Who could be busier than the CEO of Virgin, the President of the USA or the CEO of Apple? Sometimes I have this revelation that I have the same 1440 minutes every day that the busiest people in the world do and I go WOW! What could I learn from them? How could I improve my time management?
Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group
“I learned to delegate from a young age.…I try to exercise every day – whether it is a swim, a game of tennis or a kite-surf …. Manage the BlackBerry, don’t let it manage you….Speak to people – I do get a lot of emails every day and try to answer as many as I can; but I also believe that you need to speak to people. It can save you and them a lot of time….And write it down – I carry notebooks wherever I go to jot down thoughts and notes. You can’t beat pen and paper.”
President Dwight Eisenhower, President of the USA
“Most things which are urgent are not important, and most things which are important are not urgent.” The Eisenhower method is used successfully by many people today. All tasks are evaluated using the criteria important/unimportant and urgent/not urgent and put in according quadrants.
Steve Jobs, Apple Founder & CEO
“Say No to 1,000 Things” – Watching athletes prepare for the Olympic Games I see people who are living this very quote. They remain single minded, laser focused. They constantly have to say “No” to a thousand things to win their race and reach their goal. Steve Jobs was known for simplifying things. When he returned to Apple in 1997, he took their 300 products and reduced it to 10. This saved Apple from bankruptcy. In his personal life, Steve decided to wear the same outfit daily so he wouldn’t have to spend time thinking about his wardrobe.
By learning to delegate more, managing your emails, dealing with the urgent and learning to say ‘no’ we can successfully manage our time and still have some time to exercise and enjoy life.
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