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Time Management Reminders that Boost Efficiency, Peace of Mind

Slow down and remember this: Most things make no difference. Being busy is a form of laziness—lazy thinking and indiscriminate action. … Being selective—doing less—is the path of the productive. Focus on the important few and ignore the rest. … It’s easy to get caught in a flood of minutiae, and the key to not feeling rushed is remembering that lack of time is actually lack of priorities.[1]

Begin with the end in mind.[2]

First things first.

Don’t just list priorities; schedule them.

Schedule only two or three “big rocks.”

Chunk tasks together, like with like.

Process email quickly.

Finally, for peace of mind, alternate between getting things done and enjoying the moment.[3]

Roben Torosyan is the associate director of the Center for Academic Excellence and assistant professor in the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions at Fairfield University.

Note: All the ideas above are not mine but drawn heavily from the works cited below.

[1] Ferriss, T. (2007). The 4-hour work week: Escape 9-5, live anywhere, and join the new rich. New York: Random House/Crown.

[2] Slim summary: Covey, S. R. (2003). The 7 habits of highly effective people personal workbook. New York: Simon & Schuster.

[3] Lyubomirsky, S. (2008). The how of happiness: A scientific approach to getting the life you want. New York: Penguin.

Excerpted from “Time Management Reminders to Myself.” Academic Leader, 26.11 (2010): 8.