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15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management Summary


Take a minute from your life and list the things you value. Your list may include, family, friends, health, wealth, and time.

In your list, you can get everything back, but once you lose your time. You’ll never have it again.

You might say your spouse world to you. But fifty percent of married people get divorced and then married again, suddenly a new person will become the love of life.

Take an A4 size paper and write down 1440 on it.

As you have only 1440 minutes in a day and once the time is gone. You’ll not get it back. Keep reminding yourself you have limited time.

Crystal clear morning routine of successful people.

Successful people begin the day with drinking water, workout, meditation, gratitude, writing a journal, listening to podcasts and audiotapes, and having a healthy breakfast.

Investing the starting 60 minutes of a day in strengthening the mind, and body.

Hal Elrod, the author of the miracle morning also credits his morning routine for his success.

He belief, you should start your day with discipline and dedicate time for personal development.

The concept of morning miracle is not to do more to achieve more, but to enhance your knowledge so you can do less and achieve more.

Time management; depend on energy, not on time.

The ultimate secret of time management is not the time. As you can’t manage your time no matter what you do.

But time management means is to get more done with less stress. And the real secret to do more is to maximize your energy.

Do you fall asleep at your desk?

Do you feel sleepy an hour or two after having lunch?

If the answer is yes. Then you need to understand that physical and mental energy varies with time. And hamper your productivity.

Here is a handy trick you can use to have more energy.

  • Schedule your time for rest and refocus.
  • Instead of doing all at once take a recharge break of 5-10 minutes after every 60 to 90 minutes.
  • Develop a workout habit in the morning. As it gives you a quick boost of energy.
  • Never sacrifice sleep for productivity.
  • Set a deadline for everything you do. As deadline enhance your focus and fade away distraction.

Drawback of to-do list.

What is to-do list?

A to-do list is a wish-list, where you write a series of tasks you need to complete before the end of the day.

But, the drawback of a to-do list, it doesn’t differentiate between the task that requires an hour to do or a minute. Plus, it also not differentiates tasks that need low willpower or high.

When you grab your to-do list in your hand, you’ll have lists of tasks to do. Chances are you’ll pick the one that is easy to do.

Here I’m not saying to-do list is bad. It’s useful in some cases. Especially when you are a newbie and you want to complete tasks.

In this case, the to-do is like a baby walker. That helps you to go through the day and have your tasks completed.

But, if you create a long to-do list, it’ll cause you stress. And, at the end of the day, you’ll still have some pending tasks on your list to do.

However, successful people use calendar, instead of to-do list, to manage time. Calendar helps you to do things at a specific date, without any stress.

Find your MIT and wipe out before the end of a day.

MIT is the most important task, the task you need to complete before the end of the day. You have to find your one thing. Find one thing. The one thing that contributes to your life.

Once you find your most important task. The next step is to find activities that help you to do it.

Your goal must be specific and measurable so you can measure your progress with time. Make a habit of investing the morning hours in doing the important tasks. And even try to complete your important tasks in the first two hours.

Turn off your phone, so you can protect yourself from the interruption of mails and calls.

Morning hours are productive hours. You can do unpleasant tasks, the task that requires willpower, in the morning. As you know, in morning hours brain performance is at a peak.

Split your work.

Split your task into three categories: Drop, delegate, and redesign.


The tasks you can omit.


The tasks you can outsource from other.

Outsourcing is a process to cut the burden from your shoulder and get the task done. With internet access and project management tools like Asana or Slack.

You can work with the team at a remote location.


To work with this rule, you need to make a list of all the activities you need to complete before the end of the day.

Once you make a list and grab in your hand, find out the task that you can outsource. So you can outsource the low-value tasks. As this will help you to put your energy on important tasks.

Even you need to think and find the alternative effective way to do your work.

The 80/20 Rule.

In the garden of Pareto, he notices that twenty percent of the pea plant produces 80 percent of the peapods. And then he analysis 80 percent of the output depends upon the 20 percent of the work.

Example: 80 percent profit comes from 20 percent customer. 80 percent time you spend with 20 percent friends and family members.

The take away is to find your 20 percent tasks that give you an 80 percent outcome. Once you find your 20 percent you can free up yourself to do other activities you love to do.

Have three treasures of life.

Jim Rohn a self-made millionaire guide to have three treasures to become a wealthy, healthy, powerful and unique individual.

The first treasure is to have a lot of pictures. As pictures bring happiness on your face.

The second treasure is your library. Develop a habit of reading books. And set up your library.

The third treasure is to make a journal, writing journal helps you to control emotions and feelings. Even I suggest you to write your journey as well as your ideas that pop in your head.

Successful people always to journalism and carry a notebook to collect thoughts. You can even check out the notebook images of 20 famous people.

A flood of Request.

Once you acquire some kind of business or financial success. You’ll begin to receive offers for coffee, lunch, and dinner.

Email, social media, text message makes it a lot more easily for other people to contact you. But you’ve to understand, in every yes, you’re saying no to something else’s.

Instead of feeling guilty to say no. Allow yourself to say no to everything that doesn’t support your goal.

Successful people plan meeting with agenda.

An effective meeting begins with an effective plan. Plan your meeting agenda. You can use the tip to enhance your meeting output.

Define the purpose of the meeting. And even analyze every participant. Because the rule is the less participant is better.

In research, it finds out, stand up meeting is effective and takes shorter time to reach the decision. However, sit down meeting, take more time to reach the decision. And even produce the decision of less quality.

Sorting your email.

How you read emails?

If you are like most people who click on each mail as soon as it appears in the inbox and read the first few lines.

However, you did not reply to emails, as you open up. You’ll go through the first few lines, and then close it.

After some time, you do all over again. You open each mail and then reply. A very powerful tactic you can use is to touch it once.

Once you open your mail act immediately. If you want to connect with the sender at a specific time, set an appointment on the calendar.

De-Clutter your mind.

Make a habit to carry a notebook and pen in your pocket.

Keep in mind to capturing everything in notes, instead of putting in your head.

Notes help you to remember everything. And it works as an external brain. Also, reduce the burden from your conscious mind. And relax your brain from the minute details of everyday life.

An Accountability Partner to have an eye on you.

Procrastinating is the habit of doing unimportant and pleasurable tasks than important tasks. To beat procrastination, you should learn two concepts.

1. You procrastinate because you lack motivation and energy, to work on your goal.

2. Procrastination comes from when you’re not working on your dream. That’s why your plans aren’t motivating you to do the tasks.

To stop procrastination, and to focus on your most significant task, you should have an accountability partner.

The partner to keep an eye on you, either you’re working or not.

If you make a promise, that you’ll execute a specific task. Then you’ll less likely to procrastinate. Because nobody likes to break promises with love once.

Time management to do things you love.

Sheryl Sandberg, the Facebook COO leaves work at 5 pm. Andy Grove the former President leaves work at 6 pm. Here the intent is to leave the office when the time is up, not when you complete the work.

You don’t need to burn hours, putting a cross mark in front of yours to-do list.

Instead, think how you can schedule a time for each activity. Create a timetable and start working on it, from the morning hours.

I even suggest you withdrawal the spare time from your busy schedule to do what you love. It’s about prioritizing. If something is important to you, you’ll always find the time to do it.

George W. Bush value reading, he reads two books a week. As he loves to read books, so he always finds time to reads it.

There is no perfect system that works for everyone. And you don’t need to execute the entire secret to become more productive. Hit and trial every method to figure out the method that suits you.

At Last: Here are my favorite Quotes from this book.

  • If you are not busy working on your own goals, you will be working to achieve somebody else’s goals. ― Kevin Kruse.
  • Highly successful people take immediate action on almost every item they encounter. ― Kevin Kruse.
  • You need to start paying other people to do stuff for you even before you feel you are ready. ― Kevin Kruse.
  • The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say ‘no’ to almost everything. — Warren Buffett.
  • We always underestimate how hard it is to be our best self in the present moment. ― Kevin Kruse.

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Above article is the extract version of the book “15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management” written by “Kevin Kruse”.

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