My students and clients ask me all the time how I manage to fit everything I seek to do each week. I learned so much from two sources in particular – Lee Cockerell (Creating Magic) and Tim Ferriss (The Four Hour Workweek) – as well as from learning how to delegate and manage downtime.
Some of the things I find that work the best in managing my time.
1. Having one full “downtime day” a week. This means no work, no thinking about work, no correspondence. For me, this is Sunday (and half of Saturday).
2. Learning to let other people do what they do best so I can do what I do best. This means finding systems, processes, and people that allow you to delegate or share the workload with those who are more talented than you.
3. Doing things and handling things once where possible (including mail, email, writing papers).
4. Sequentially handling tasks instead of multitasking. This leads to better results and more focus on the task at hand.
What are your best practices in time management? Let me know my commenting or emailing me privately at firstname.lastname@example.org