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Time Management - whats your strategy?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by ardley216, Oct 23, 2014.

  1. ardley216

    ardley216 Elite Member

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    So everyday I seem to have a 100,000 things to do and I manage to do half.. but still have 100,000 things to do by the end of the day.

    I use a notepad and pen plus as much determination not to be distracted from work. I get up early to do as much work before I get tired by the end of the day.

    other than that I don't have any strategies..

    So what about you guys? What do you do that helps you make the most of your awake time?
     
  2. Conor

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    Well, as a web designer, I normally have a "First come first serve" policy. I just put on some Armin van Buuren, and just let the hours fly by.
     
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    LleixG Senior Member

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    Optimise your work hours instead of working +12h/day
     
  4. Apricot

    Apricot Administrator Staff Member Moderator

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    I read somewhere that doing the tasks that take the most time are best done first. (Lifehacker I think)


    That's all I have for now.
     
  5. cl0zed

    cl0zed Registered Member

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    Get a whiteboard and start treating things like a business, write down what you need to do and and start getting things done one step at a time.
     
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    Stop posting "how to manage time" and I believe you will complete at least 1 more minor task :)
     
  7. I-marketer

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    I use wife and family to outsource the most of the tasks.
    Here, you can measure how productive your time is: rescuetime.com (don't take it too seriously)
     
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    Ardley actually runs a business, so I would assume he treats it like one.

    But the whiteboard is a really good one, I love my whiteboard. I also use a pen and paper (somehow the feel of being able to tick off things from the board or paper just feels better than deleting a virtual post it note).

    Apart from that, I did buy a 'planner', but ended up being waste of tie and money (£5 or something) because I never write stuff in it, because if I do I'd just forget to look there. Pen, paper and a whiteboard. For now that is good enough for me.
     
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    If motivation to work is not an issue, then why don't you hire a VA to do the smaller tasks?

    Also try incorporating the kaban strategy to your time management. It has increased my productivity as of late.
     
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    I write out my day every night. Giving myself 30 minutes each day to write my next.
    Everything on a calendar and include little notes in my notepad for me to remind myself what I want to complete.
     
  11. tony_d

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    I ignore my list of things that I need to do, and instead go to week-long time management seminars. :)
    True story.

    EDIT: I think the reason I never clear through my to-do is not because I have poor time management skills, but instead because I don't actually want to clear through my to-do. Doing so would mean that I'm living a task-based life, and I have a deeply held view that if I'm living a task-based life, I've failed. (Not saying my view is 'the right one' - just saying, that's the view that drives me).
     
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  12. ardley216

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    Good tips there :)

    Yeah I do run my stuff like a proper business, I have an office in London, I'm just trying to work out whether it would be good to employ someone to do all the little tasks that take up 50% of my time. lol
     
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    Yes - but do it right. It's a move fraught with danger - if you hire the wrong person you'll just feel more burdened than you did before... be fast to fire them if it doesn't 'feel' right in the first few days.
     
  14. Neocortx

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    Hey,

    Kinda depends on how small/big the projects are. If I'm working on a project where I have 3+ people in it, I usually use Scrum (OntimeScrum) to do the project planning etc.

    If I'm only working alone on a project, I create tasklists with simpleology and I have a rudimentary project planning pinboard, pretty similar to this:

    BkQTyfQIMAAQCPk.jpg

    It kinda serves like a visual reminder. Also, every time I start a task I put it on the "In progress" column. That seems to create psychological pressure to actually work on it, because I REALLY don't want to have anything under the "In Progress" column at the end of the day. It has to arrive at "Complete". :D

    warm regards,
    neocortx
     
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    Are you outsourcing enough?