Modern times are hectic times with many things to do, and the person who has mastery over time has mastery over life. So, it is important to manage our time better and accomplish our goals. Many of us experience a lack of time in life, due to which we don’t exercise or meditate, or give time to our families. But super successful people, who are busier than many of us, seem to have time for everything. They exercise, meditate, run corporations or countries and still find time for their hobbies. How is it possible? Can we learn their secrets and manage our time better?
The answer is Yes. Their secrets can be found in the book ’15 Secrets Successful People know about time’. This book is authored by Kevin Kruse. Kevin Kruse is a popular keynote speaker, entrepreneur, and bestselling author who authored and co-authored several books.
He presents the remarkable findings of his study of super-productive people. Based on survey research and interviews with billionaires, Olympic athletes, straight-A students, and over 200 entrepreneurs—-including Mark Cuban, Kevin Harrington, James Altucher, John Lee Dumas, Pat Flynn, Grant Cardone, and Lewis Howes—-Kruse answers the question: what are the secrets to extreme productivity? To find answers to this question, he researched and interviewed 7 Billionaires, 13 Olympic Athletes, 29 Straight-A Students, and 239 Entrepreneurs.
Below are the 8 lessons on time management and productivity derived from this book.
1. Realize the value of time: When we understand and realize that time is a valuable asset, it helps us manage time better. Think of your day as 1440 minutes instead of 24 hours. Many tasks, like reading a page in a book, watering a plant, moving the body etc. can be done in 1 minute. So, think that there are 1440 opportunities in a day. To remember this number, stick 1440 in a place where you can see every day. When we realize the value of 1 minute, we don’t waste our time or use it unproductively.
2. Prioritize: Many of us will have huge to-do lists. But some of the tasks on this to-do list may not be important or needed. And at times, we may spend our precious time on unnecessary and unimportant tasks. So, go through your list and find out your MIT for the day. MIT means the Most Important Task. Identifying this task helps us to invest our time in the right place. Research found that prioritization is an important component of productivity, and having a daily MIT results in greater levels of happiness and increased focus.
3. Discard your to-do lists: Many of us maintain to-do lists, but this book suggests that it is an unproductive way of managing time, and it causes stress. Research found that 41% of tasks on the to-do list never get done because we don’t identify the amount of time it takes to complete these tasks. And these unaccomplished tasks cause a lot of stress and drains our energies. So, instead of to-do lists, schedule your time for your MIT’s of the day. Timebox each task. Use your calendar to plan your day and place MIT’s in this calendar. Schedule your MIT’s.
4. Overcome procrastination: Procrastination kills productivity and causes unnecessary stress. Many people procrastinate tasks not because they are lazy but because they don’t have enough motivation. So, how to overcome procrastination? This book offers a technique. Technique is to imagine your future self. When you ask yourself two questions, you will find your motivation. Two questions are “What pleasure will I get by doing this?”, “What pain will I feel if I don’t do it?” If your goal is to work out every day, but you are procrastinating it, ask yourself these questions, and the answers will help you find your motivation.
5. Accept: Understand and accept that there will always be more to do in life, and you can’t do everything. Prioritizing and scheduling your MIT’s is more important and valuable than finishing your to-do list. When you accept this, you will find time for your personal goals and hobbies. Former American President George Bush is an example. He read 95 books during his presidency.
6. Don’t constantly check your emails or messages: When we constantly check our emails and messages, our time is dictated by others, and it leads to a loss of focus and productivity. Also, research has shown that constant checking of emails and messages becomes an addiction. Why is that? When you check your messages, there is a kind of anticipation. Sometimes, there is a new message, and sometimes, no new message. This unpredictability is addictive, and it makes you check your mobile more and more. This leads to a loss of time and focus. So, have a limit to the number of times you will check your messages.
7. Learn to say no: Every time you say yes to something, you are saying no to something else. So, before you say yes, think twice. Is it worth your time? Will it help you achieve your goals? Will it be a productive usage of your time? Research found that people who tend to say no in response to requests for their time are happier and have more energy.
8. Have a morning ritual: Dedicate the first hour of your mornings to a morning routine that will enhance your body, mind, and soul. You can add work out, meditation, gratitude journaling, and any other practices which improve your well-being. Starting your day this way helps you stay productive and better equipped to handle your day. It becomes your ‘me time’ where you find time to connect with yourself.
These are some lessons derived from this wonderful book.
This book comes with real-life examples and inspiring stories of several successful people on how they increased their productivity with little changes in their approach. Some of these little changes increased the productivity of these people by 5 times to 10 times. Also, several research-based statistics are offered in this book, which makes it a strong read. Explore this book and find techniques to boost your productivity!
Wish you and your family the best!