming week. Nothing better than starting the week with a plan.

    • eventualmillionaire

      Totally. It’s funny how empowered I feel with a plan- and how overwhelmed I feel without one. It’s a simple thing, but the impact is amazing! :)

    • http://JonDHarrison.com/ Jon D Harrison

      GTD sure is a game changer, John!

      • http://www.hughculver.com/ Hugh Culver

        John it sounds like you have a great system. If you find you keep transferring tasks to the next week that’s a clue to revise that priority. I use the old choices of: do, dump, defer, and delete.

        • http://personalsuccesstoday.com/ John Richardson

          I agree. Doing a weekly review first, before planning for the new week, usually brings great insights. I like your 4 d’s… As they say, doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is Insanity.

          • http://www.hughculver.com/ Hugh Culver

            Nice! John, let me know how it goes!

  • http://www.escapingdodge.com/ Ree Klein

    All of these tips are great and when I practice similar actions in my life, I always feel more productive. The problem for me is that I slowly begin to leave that little pile of unattended papers on my desk or stop making my daily “to do” list the night before. Every time I get back in my groove, I am definitely more productive!

    Being an idea generator, I find keeping an idea journal so valuable because I can get the basic idea down and then make myself stop thinking about it because I know I can come back to it later. Ideas are like a siren’s call…you’re drawn to it at the expense of the project/business you’re currently committed to make successful.

    • eventualmillionaire

      Yes Ree! And a lot of the millionaires I interviewed talk about how they have an ADD type personality. So trying to manage that and the potential opportunities AND focus can be difficult. I do the same thing as you- write it all down. We can always come back to it later :)

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Great reminder, Ree. Writing it down frees up mental energy that can be used elsewhere.

  • Stephen Castleberry

    Great post! I especially like the “Action Item” sections – I’m definitely going to steal that!

    • eventualmillionaire

      Please do! I do it for every single post I write- and it’s all throughout the book! (Even in my speeches I have action items, and make people choose ONE to take away :)

      • Stephen Castleberry

        Thanks for your quick response, Jaime. You now have one more blog follower. :)

        • eventualmillionaire

          Woo! :) Thank you Stephen!

    • http://www.hughculver.com/ Hugh Culver

      Me too :)

  • http://kimanziconstable.com/ kimanzi constable

    Great post Jamie and congrats on the book! Time and focus have been a constant struggle of mine, I know I’m easily distracted. One tip that I’ll take away from this post and work on is planning my day. I’ll make the plan, stick to it and cut out the distractions!

    • eventualmillionaire

      Awesome – so you start tonight? Or do you want to plan in the mornings? ;)

      • http://kimanziconstable.com/ kimanzi constable

        Right now (in the morning) I’m catching a flight to Maui. I did however plan the night before :)

        • http://www.hughculver.com/ Hugh Culver

          Nice come back :) Safe trip!

          • http://kimanziconstable.com/ kimanzi constable

            Thanks, been here since Tuesday and loving it!

  • http://www.SmallGroupChurches.com/ Andrew Mason

    Epic post! Love the discipline and laser beam focus!

    • eventualmillionaire

      Thanks!! :)

  • kentsanders

    Jaime, thanks for a great post. I love the idea of the “Friday 15″ – brilliant but simple. I’m glad there is a link to your book here. I knew it was coming but didn’t know when for sure. Congrats on achieving that!

    • eventualmillionaire

      It’s finally here! :)

      • http://www.hughculver.com/ Hugh Culver

        Good luck with the Friday 15 – it can be a game changer for you.

  • http://www.goalsontrack.com Harry @ GoalsOnTrack

    Great advice. What I find that helps with better use of our time is simply keeping a daily log of everything we do, down to 5-10 minute blocks. I find that when I track my time, I automatically remind myself of how I am using my time, and just by being aware of what I do with my time tends to save me a lot of time that would have otherwise wasted on meaningless things.

    • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

      Does tracking your time take too much time? Or are you able to streamline it so it doesn’t become another major task?

      • http://www.goalsontrack.com Harry @ GoalsOnTrack

        Michele, that’s exactly what I was worried about at first. But after doing it for a few days, I immediately found its benefits. I’d be wasting way more time than the time I spend on tracking it. Plus, it gets easier and faster as you do more of it. Now I only spend about 10-15 minutes a day for it, but compared to the time saved and better spent, it’s probably the best use of my time, which is to track my time. :-)

        • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

          Good to know, Harry. Thanks for the reply. I am an achiever who lives for lists. But sometimes I can spend so much time making lists and tracking them, that I lose time. This is helpful.

    • eventualmillionaire

      That’s awesome Harry. I’ve been using rescuetime too to help me track of my big time blocks (I have been working about 33 hours a week lately- it’s cool to be able to see that too!)

    • http://www.hughculver.com/ Hugh Culver

      Nice reminder to be mindful of time. Thanks for that.

  • http://www.MicheleCushatt.com/ Michele Cushatt

    Excellent post! One of the best I’ve read in a while. I plan to start the “Friday 15″ this week. I usually work on my schedule for the following week on Sunday, but I don’t like doing that over the weekend. Instead, I plan to do it Friday afternoon, before I wrap up for the day. Including evaluating my to-dos and clearing off my desk. Excited to try it!

    • eventualmillionaire

      That’s a huge compliment coming from a moderator. Thank you so much :) Let me know how it goes!

  • http://www.alexbarker.org/ Alex Barker

    This is an awesome list Jamie!
    I think I need to “brain dump” more often. I find that I forget tasks from the previous week when I don’t dump all that’s in my head.
    What helps me conquer this mistake is a weekly review. I review my previous week at what I accomplished. This helps me better understand what I am capable of and what I miss.
    Thanks Jamie for a insiders look into the millionaire mind!
    Let me know if you’d like an interview on The Leadership Dojo ;)

    • eventualmillionaire

      Of course I do Alex! I thought we already had it in the works- just send an email on my contact page and we will get you set up some time in March :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/libby.webb Libby Webb

    Great Post Jaime! I too love the quote! Definitely going to stop right now and get everything out of my head, consolidate the many lists I’ve created into one! And the Friday 15 is a great strategy. Love it!

    • http://www.hughculver.com/ Hugh Culver

      Great to hear Libby!

  • http://www.truenorthquest.com/ Brian Del Turco

    Quite a seedbed of ideas in this post! The Friday 15 is highlighted for me. There’s something about the 7 day period — closing the loop on the little things, and detoxing and refreshing on bigger things each week sounds refreshing.

    • http://www.hughculver.com/ Hugh Culver

      Thanks Brian. I think more rituals in our crazy week can be a good thing, like the Friday 15 – let me know how it goes!

  • chol caldito

    Wow! Thanks for sharing this Jaime! Very practical ideas!

  • Kathleen Thompson

    This is great! The Friday 15 is something I hadn’t ever heard of before. I’m going to include that in this week’s plan. Thanks, Jaime!

    • http://www.hughculver.com/ Hugh Culver

      Nice to hear!

  • http://nathalielussier.com Nathalie Lussier

    I love the Friday 15 – what a great way to finish off the week, and set yourself up for an even better week after the week-end!

    I do something similar on Sunday night, but I love the idea of getting it done on Friday in just 15 minutes. :)

    • http://www.hughculver.com/ Hugh Culver

      I have to admit that my Friday 15 sometimes becomes Sunday 15 – but I never skip it!

  • Jared Williams

    I really like #2. I already have a great project/task management system and sometimes items sit there for a while and eventually I decide it doesn’t need to be done after all. This lets me focus on what I really want to accomplish.

  • Regina E. Coley

    I’ll be implementing the Friday 15 system this week. It’s difficult to “wrap up” work on Fridays because I tend to work into the weekend which is probably why I feel overwhelmed with my to do list. Great tips, thanks for sharing!!

    • http://www.hughculver.com/ Hugh Culver

      Great! Don’t forget to do a little de-cluttering at the same time. Nothing like a pristine workspace to fire up with on Monday.

  • http://nickmessengeronline.com/ Nick Messenger

    Hi Jaime,
    I, like everyone else, really enjoyed this post. To me it really illustrates that the main difference between a successful person & a failure is managing time!
    We all start our days the very same way with 24hrs in our time bank, but do we use them or just fritter them away?
    Thank you
    Nick

  • Darrin Bentley

    Great post Jaime! The ironic thing is every single thing you (and your interviewees:) reference is really nothing more then common sense. Further proof that many people (the people that are NOT living the lives they want to live) tend to make things MUCH more difficult then they need to be.

    Instead of making a few VITAL core changes, they will instead chase success their entire life.

    • http://www.hughculver.com/ Hugh Culver

      Great comment Darrin. I should do a post all about common sense! I think in our Age of Distraction that we need more of it.

  • Madhu Ganesh

    Defenitely #4 Tried for few a week and is turning out to be my missing link for being more productive, and I am enjoying it. Thanks Jaime

    • http://www.hughculver.com/ Hugh Culver

      Nice to hear!

  • http://www.stridesapp.com/ Kyle Richey

    I love the “Friday 15″ idea. Definitely going to try that this week, thanks!

  • Enchanted

    There are a few people in my office that need to practice the Friday 15 idea, especially the clutter part. some people believe that if they have a lot of ‘stuff’ all over their desk they are doing something. I don’t like a cluttered desk because I could get overwhelmed. I like everything organized then I know exactly where it is.

    • http://www.hughculver.com/ Hugh Culver

      Good one. Don’t you think that some people use clutter as a excuse for procrastination and being overwhelmed. It’s pretty easy to complain about clutter instead of doing something about it!

  • http://www.annemariegazzolo.com/ Anne Marie Gazzolo

    Great post, Jaime! I like the first suggestion the most and also the second. God bless you, Anne Marie :)

  • http://www.coachingreallyworks.com/ Abe S.

    Great list. I love David Allen’s, Getting Things Done. The idea of clearing that space in our head is excellent as it helps us be more focused.
    I got something new from this with the Friday 15. It sounds like a wonderful routine I will start implementing right away.

    • http://www.hughculver.com/ Hugh Culver

      Abe, great to hear!

  • lead2life

    I found it great to have written out my daily my biggest 1 priority, then three middle level priority tasks and 5 small priorities. I just started this practice, but I already see a huge benefit of it and it really feels like I can accomplish a lot more. It helps me to be more focused and less tempted to distract myself. Also I don’t have to go through my task manager over and over during the day.

  • http://www.settingboundariesbooks.com Allison Bottke

    Fabulous post! Really appreciated the Action Item at the end of every step. Love David’s words, “…nothing is holding your attention hostage.” Thank you for such an informative post, and for validating my 250+ “Things To Do” list. :-)

  • Christy Largent

    Thanks Jaime! I love the Friday 15. Working from home, it’s easy to just leave it and think, “Oh, I’ll get to it on Saturday, or Sunday” and then next thing you know it’s Monday and I’m sitting down with a mess! I’m going to implement this idea this Friday and see how it goes. Thanks!

  • http://firstthingsproductivity.com/ Brandon Vaughn

    Great article, but I’m not sure I would agree with the term “procrastinate”. I think I get what they mean though. There is a Priority Now, and sometimes it can be hard to gauge what are higher priorities.

    So … delaying some of those tasks can be beneficial because “true north” tasks will stand out and get done. It is the Covey idea of urgency vs importance.

    Most people don’t procrastinate because they are “lazy” … but because it is a release valve against stress and threats to identity and fear of failure.

    So, to me, we should actively DELAY tasks that are Urgent/Not-Important, or are Non-Urgent/Non-Important. But we should actively schedule Non-Urgent/Important tasks, and often we can’t neglect the Urgent/Important ones. But delaying a task isn’t the same thing as procrastinating.

    I recently did an 11-part series on the topic of procrastination at http://FirstThingsProductivity.com and would encourage anyone interested in overcoming procrastination to take a listen.

  • http://www.TheArtofDiscipline.com/ Craig Desmarais

    So many good nuggets in here! Thanks for all the great tips and inspiration. I will be sure to add these too my workflow. :)

  • Thomas Eure

    The best definition if philosophy is “The Science of Estimating Values” Once you have mastered this all other things fall into place. Knowing what you value is the most important thing you can do with your life. The word “philosopher” was coined by Pythagoras because all of the wise people of his time called themselves “sages” which means “one who knows” He coined the word philosopher to mean “one who is trying to find out” I think Margaret Meade put it best when she said “Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.

  • Leslie Scott

    Nice tips. I was just wondering that how it is which makes a person millionaire or a billionaire. its hard to believe that its the smart work only which makes them touch the milestone and achieve success. They have the real understanding of how to convert the time into money. Many individuals say that time is money but how to convert that is a big mystery for most of them. The smart idea is the only success factor that work out. Those who are millionaire and billionaire in this world has got the success factor and has achieved the success in respective form.

    I have seen many millionaires in my life and the way to keep the time managed works out for every one of them. I have been working in a company whose owner believes that keeping track of hours really makes a big difference and makes the most out of it. What have you spent the time on, whether it is of use or unnecessarily the time is spent, all are the key terms that makes a sense. Making the best out of these specific terms the tool which he has deployed in most of his businesses and makes out the most from them is the cloud based Replicon’s hours tracking software. He believes that with every single hour tracked gives him a way to stay organized and manage the work specifically aligned to come out throwing out the profit in the approach. In fact I too have seen that the when the root level cause is concerned then definitely the output has to gonna come out with a high end level success. I believe him as my sole contributor for success and I will definitely look out for all possible chance to work under him.