I am a member of the Williamsburg Business Networking group. We are not a typical networking group whose primary goal is to expand reach using new business leads from other members. Yes, we do pass each other leads when appropriate, but more importantly, we help each other improve and grow our companies through better business practices. One of those techniques is time management.
We have done personality assessments to coach us when dealing with clients and co-workers. We have guest speakers from the community to discuss business development. Lately we have been reading. As a writer and publisher, you can imagine that this thrills me to no end. Although the genre is not strictly within my pleasure-reading wheelhouse, the books we pick are extremely helpful.
We recently completed 15 Secrets of Successful People Know about Time Management by Kevin Kruse. I highly recommend this book to anyone that has a busy life.
I’m pretty well organized. I’m involved in many different volunteer organizations with ranging interests. Since I retired from the Air Force a year ago, my publishing company has grown very quickly. With that, I have started to undergo the pressure of being pulled in many different directions.
Kruse’s book has helped me feel more in control of my busy days. He outlines 15 suggestions to help you get—and stay—organized. It’s an easy-read so I zipped through it quickly the first time around. I had to make myself go back and read it one chapter at a time and actually implement what he was suggesting.
At the sake of giving away the ending, I will tell you that it will work for you if you let it. All 15 ideas may not fit into your life, but if even one or two do, it’s worth the read.
The concept he starts with is the Power of 1440. Kruse describes coming to the realization that there are only 1,440 minutes in a day. Don’t count in hours. It’s easy to notice if you waste an hour. But what about those 20 minutes you waste playing a quick video game? (I’ll come back to that in a later post.) If you could gain back those 20 minutes and knock out a task that would save you time elsewhere, wouldn’t it be worth it?
Share this thought with your family, co-workers, subordinates. Let them help you gain back that time with fewer interruptions.
In my next few posts, I’m going to go through his other secrets. In the meantime, check out his book so you can join with me to share what you’ve learned and how it’s helped you with time management.