3 Time-Managements Secrets From Richard Branson, Bill Gates & More
Time is your most valuable commodity. The world’s most successful people recognize this and have come up with several methods for saving time.
Poor time management has a massive effect on your productivity.
If you don’t save time where you can, you’ll end up with uncompleted task lists at the end of every day.
So, what can you do to save time and get more done?
Follow these tips from some of the world’s most successful people.
Richard Branson – Set Aside Time for Emails
Many workers constantly flit back and forth between their emails and their main tasks. This means they’re constantly distracting themselves and thus can’t focus.
Virgin CEO Richard Branson avoids this with a simple piece of advice:
“Check emails for an hour or so and then put it away so you can focus on the task at hand.”
There’s a simple philosophy behind this technique. By only giving your emails an hour of your time, you prevent them from distracting you. You get to stay focused on your task instead of constantly trying to re-prioritise based on what the latest email shows you.
Bill Gates – Don’t Double Up on Decisions
Microsoft founder and former richest man in the world Bill Gates has an effective time management strategy. He focuses on making the right decision first time:
“Don’t make the same decision twice,” he says. “Spend time and thought to make a solid decision the first time so that you don’t revisit the issue unnecessarily.”
Constantly revisiting an issue delays your decision-making. This causes delays elsewhere as others have to wait on your decision to move forward. Take the time needed to make the right decision at the first time of asking. Then, move on.
Arianna Huffington – It’s Not About the Amount of Time
The founder of the Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington is also a successful author. She points to quality over quantity when talking about saving time:
“We think, mistakenly, that success is the result of the amount of time we put in at work, instead of the quality of time we put in.”
Spending a lot of time on a task means nothing if you get very little done. If you structure how you’ll use your time, you fit more into a shorter time period. This saves time that you can use elsewhere, be it in business or in life.
The Final Word
What you do with your time has a massive effect on both your professional and personal life – and ultimately it determines whether you achieve your biggest goals and dreams or not.
The most successful people in the world understand this and manage their time accordingly.
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