Time Management Laws | Principles of Time Management

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Jaap de Jonge
Editor, Netherlands

Time Management Laws | Principles of Time Management

Managers are facing a lot of stress due to an endless list of activities which have to be performed. Would you like to increase your personal effectiveness and efficiency as a manager? Apply these time management laws...
On the web I found the following laws on time management (a better word might actually be: time management "principles"):
  1. LAW OF PARETO: 20% of our activities deliver 80% of the result. The inverse is also true. So focus your attention on what's most important and skip everything else. Read more.
  2. LAW OF ILLICH: Once a certain performance's threshold is passed, your efficiency decreases and may even become negative. So know your biorhythm and plan a task when you are at your best. Also called: "Law of Diminishing Returns".
  3. PARKINSON'S LAW: The more time is available, the more time a task will consume. The more time is available, the more time we will waste. Efficiency increases as the deadline approaches. So don't spend too much time on a task even if you have plenty.
  4. LAW OF CARLSON: Handling a task only once and finishing it off takes less time than handling it in several times/batches. Interruptions (distractions) have a negative impact on efficiency. So focus on 1 task and finish it. Also called: "Law of Homogeneous Sequences".
  5. MURPHY'S LAW: Anything that can go wrong will go wrong. So we must anticipate contingencies and invest time in preparation. Read more.
  6. LAW OF TURGOT: Our concentration capacity is limited. So take a time out on a regular basis and relax a bit.
⇒ Please react if you know of another "law" of time management so we can complete our list and decrease our stress levels.


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Time Management Lessons

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Time Management: Principle of Laborit

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Time Management: Hofstadter's Law

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Time Management - Law of Significance

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