Now, it's Your Turn

Posted by: Jena McGregor on July 28

A month of helpful posts from our guest bloggers, Linda Stone, Julie Morgenstern, and David Allen have generated some great ideas for staying organized, becoming more productive, and managing our time and attention. Julie reminded us to never check email in the morning. Linda suggested more time for reflection. And David reminded us not to get too attached to technology. Those are just some of the many helpful hints they’ve offered up.

Now that the experts have spoken, it’s our turn. I spoke with someone the other day that gave me a tip I’m going to try to implement myself: Create a stop-doing list, along with a to-do list. Make a list of the things you’re going to try to stop doing, and check that as often as the list of things you have to do. It’s just as important to not getting overloaded with tasks that are unimportant, that others could be doing, or that just shouldn’t be taking up your time.

Now, I’m asking you: What are the time management secrets you put to use every day? How do you manage the email deluge? What are the ideas you implement to get from your coffee-fueled commute and back home again to the people you really care about? Please leave your ideas here. We’ll print the best ones in a reader-generated list of time management tips in BusinessWeek Magazine.

Reader Comments

Raddafa

July 29, 2008 09:16 PM

I agree with Dean's comment that purpose is essential. At the same time, I find that Allen's method for dealing with what has my attention now is great for relieving the stress of THIS day so I can focus on tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow and fulfilling my burning life purpose. It's hard to fly free at 40-50,000 feet when the runway is cluttered with unfinished business from yesterday. Apologies to Will and David, respectively, for paraphrasing ing their quotes and models. Readers reminded to refer to the sources.

Dave Fletcher

July 28, 2008 04:31 PM

Reference filing:
I've seen some enormously complicated filing systems for emails and documents. They must make sense at some time, but why not use technology to find things rather than spend the time/effort to categorize and then recall each tidbit?

First, you can create a title that makes sense. Even if you get an email with the subject of "answer" you can elaborate on that subject prior to filling. Do the same for documents.

Second, use SEARCH tools to find things rather than your memory on where you put them. Use BIG buckets for filing, then use search to find specifics. Saves on filing time and finding time.

Dean Fuhrman

July 28, 2008 11:25 AM

If you really want to manage you time well and get stuff done, have a burning life / work purpose that is a beacon for what you do. The lists, the hacks, and all that stuff while useful tools pale in comparison to purpose for task / time management.

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Julie Morgenstern, Linda Stone, and David Allen Productivity guru Julie Morgenstern teaches us how to get organized, save time, and reclaim our sanity. Linda Stone, a former Apple and Microsoft executive and frequent speaker and consultant, helps us learn to manage our attention. And David Allen, the widely followed author of the popular book Getting Things Done, helps us accomplish things more efficiently.

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