Time management 101


A Tutorial for Increasing Productivity

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calendarThe System


The Routine

The Focus

Four Fantastic Tools for Focus:

  1. Tame external & internal distractions – eliminate or reduce time wasters like procrastination as much as possible. Set up an workspace that helps you focus as much as possible, and avoid multi-tasking.
  2. Embrace values – gain direction with a value statement that pinpoints what you do and why (the power tool for purpose). It includes how you add value based on what your values are.
  3. Notice the feedback – pay attention to measures you are tracking, and be aware of how you are spending your time. Know the value of time and Make Today Count!
  4. Dedicate time to concentrate and feel flow
  • Find your focus areas.


The Plan: use your system to plan and review

Get Organized


Goals and Productivity are like peanut butter and jelly. To spend your time where it most matters to you, begin by setting goals that align with your value statement or Unique Selling Proposition. Learn how to set goals and achieve them with this free tutorial. Learn more with the Daily PlanIt eBook “Get Goaling”

“Efficiency is doing the job right. Effectiveness is doing the right job.”-Peter Drucker

The 4 x 3 = Time Table describes four methods to manage three things.


Tools for Productivity (hint: see Free Tools)



Learn about the study of productivity, with videos and courses

Master Productivity: Productivity Levels (pdf based on posts at The 2Time Mgt Blog)


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29 comments on “Time management 101
  1. I like your list. Thanks for the link!

  2. bwoods says:

    This is a great list you have put together. I am saving it and will be revisiting often.

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