Time mastery is different from time management. Time management is simply managing the
time you have to work with each day and sometimes involves getting more done in less time.
Time mastery on the other hand has first and foremost to do with being proactive and deciding
in advance what you want (goals), how you will set up your days (your life really), and then
choosing the best ways to execute that.
Below are 40 TIME MASTERY TIPS that may help you on your new journey. All of them are
proven to help you visualize what you really want, focus on what's most important to you now,
say "no" to the things that get in the way of that, help free up time, create more efficiency,
bring a sense of order and peace to a daily routine, and offer a sense of control. They work!
This is a list, not a plan. The list includes 40 strategies that will allow you to create
the life you want in terms of how you use your time. They may or may not all be fitting for
your life. Simply choose the ones that make sense to you-perhaps all of them will. Factor them
into your routine, and implement them without hesitation. They will make your life and business
more meaningful, easier and more enjoyable.
1. Establish a list of your important long-term, mid-term, and short-term goals. Select
the MOST important one from each category-the one that you want to focus on AT THIS TIME IN
YOUR LIFE. You will have 3 to focus on at a time (one from each category).
2. Write your goals down: Written goals help the subconscious mind to work towards goal
accomplishment and GREATLY increase the likelihood of achieving them. Written goals can be
changed or adjusted at any time.
3. Create a list of tasks or activities that would cause you to accomplish EACH goal.
4. Prioritize your tasks and activities. The 80-20 Rule of economist Vilfredo Pareto
notes that 80 percent of the reward comes from 20 percent of the effort. Prioritize tasks in
order of value and importance. Concentrate on those items with the greatest reward-getting
you to your goal.
5. Assign a DEADLINE to projects and tasks, particularly the ones that will take multiple
activities to complete. Don't fret-deadlines can be changed. Just do your best.
6. Think about tasks as being made up of "Time Molecules". Some are small and some are
bigger molecules. These "molecules" are "chunks" of time you can spend on a task throughout
a day or on different days. Work on projects and tasks in "time molecule" chunks to finish
at the deadline.
7. Revisit and declare your long-term and mid-term goals periodically, such as once a
year on New Years day or your birthday: your desires may change, so your goals may dramatically
change at any point in your life. For short-term goals, you should have a planning session
at least every 3 months.
8. Two or more goals can be of the same importance even though you spend different amounts
of time on each. You may have to set one goal temporarily aside while you work towards another,
but acknowledge that they are both still goals and both still important.