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Time Management Techniques Giveaway

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 | FranklinCovey News, Time Management | 14 Comments

Managing our time and trying to accomplish our most important endeavors is a constant focus for each of us. How we each do this varies immensely. We would love to hear what works for you.

Will you take a moment and share what techniques you have found to be the most effective for you when it comes to managing your time?

Posting your comments will enter you to win a complimentary seat to a Time Management LiveClicks webinar workshop.

To enter to win, just answer the question above in the comments section of this post. Contest closes 1:00 pm ET, Tuesday 16. Winners will be selected at random.

Thanks for sharing and good luck.

Update 2/18:  Thanks for all of the great comments and congratulations to Alka Adatia who is our winner. Please feel free to continue to share. Thanks again!

14 Comments to Time Management Techniques Giveaway

February 9, 2010

There is no exact method to use, however, I like to organize my duties (all of them, husband, employee, son, etc) using simple task manager, nothing big, at least 3 most important things on the day, and the rest with lower priority.

The ones not finnished, get top priority the next day, and I try to focus as much as possible, I recommend to give a time for everything, even looking up on the internet that book you want to buy, the latest tech gadgets, etc, give time to it, and just use that time, if not you’ll end up waisting too much time on things like that and not the important ones, and, don’t stop doing it entriely, just organized.

Frankie Williams
February 9, 2010

I am a new small business owner and I have ADHD. Franklin Planner Online saves my life. I have my calendar e-mailed me to each evening for review. I also sync with Outlook and my Blackberry. I couldn’t get through my day without these tools. They keep me focused and limits my distractions.

Vivian Villena
February 10, 2010

By following the Franklin Covey technique of having solitude time to write out my tasks and then setting the priority level in addition to categorization has proven the best method for me to manage my time. Although I may list all the tasks that I have by allowing me to concentrate my focus on my top 3 items allows me to work through effectively and efficiently. Anything that I am able to get through past the top 3 become a bonus for my day.

Tommy Harris
February 10, 2010

I find that keeping my most important appointments and tasks loaded on my iPhone forces me to acknowledge and act on them.

Wendy Erwin-Lawson
February 10, 2010

I plan meals monthly on a calendar and shop only twice that month

Bill Rogers
February 10, 2010

One of the ways I have used to help save time with emails is creating seperate folder in whichI store emails in outlook, For file inthe office I label my files as what they are e,g Time entry process. and keep those handy on my desk in a file tray,

The rest are labled and kept in my file cabinet by my desk, But my #1 time tool is having my outlook defualt upon opening to calendar to allow me to plan rather than react, then from the emails I know what my time needs to be focus on.

Max Leibman
February 10, 2010

I prioritize in the standard ABC/123 FranklinCovey method, but I add a couple of twists:
1. Anything that is due today isn’t on my daily list–I make a separate list of “due” items in the notes section.
2. I color-code–anything that relates to a long-term goal is written in blue; any tasks that have been forwarded from previous days are red.
3. I make a “[w]” mark after any item that is work-related and that must be completed in the office. When I’m on the clock, I look only at these items; when I get ready to leave for the day, I finish, delete, or forward them all so I can ignore them when I get home.

Susan McShirley
February 11, 2010

I deal with all emails in the moment. I do not let my emails pile up. If there is a follow up required, I put it into my #1 Priority email file and check that each morning. This technique works well. People are very impressed that I answer them quickly and I am clear on exactly where I stand on my emails at any time.

Francesco Mantovani
February 11, 2010

Mainly three things I use frequently: A) envisioning tecniques to shape goals and define what really counts B) to do list with all things together (personal/work/fun) with tags for high, medium or low priority + C) priority matrix to define what urgent but irrelevant and eliminate.

February 11, 2010

As far as systems go I use MS Outlook for work tasks and to-do list. All work email is screened in batches. I flag the actionable emails and file everything (actionable or not) in folders. I try to keep my inbox at zero and just go off the Outlook tasks as a to-do list. I prioritize to attack the big rocks first. For personal life, I use a free web software called todoist that allows you to organize things by project, due date or priority, very helpful.

Of course, you can have the most advanced tweakable-on-the-fly system, but if you don’t actually use it, or you get sidetracked a lot, it’s practically useless. Here is how I handle the psychological side of staying on track. This may sound crazy to some folks, but I have found self-hypnosis to be extremely effective. I read a book called “Instant Self Hypnosis” that had a few different scripts on productivity and time management. You basically get into a relaxed state and visualize yourself sitting down at your desk, methodically prioritizing tasks, knocking them out 1 by 1 and disarming all distractions. Now I find it much easier to attack the big rocks first pretty and much blast by any distractions that come up.

February 12, 2010

Although I’ve tried to use a Palm-based system and a Blackberry-based system, I prefer to use a traditional paper planner. I take 15-30 minutes each Sunday to plan out my top priorities each week. Then at the beginning of each morning, my first task is to plan out my day.

Alka Adatia
February 12, 2010


what works for me in the area of Time Management is that i am not focussed on time wise managing work but i focus on work wise managing time..

Following is what i do:

-i make to-do notes(Template-1,using microsoft office notes 2007 ) of what i have to do at one place and i categorize it as far as possible..client wise,personal etc..
-next step is i post to-do notes in my calender(Template-2) of when i have to do..
if i accomplish it,then on template-1 i tick mark it
-now all the to-dos that are done are shifted to work done (Template-3)

this is how i manage my work and ultimately my time..i like flexibility..


February 13, 2010

Although I have tried to use Palm-based and Blackberry-based systems, I find that a traditional paper-based system works best for me.

Each Sunday evening, I take 15-30 minutes to plan for my upcoming week and determine which activities are my “big rocks” for the upcoming week. Then, each morning, I plan my tasks and appointments for that day.

Steve McAllister
February 15, 2010

Simply putting first things first is the biggest thing for me. By writing down a list of all of the things I need to get done and sceduling my priorities, I find a lot more accomplished at the end of the day having attended to the most important things.

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