Time Management

by Michael Solomon, Co-Founder 10x Management

[Originally Posted on 10x Magnified Blog]

“How do you get so much done?”

That is a sentiment I have heard quite a few times in my adult life. I always found it odd because I believe I am inherently lazy but upon taking stock, I do seem to get a lot done. I am the co-founder and co-operator of two for-profit companies, a co-founder and heavily involved with two non-profit organizations, an active husband and father of two, run 3–4 times per week, and I make time for 100 push ups and sit ups every day and meditate between 20 and 40 minutes per day.

Sounds pretty productive, right? And it’s not even because I don’t sleep, as some might assume; I actually get 7 to 8 hours of Zzzz’s per night.

But why is time management so important? Well, because time is your only truly limited resource. And it’s the only limited resource of others you can truly never replace. The stories you tell yourself about being late or absent or not getting things done are just stories. They all end with someone you care about feeling disrespected, or disappointed. Most likely it is you but either way, stop telling stories and start living up to your goals.

So, when a friend asked me to develop a list of my tricks, I thought maybe it had enough merit that others might benefit from it.

Here goes:

  1. Ask yourself: How much better would my life be if I had complete control and discipline around time management? Would I be achieving many more goals for myself both personally and professionally? ​If you don’t believe in the possibilities, you won’t implement so until you buy into this step, don’t move to #2. (Of course, make sure you have clear goals. If you don’t know your destination, you have a very low likelihood of getting there).

Funny side note: At this point, I dictate for around two hours per day. While this is great for my productivity, now I’m prone to dictate punctuation all the time. This gets quite embarrassing when I’m leaving a voicemail message for an important colleague, potential customer, or client and I accidentally say the punctuation into the voicemail message.

“Hey John Comma its Michael returning your call period…”

I’ve even done this whole making up a bedtime story for my son and accidently dictated punctuation into it. I guess that is one way to teach grammar:-).

Productive side note: If you like dictating as much as I do, check out this brand new chrome plugin that one of our clients (Greg Sadetsky) built for me which finally allows you to dictate right into gmail on your desktop.

  1. Set your calendar for Sunday night​s​ to remind you to do a look forward at the week. This gets your mind ready for what is to come and is also an opportunity to schedule any goals you have so you can be sure you make time for the important things.

Again, this system only works if you follow this crucial rule.

​​Calendar everything! If you need time to focus on a project, schedule it. If you need time to practice your hobby, schedule it. Exercise, schedule it. Meditation, schedule it. If you want free and spontaneous time, schedule it. :-). Not kidding.
If it isn’t in the calendar, it doesn’t exist. ​If you don’t schedule it, it won’t get done.

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Michael Solomon is the co-Founder of 10x Management, 10x Ascend, Brick Wall Management and Musicians On Call.

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Michael Solomon

Michael Solomon is the co-Founder of 10x Management, 10x Ascend, Brick Wall Management and Musicians On Call.