Ducks 'n a Row: Top 3 Time Management Techniques Essential to Success

23 January 2015

Top 3 Time Management Techniques Essential to Success

One of the key things you need to succeed at anything is the ability to manage time effectively. Time management is a principle that is useful in all facets of life, be it business, social or personal life. It is not just about how time is spent. Rather, it is more about where your time is spent and what it is used for. Time is the real currency. This is why you must learn how to manage and maximize it.

Unfortunately, when you have a ton of things demanding your attention at the same time, it can be difficult to manage your time. However, you have to prioritize regardless of whatever chaos you have to deal with.

Truth is, great achievements in business, career, relationship, family and personal lives are often a function of increased effectiveness, efficiency and productivity, all of which are attainable through the proper management of time. The following are some of the best time management techniques used by successful people all over the world.

Prime Priority Practice (PPP)
Sometimes, whether in the workplace or in your personal life, you will be required to complete some tasks and duties within a short period. The Prime Priority Practice comes in handy in such situations.

Just in case you do not know what that is, it is just another fancy term for the daily prioritizing of the most important tasks. For instance, first thing in the morning, you could write your list of goals or milestones to be achieved during the day on a pad, a piece of paper, on your phone or tablet… whatever you are most comfortable with.

Research has shown that most people are at their most productive during the first few hours of the day. So, waking up to do this helps put your mind on the right track and conditions you to get those things done. On your list, make it clear what the tasks for the day are, followed by their arrangement in order of priority with the most important and urgent tasks at the top.

Gravitational Goal Setting
Not all goals require immediate action. So, it is important to set goals that will not only be achievable, but will deeply connect with your utmost passion. This will make you gravitate towards those goals unconsciously. When you set gravitational goals, you do not have to choose the work; the work chooses you, and that is why this method is fun.

To do this, simply break down these goals into a project, an action plan or a list that you’ll check off after their accomplishment – think of them as micro-goals. Next, for each of the goals, specify a daily, weekly, monthly or even yearly calendar of activities.

That way, you are sure of getting measurable results. One brilliant way to make this happen is to employ task management platforms like Scoro. Task and goal management tools like this arm you with even more clarity required to achieve immense productivity.

ABC Analysis Technique
This is a timeless time management skill used in business and corporate organizations. It places premium on the importance and urgency of activities. It is based on of the Pareto Principle. So, A category will represent tasks that you perceive as both urgent and important; B, action plans that present themselves as important, but NOT urgent; and C, tasks which are NEITHER important nor urgent.

This way, 80 percent of your productivity is achieved by just doing 20 percent of the tasks. It has been proven that about 95 percent of highly successful people who practice this technique experience a deep sense of satisfaction in their work and personal life.

Success is largely about organization and streamlining your tasks and duties while optimizing the use of your time. Use these time management methods to further increase your productivity and results. 

The writer, Oscar King, like many other people has more tasks to do than there are hours in the day, and uses the above techniques to make sure that everything that needs to get done gets done. If you wish to learn more about Oscar you can visit on Google+.

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