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Time Management Laws | Principles of Time Management
Jaap de Jonge, Editor
Managers are facing a lot of stress 😓 in their work.
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. LAW OF PARKINSON: 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.

Time Management Laws: Law of Nurturing Commitment
C.L. Kappagomtula, Member
Here's another one for our list of time management principles/laws:
7. LAW OF NURTURING COMMITMENT - "Any task in which you involve right from beginning will finish fast with a great finesse".
So involve yourself right from the onset of certain tasks. 13-7-2018

Time Management Laws: Law of Reflection
srinivas, Member
8. LAW OF REFLECTION: Take time to reflect often (at regular time interval) as you work for insights… Remember insights are dependent on the quality of inner being. So keep your inner being as clean as possible. 13-7-2018

Peter Drucker's Time Management Steps
Javier Elenes, Member
Peter Drucker in Chapter 2 of his Book "The Effective Executive" says:
"…Effective Executives know that time is a limiting factor. The key to time effectiveness is a 3 step process:
1. Record the use of time.
2. Manage time.
3. Consolidate Time.
The core concept behind all of this is that time is valuable, so
- Know how in Reality you use your time,
- Define Priorities and Posterities,
- Define What can be do by others and Delegate these tasks.
So you can concentrate on the priorities. 13-7-2018

Time Management Principles: Law of Procrastination
Abomar, Member
Similar but not the same as Law #4:
10. LAW OF PROCRASTINATION - The habit of delaying or postponing an important task, that must be done anyway. This result is bigger stress due to the backlog. 14-7-2018

Top 10 Time Management Laws/Principles
Jaap de Jonge, Editor
Fantastic 👍 we are already at 10!
Thanks everybody for sharing time management "credos" and "tenets" you know of. 14-7-2018

Time Management Lessons
S. Lago, Member
Like most things, time management is a skill that can be learned or improved. The book "Getting Things Done: the Art of Stress-Free Productivity" by David Allen is an excellent resource for organizing your office/life. Even if you only implement a few of David's suggestions, you will be more productive and relaxed. Game changer. 15-7-2018

Subject Knowledge in Time Management
This reaction has been elevated by the Editor to a new discussion topic: Subject Knowledge in Time Management. 16-7-2018

Time Management: Principle of Laborit
Jaap de Jonge, Editor
11: PRINCIPLE OF LABORIT - Human behavior prompts us to do first what makes us happy. At work we instinctively tend to "seek immediate satisfaction" and "escape stress". Also called: "Law of Least Effort". So you should start your workday with the difficult jobs and reward yourself. And you should organize your activities according to a grid of difficulties. 16-7-2018

Time Management: Hofstadter's Law
Jaap de Jonge, Editor
12. HOFSTADTER'S LAW - Things take longer than expected, even taking into account the Law of Hofstadter. So at the beginning of any project or endeavour, it is wise to predict that it will necessarily be delayed, even more than can be imagined at that time. 16-7-2018

Time Management - Law of Significance
Mark Williams, Member
13: LAW OF SIGNIFICANCE - Rory Vaden gives a TED talk on '3D Time Management'. The first dimension is the URGENCY component; the second is the IMPORTANCE component; and he considers the third dimension to be: How significant is the task?
Vaden asserts that this SIGNIFICANCE of a task (how long will it matter?) also is a key principle in deciding how to spend your time. 17-7-2018


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