I recently worked with a client on improving their time management skills and passed along a few of these tips on what not to do. From Tim Ferriss (author of The 4-Hour Work Week) these time management tips are priceless. My favorites are numbers 1, 2 and 5 (especially #5). How many of these "Don'ts" do you practice? Are you surprised that they're on a time management list?
1. Do not answer unrecognized phone calls
2. Do not e-mail first thing in the morning or last thing at night
3. Do not agree to meetings or calls with no clear agenda or end time
4. Do not let people ramble—forget "how's it going?" and embrace "what's up?"
5. Do not check e-mail constantly—"batch" and check at set times only
6. Do not over-communicate with low-profit, high-maintenance customers
7. Do not work more to fix overwhelm — prioritize
8. Do not carry a cellphone or Crackberry 24/7, seven days a week—make evenings and/or Saturdays digital leash-free.
9. Do not expect work to fill a void that non-work relationships and activities should
via Tim Ferriss
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