10 Time Management Rules You and I are Breaking

poster of clocksIs reading articles about time management breaking one of the rules about time management? We don’t think so. Especially when they’re as succinct as this list of the top 10 ways you may be compromising your productivity.

We encourage you to check out the rationale behind each of these don’t dos:

Original article: http://timemanagementninja.com/2013/03/beware-10-time-management-rules-that-you-are-breaking/

1. Multi-tasking: Multi-tasking does not lead to more things done. It leads to more things started.

2. Scheduling Back-to-back Meetings: When you schedule back-to-back meetings you are practically guaranteeing that the next meeting will start late.

3. Answering Your Phone Anytime: Your phone is only an interruption if you let it be.

4. Checking Email Incessantly: Email is not intended to be instant communication. Rather, check it morning, noon, and close of day.

5. Not Unplugging: If you don’t unplug from your work and devices, you will burn out. Make sure you have clear boundaries between your work and personal life.

6. Not Allocating Enough Time for Tasks: As a general rule of thumb, tasks will take about 2X as much time as you estimate.

7. Too Many Tools in Your Toolkit: If you have too many tools in your time management toolkit, then you are creating unneeded complexity.

8. Not Looking at Your List: Make sure to keep your list front-and-center.

9. Not Putting Things Away: If you don’t put it away now, you’ll spend time searching for it later.

10. Not Taking Deadlines Seriously: By not taking deadlines seriously, you will cost yourself time, money, and opportunities.

Do you agree with these rules? Would you add any that aren’t on the list?

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