5 Core Time Management Principles of Highly Productive People

5 core time management principles of highly productive peopleWould you like to know some of the best time management principles that will make YOU more productive, so you can have more fun outside of your business?

There’s a few simple things you can do that will help with that. Productivity is super important, otherwise you will be trapped in your business 24/7.

In this article you’re going to learn 5 of my favorite time management principles. Feel free to share this with anyone who would benefit from these.

1.Prioritize

First and foremost, whenever you feel like you have too much on your plate, you must prioritize. And trust me, you will always have too much on your place, when growing a business. It’s just a part of the process. So you should learn how to say “no” to certain things and say “yes to what really matters.

Let’s assume, you have 10 different tasks that you want to complete today. Do you think it is realistic? Probably not. However, it also depends on the complexity of each task. Once you know your 10 tasks, cut it down to 5 and then to 3, that are a total MUST. Your business won’t grow if you don’t complete them today. It most likely is going to be your daily mode of operation that consists of the income producing activities.

What about the other 5-7 tasks? Put them off. There’s nothing wrong with that. Do what’s important first. The rest can wait and be done later. That’s the first step to becoming more productive. 

2.Focus

One of the core time management principles is “avoid multi-tasking“. I will say, that if you’re good at this, rock on! But if you’re the type of person that can’t focus on multiple things at the same time, by all means, don’t try. You will just end up losing a ton of time (and you can’t get it back).

If you have 3 or 5 different tasks that you’re trying to accomplish in one day, better do them ONE AT A TIME. Although, I’m a huge fan of multi-tasking, I have to say it doesn’t always serve me well. I’m so much more productive when I put my blinders on and complete one task before moving on to the next one. Seriously, just try it out. And it leads me to the third principle..

3.Minimize Distractions

You probably know what the worst distraction is? Yeah, it’s the Internet, especially our phones with those never-ending notifications. If you’re working on something that doesn’t require you to use the phone, just put it away (yes, even in a separate room so there’s no temptation to check if your friend posted a vacation update). You are wasting SO MUCH time constantly checking on your phone.

We all have that mentality that something’s going to happen if we don’t check the phone notifications. Stop it! In the last year I’ve gone to several tours while traveling, and there was no data at all.. Crazy, huh? And you know what, after getting it back 4-8 hours later nothing happened! So nothing’s going to happen if you don’t check your phone for an hour or so.

Your business will thank you so much though, because you will spend less time on the necessary activities. And that means you can spend more time with your family and doing the things outside of business. Well, and yeah, you’ll be able to check your phone notifications sooner too!

In the video below I go over 2 more very important time management principles. So if you feel like you’re already doing some of these things but still not feeling as productive, watch the video and share it with your friends.

5 Core Time Management Principles

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18 thoughts on “5 Core Time Management Principles of Highly Productive People”

  1. Dr. Lisa Thompson

    Great Stuff Jelena

    I’ve minimized my distractions big time by working in silence. When I do need some background noise I will put in classical or Gregorian Chant music to help me focus.

    Dr. Lisa

  2. Prioritize. Certainly. Many people waste an hour or 2 each day watching TV, Netflix or on social media. It might not seem like much but that can add up. That’s 10-14 hours each week! What if that was put towards your dreams. Great post as always

  3. Great minds think alike, today, FOCUS, Laser FOCUS was on my mind and I wrote about a Book I read, well Listened to: The One Thing! Time management is absolutely essential if one is to build success. Time blocking is one of the ways of doing that. And When we do One action at a time without distractions, we can track our results as we go. Thanks for sharing Jelena 🙂

  4. Hey Jelena, thank you for sharing your favorite time management principles. Great way of saving time is to use tools that will help you to do things faster but still to maintain good quality of execution. Today we have so many tools that can help you no matter what industry you are into, the key is to find those that will save your time for real and not waste it.

  5. Prioritizing and focus are epic. They changed the game for me and I know if anyone actually follows through they’ll win the lottery as well.

    Thanks for sharing.

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