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Time Management Tricks: 2 Magic Questions You Have To Ask Yourself That Will Save You A Lot Of Time

watchContrary to popular belief, effective time management is not based on doing more things in less time. That’s just not going to happen. Time management is about doing the right things better. That’s why first and most important skill you need to learn is to correctly identify tasks that require your full and complete attention from little tasks that can wait. Before planning your daily routine and choosing what needs to be done on that particular day, ask yourself two questions:

Question #1: Is it what I need to be doing today?

Question #2: Do I want to do it?


After that everything is simple. If your answer is “No” to both questions, you are just wasting your time. Stop doing it right now! People, who practiced “want/need” questions, were amazed by how often they caught themselves doing things that they couldn’t justify doing on any grounds. For example, if you spend 30 minutes mowing your lawn but can’t stand doing it, STOP!

Find someone who will do it for you and concentrate instead on the more important tasks. Your time is money. It is even more precious, because if you don’t have enough money, you can borrow some, but you can’t say, “Hey, I’m forty years old and I would like to get some extra time, because I’ve just now realized, what I would like to do with my life”. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.

Stop looking for it. You ARE living it. You decide every day to live it in certain ways, not the others. From the time management perspective, your life is a sequence of big and small choices and decisions. It is those choices that you really manage, not the flow of time. That’s why making your decision consciously is the key element in time management. You will notice right away that these simple “need/want” questions will make a tremendous difference in the way you live.

Note, that even though the first question is more important than the last one, you should not cut the things that are neither important nor urgent but simply fun. I, for example, enjoy reading mystery novels. At first I tried to justify them by telling myself that I’m expanding my vocabulary or releasing stress, but in the back of my mind I still felt guilty. I don’t anymore, because I stopped lying to myself. I’m reading my mystery novels just because they are fun for me. That’s enough. But if I have something important I need to get done, I can postpone reading for the next day.

28 Comments
  • james@themoneyeqaution
    July 8, 2009 at 7:55 am

    Hey Arina it’s James from the money equation. Love your blog’s new look. Great vibe.

  • Ilan
    July 8, 2009 at 9:39 am

    It’s very god. motivate me and make me to be very specific before write things to do today. Thank you. keep it up.

  • Nikhil Khatiwala
    July 8, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Thank you for such a simple questions to ask before doing any task. You have made funda of time management easy. I liked you wrote ” You can borrow money but can’t borrow time” is realy effective sentence.

  • Syed
    July 8, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Your articles inspire me a lot and help me to realize about my strength and weaknesses. Tq Arina.

  • George
    July 8, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    You are the best keep it on dont stop

  • Mike
    July 8, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    I enjoyed reading the piece and I found important tips on how to keep my time economically.

  • Tara
    July 9, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Hi,Arina
    Thank you! it was the exact thing I needed. 😉

  • Miasam
    July 10, 2009 at 8:41 am

    Hi Arina:
    This is Maisam here thanks about all your nice quote that you send me evrey day
    thoroughout out your quote I have found my evrey day life very pleasant.
    thanks
    all of them.
    Maisam Australia

  • prakash
    July 13, 2009 at 1:57 am

    Hi Arina,

    Thank U very much for giving a such wonderful motivation,it is helping not only me it also increases confidence level in my frinds. keep me sending M TIPS

    Thanks with Regards

    Prakash

  • Tess
    July 13, 2009 at 2:42 am

    Hey Arina,
    Thanks so much for all ur motivational quotes and articles. they have certainly given me a positive outlook in what I do. Keep it up.

    Tess

  • Dan
    July 13, 2009 at 6:47 am

    Hi Arina

    hank U very much for giving a such wonderful motivation,it is helping not only me it also increases confidence level in my frinds. keep me sending M TIPS

    May the lord almighty bless u.

  • Gaurav
    July 16, 2009 at 11:45 pm

    I hav been in touch with your emails for the last 2-3 years they r really motivating.. whenever i feel dowm i just start reading the emails sent by you.
    My perception changes reading those…

    time management tricks : Question #2: Do I want to do it? this question has a very tough answer but helps a lot. thanks.

  • Rodney Urum Nembo
    July 19, 2009 at 12:15 am

    Hi Ari;
    I’m Rodney from Papua New Guinea. Am always thrilled to open up my inbox to read your motivational and inspirational quotes you sent. Many of em are challenging and really like em. I recommend you a job well done.

    Thanks for sharing,

    Rodney

  • Anish Samuel
    September 13, 2009 at 10:03 am

    You are a true motivator. You are born to keep people alive! Great.. keep it up

  • Krupa Panchal
    September 21, 2009 at 8:39 am

    Dear Arina,

    REALLY YOUR SAYINGS ARE PRACTICAL AND REALLY IS EFFECTIVE IN MY LIFE.THANKS A LOT

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