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TIME MANAGEMENT American Management Association / www.amanet.org American Management Association / www.amanet.org TIME MANAGEMENT BRIAN TRACY AMERICAN MANAGEMENT ASSOCIATION . . . . New York Atlanta Brussels Chicago Mexico City . . . . San Francisco Shanghai Tokyo Toronto Washington,D.C. American Management Association / www.amanet.org Bulk discounts available. For details visit: www.amacombooks.org/go/specialsales Or contact special sales: Phone: 800-250-5308 / E-mail: [email protected] View all the AMACOM titles at: www.amacombooks.org This publication is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered. It is sold with the understanding that the publisher is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting, or other professional service. If legal advice or other expert assistance is required, the services of a com- petent professional person should be sought. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Tracy, Brian. Time management / Brian Tracy. pages cm Includes index. ISBN-13: 978-0-8144-3343-0 ISBN-10: 0-8144-3343-X 1. Time management. I. Title. HD69.T54T727 2014 650.1'1—dc23 2013037775 © 2013 Brian Tracy All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. This publication may not be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in whole or in part, in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopy- ing, recording, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of AMACOM, a division of American Management Association, 1601 Broadway, New York, NY 10019. About AMA American Management Association (www.amanet.org) is a world leader in talent development, advancing the skills of individuals to drive business success. Our mission is to support the goals of individuals and organizations through a complete range of products and services, including classroom and virtual seminars, webcasts, webinars, podcasts, conferences, corporate and government solutions, business books, and research. AMA’s approach to improving performance com- bines experiential learning—learning through doing—with opportunities for ongo- ing professional growth at every step of one’s career journey. Printing number 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 American Management Association / www.amanet.org C O N T E N T S Introduction 1 1 The Psychology of Time Management 4 2 Determine Your Values 10 3 Think About Your Vision and Mission 15 4 Project Forward, Look Backward 20 5 Make Written Plans 25 6 Chart Your Projects 29 7 Create Your Daily “To-Do” List 34 8 Set Clear Priorities 40 9 Stay on Track 47 10 Determine Your Key Result Areas 53 American Management Association / www.amanet.org 11 Delegate to Others 59 12 Concentrate Single-Mindedly 62 13 Overcome Procrastination 67 14 Create Blocks of Time 71 15 Control Interruptions 75 16 Batch Your Tasks 78 17 Manage the Telephone 81 18 Conduct Effective Meetings 85 19 Read Faster, Remember More 89 20 Invest in Personal Development 93 21 Organize Your Work Space 96 Conclusion 98 Index 101 About the Author 105 Free Sample Chapter from Success Under Stress 107 American Management Association / www.amanet.org Introduction YOUR ABILITY TOmanage your time, as much as any other practice in your career as an executive, will determine your success or failure. Time is the one indispensable and irre- placeable resource of accomplishment. It is your most pre- cious asset. It cannot be saved, nor can it be recovered once lost. Everything you have to do requires time, and the better you use your time, the more you will accomplish, and the greater will be your rewards. Time management is essential for maximum health and personal effectiveness. The degree to which you feel in con- trol of your time and your life is a major determinant of your level of inner peace, harmony, and mental well-being. A feel- ing of being “out of control” of your time is the major source of stress, anxiety, and depression. The better you can organize American Management Association / www.amanet.org 2 TIME MANAGEMENT and control the critical events of your life, the better you will feel, moment to moment, the more energy you will have, the better you will sleep, and the more you will get done. It is possible for you to gain two productive hours each working day, or even double your output and your produc- tivity, by using the ideas and methods taught in this book. These techniques have proven successful for many thou- sands of executives in every field of endeavor, and they will prove successful for you, too, as long as you have what I call the four Ds. The Four Ds of Effectiveness The first D is desire: You must have an intense, burning desire to get your time under control and to achieve maxi- mum effectiveness. The second D is decisiveness: You must make a clear deci- sion that you are going to practice good time management techniques until they become a habit. The third D stands for determination: You must be willing to persist in the face of all temptations to the contrary until you have become an effective time manager. Your desire will reinforce your determination. And finally, the most important key to success in life, the fourth D, is discipline: You must discipline yourself to make time management a lifelong practice. Effective discipline is the willingness to force yourself to pay the price, and to do what you know you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not. This is critical for success. American Management Association / www.amanet.org INTRODUCTION 3 The payoff for becoming an excellent time manager is huge. It is the outwardly identifiable quality of a high per- former vs. a low performer. All winners in life use their time well. All poor performers in life use their time poorly. One of the most important rules for success is simply to “form good habits and make them your masters.” In this book, you will learn how to form good habits and then let them form you. What you will learn in this book are the twenty-one most important solutions to effective time management that almost all highly productive people have discovered and incorporated into their lives. Remember that time management is really life manage- ment. Good time management and personal productivity begins by valuing your life, and every minute of that life. Do What You Can, with What You Have, Right Where You Are You should say to yourself, “My life is precious and impor- tant, and I value every single minute and hour of it. I am going to use those hours properly so that I accomplish the most I can, in the time that I have.” The good news is that time management is a business skill, and all business skills are learnable. Time management is like riding a bicycle, typing on a keyboard, or playing a sport. It is made up of a series of methods, strategies, and techniques. It is a skill set that you can learn, practice, and master with determination and repetition. 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