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How to make more time

I have a collection of glossy, sexy, life-changing Time Management books. All are gathering dust.

Why? Because you don’t change your habits just by reading a book. To change long-practised behaviour and instinctive responses is extremely difficult. It’s been said that you need to do something differently for 18 days running before your brain grows new synapses, and you can call it a habit.

So let’s keep it simple. Let’s make some time, and then use it wisely...on one sheet of paper:

1: Define your TIME THIEVES: then work to eliminate them

  • In 5 minutes, write down the things that steal your time
  • Next to them, write down tactics/strategies to prevent/control/manage/avoid each one

2: Define your GOALS

  • Write down on one page the essential/critical things you want to achieve by when.
  • Carry this with you everywhere:
  • Review it every day
  • Put a copy on the board behind your screen
  • Make it your screen desktop.

And remember these wise words from Thomas Huxley, Biologist (1825-1895):

“Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not; it is the first lesson that ought to be learned; and however early a man’s training begins, it is probably the last lesson that he learns thoroughly.”

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