Find more time for what's most important. Learn the 5 key time management strategies (from saying "no" to overcoming perfectionism) to reduce distractions and stay focused on what matters.
(chime music) - Welcome, I'm Chris Croft. I've been teaching time management for nearly 20 years. And all that time I've been trying out the theories and methods that the books teach. Collecting and filtering to find just the best stuff. And now at last I can make this course and record it all just for you. Time management is such an important subject. It won't just change your life, it is your life. Your life is only time and we need to get the most out of it.
I think we all feel that we don't have enough time. But is there really any way to get more time, apart from giving up on sleep. Well yes there is, because although the total amount of time you have is fixed, the amount of useful time is variable. In fact, the amount of time that people spend on important things varies a lot. So in this course, I'm gonna look at how we can get more time for the important things. Which means spending less time on the unimportant things using the only five ways that will then allow you to get more done.
I'll show you how to get a whole extra month per year. And that's not just a month of the usual messy days full of emails and meetings and traffic jams. It's an extra month of pure, uninterrupted time. Along the way I'll explain why buying food isn't important. Having fun is important. I'll confess to some of my psychological issues and we'll even touch on the meaning of life. So let's get started.
The first—saying no—is simple in theory, but hard in practice. Chris explains how to reclaim the power of "no" to make room for true priority items. The second step, negotiation, allows you to spend less time on unimportant tasks. The third way is to delegate sometimes, and the fourth is improving systems and processes so that repetitive tasks are quickly and easily managed. Last but not least, Chris explains how to overcome perfectionism and nitpicking. He explains how to apply the five methods to all time-stealers, including meetings, interruptions, and more.
In the initial chapters, he'll help you clarify your life and work goals, prioritize to-dos using Eisenhower's matrix of tasks, and answers questions like "Does working longer hours actually get more done?" The worksheets included with the exercise files will help you apply the lessons to your own work and life, and hone your time management skills—one step at a time.
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- Discover why you need to make the most of every day.
- Assess how to separate important from urgent items.
- Define Eisenhower's matrix of tasks.
- Determine how to find more time for important things.
- Discover how to say no.
- Prepare to negotiate tasks.
- Develop your delegation skills to save time.
- Improve your systems.