Time Management Lessons … in your 20s?

Time Management LessonsWhat I Wish I Knew at Age 22The Business Insider published an article entitled, 20 Time-Management Lessons Everyone Should Learn In Their 20s. At that age, most of us had just graduated from college and starting the long career adventure.

There are probably a few things you wish you knew then that you know now. When you’re just starting your career, you need all the help you can get managing your time. Even when you’re working hard, you could be wasting a tremendous amount of time either by trying to multitask or by focusing too much on minute details.

Here is a link to the full article. However, here are five that resonate with me.

1. Days always fill up faster than you’d expect. Build in some buffer time. As the founder of Ruby on Rails and Basecamp, David Heinemeier Hansson said, “Only plan on four to five hours of real work per day.”

2. Work more when you’re in the zone. Relax when you’re not. Some days you’ll be off your game, and other times you’ll be able to maintain your focus for 12 hours straight. Take advantage of those days.

3. Stop multitasking. It kills your focus. There have been academic studies that found the brain expends energy as it readjusts its focus from one item to the next. If you’re spending your day multitasking, you’re exhausting your brain.

4. We’re always more focused and productive with limited time. Work always seems to find a way of filling the space allotted for it, so set shorter time limits for each task.

5. Work iteratively. Expectations to do things perfectly are stifling. Gen. George S. Patton once said, “A good plan executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week.”

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James E. McClain is the author of Successful Career Development: A Game Plan, the book upon which some of our training programs are based. He has over 30 years' experience as a corporate HR executive, small business owner with ongoing experience in career development and as a college instructor. His educational background includes a B.S. and Masters degrees Education and Certification in Financial Planning. Our promise is that "you can pay more for training but you can not buy better training." The mission is to deliver the most effective and cost effective training and development programs.

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