Home » Featured, Personal Growth

Personal Growth: Time Management

13 August 2010 25 Comments

When it comes to progressing in your personal life, your career, and your general lifestyle, time management is an important piece. Time management can easily become the difference between a productive day-to-day existence and a completely unproductive day-to-day existence. Time management can be the difference between having quality time to spend with your spouse or kids. Time management can be the difference between being able to launch a second income stream while keeping your regular job or just being stuck in your normal nine-to-five existence.

Needless to say, time management is critically important and is something we should spend a great deal of our energy improving in our lives.

Enemies of Effective Time Management

  • Television – I recently heard a statistic that the average adult watches nine years of television during their lifespan.  That is absolutely insane.  Think of what you could accomplish in nine full years – the equivalent of almost 79,000 hours.  You could solve some serious problems in that time!  Or you could create some serious memories in that time (much better than a funny episode of Seinfeld from 10 years ago).  Cut back your television watching drastically.  Consider getting rid of it if you’re somewhat radical.
  • The Internet – While I work online a great deal, the aimless browsing that often comes with being on the internet is a huge time waster.  The main culprits?  Facebook, ESPN.com, other blogs, etc. but I’d guess that Facebook is most people’s #1 time waster.  Get off these websites and start using your time more wisely.
  • Telephone – This isn’t really a time waster for me, but I know it is for some people.  Some people talk for hours on the phone about the smallest, most irrelevant aspects of life.  Not to step on anyone’s toes here, but I think females tend to “over-analyze” things on the phone – correct me if I’m wrong.  Anyways, get off the phone!
  • Disorganized Lifestyle – Being disorganized in life is definitely an enemy of time management.  While not everyone has a personality that lends itself towards structure, discipline and organization in their lives, everyone who expects to being able to manage their time well needs to have some element of organization and structure in their lives.  Otherwise, you will likely manage your time very poorly.

Easy Ways To Improve Your Time Management

  • Get Organized – This is number one.  Get organized in the various areas of your life. This might mean a neater living area, organizing household items, or organizing your business area and desk.  Getting organized saves time in the long run and will make you more efficient.
  • Plan Out Your Days – Similar to the last point, this is essentially organizing your day.  Even if you have a million things to do, you should take five minutes and map out what you plan to accomplish and in what order.  Create a checklist basically for your day.  Then, start knocking them out.  You’ll be surprised how energy efficient this is and how much you are able to get done.
  • Don’t Check Email So Often – This one is from the Four Hour Work Week book.  He checks his email twice a day.  The alternative which most of us do, including myself, is keep our email open all day and respond every single time an email comes in.  This means I stop what I’m doing and respond to email approximately 100 times a day.  It’s terribly inefficient.  Try the alternative.

What Is Possible

By improving your time management, you might be able to get more done in your life that you actually want to get done.  A recent comment in the discussion forums here at 20smoney, somebody mentioned a side income as a pipe dream.  The reason for it only being a pipe dream is probably due to lack of time.  By improving his time management, maybe the pipe dream becomes a reality?

Time management is something we will always strive to improve over the course of our lives.  It’s vital to a productive existence and its vital to a quality work/life balance – both things I desire and you probably do as well.  I would never have been able to get this blog off the ground while working a job and having a family all simultaneously had I not implemented some level of effective time management – and I have major improvements to go still!


  • Kişisel Gelişim said:

    Thanks to a helpful article

  • Alevinos said:

    Disorganized Lifestyle is my big problem. I will follow your day, thank you

  • Frank P said:

    Time management is vital – especially as everyone else has a massive problem with it. This can gain you an advantage.

  • Bell Kneifl said:

    Good morning, I’m very upset about this and I’m not sure if this is the best thing that could probably happen. If you have little news about this please email me.(This is urgent to me)

  • Hollis Adee said:

    Hi, I’m badly disturbed about this and I’m not sure if this is the best thing that could possibly happen. If you have some news about that please email me.(This is urgent to me)

  • Marlin Ocken said:

    Hi, I’m doing like your post and I have some questions to you. Where did you find informations for your blog post? In papers, maybe in journal or lexicon, or only randomly on the Web? Please respond :).

  • james741 said:

    Hi, I'm badly disturbed about this and I'm not sure if this is the best thing that could possibly happen. If you have some news about that please email me.(This is urgent to me)

  • muscadine grapes for sale said:

    I think this is one of the most vital information for me. And i’m glad reading your article. But wanna remark on some general things, The website style is great, the articles is really nice :-D. Good job, kind regards,

  • vacation rentals said:

    Wow, wonderful blog site layout! How long have you been blogging for? you made blogging look easy. The overall look of your web site is great, let alone the content!

  • Rosette Habig said:

    Excellent site. I was skimming this page and I am impressed! Very useful info specially the beginning. 🙂 I look for this information a lot but sometimes can’t find it . I was searching for this this particular information for a long time. Thank you and good luck.

  • flbuzz said:

    I agree with you,
    and i also have problem about time management.
    I am waste of time by watching television too much.
    I will try to improve time management following your recommended.
    Thank you.

  • Instant Affiliate Payday Review said:

    Thank you for sharing superb informations. Your site is very cool. I am impressed by the details that you¡¦ve on this site. It reveals how nicely you understand this subject. Bookmarked this website page, will come back for extra articles. You, my friend, ROCK! I found simply the information I already searched all over the place and just could not come across. What a perfect web-site.

  • bangalore apartments said:

    Time management is a must for youngsters!!`

  • branding london said:

    Nice post. I was checking constantly this blog and I am impressed! Very useful information specially the last part 🙂 I care for such info much. I was seeking this certain information for a very long time. Thank you and best of luck.

  • testowe said:

    When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get three emails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove people from that service? Appreciate it!

  • Riva Crabill said:

    Good day! I simply want to give a huge thumbs up for the nice information you’ve got here on this post. I will be coming back to your weblog for extra soon.

  • Hip Hop Mens Jewelry said:

    None. I love it!

  • Rich said:

    Interesting. I would say my main problem is checking e-mails all the time and spending too much time on Facebook haha

    9 years watching TV, that sounds like a huge waste of your life.


  • Anita said:

    Yeah, people instead of live, they waste their lives in these virtual worlds. Of course, nowadays it is almost impossible to survive without internet, etc but this doesn't mean that you need to be stuck in it for hours and hours.

    Nice article!

  • Payday Loans said:

    Great post about time management

  • Inside Hub Review said:

    I’d like to know is this a wordpress blog? or does it use blogger iterface? let me know!

  • Wesley Trembley said:

    Thank you for another great article. The place else could anybody get that kind of information in such a perfect means of writing? I have a presentation next week, and I am at the search for such info.

  • ezhanebrand said:

    cheapest jerseys Shizhen surprised, "Paul Chun, Paul Chun." Corridor lights bright side open.

    aaron maybin jersey Long transfer to your apartment, you do not know? Shizhen mouth open. zrf5std

    marshawn lynch authentic jersey Shizhen now know, that is anesthetic, will be heard for a long time dizziness, and hallucinations.

    marshawn lynch jersey Confrontation between the two sides do not seem to know each other, but some wonder why encountered in here dressed like themselves who do not know each other because of the purpose, the two parties only as the glances, ready to open shot.
    http://www.cheapestjerseyswholesale.com However, she explained how the physical scars and the cocoon that the disappearance? How can we explain the worse than the original length of the physical and immunity?

  • ezhanebrand said:

    purple uggs boots Squad leader a voice interrupted Xu Biao is telling, Xu Biao looked back and saw the tears of the same Li Bin, just rub a bit busy, random tears with a wry smile.

    uggs boots for sale Several other scouts? Continued the captain inquired summer, lest neglect any details. http://www.hotbootsshop.com"

  • mazapoint said:

    I occupation online a enormous arrangement, the purposeless browsing that habitually draw closer with person on the internet is a giant time degenerate.