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The Three-Minute Hour

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Tip99The three-minute hour is fun, fast and effective. You’ll love it! Here’s how it works. Set aside an hour in your office to not be interrupted. Get together every loose end you can think of that you can do in three minutes or less, and do them.

Focus on such things as notes you’ve made on little pieces of paper, short calls where people are waiting for a quick answer. File loose papers, make dinner reservations and any other activities you can do in three minutes or less. If it can’t be done in three minutes or less, don’t do it.

At the end of the hour, your loose ends will be done and you’ll feel a great sense of accomplishment.

80% of time management problems are self-imposed

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Many feel that eighty percent of their time management problems come from others when, in reality, eighty percent are self-imposed.

There are at least twenty self-imposed habits that cannibalize time. Here are four examples: unwilling to say no, attempting too much, procrastination, and insufficient planning. Do you own any of these?

The good news is we can control self-imposed time wasters with practice and discipline. Remember what we were told as children: “When we point our finger at somebody else, there are four pointing back at us.”

Control the four time wasters mentioned above and other self imposed problems, and you’ll be an incredible time manager. Then other people won’t be your problem!

Use a talk file to avoid interrupting others – Tip

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One of the best time management tips I ever learned was the use of a “talk file.” If you communicate with a number of people on an on-going basis, you could label an index tab in your planning tool “talk file.” Then put a sheet of paper in that section for each person with whom you communicate.

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Ruts, Routines, Rituals

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A rut is a routine with a series of bad habits that we do over, and over, and over again. Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Coincidence? I don’t think so.

We get in to ruts at work, in relationships, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Today we are going to focus on time management ruts.

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