Time waits on no man! This is the one commodity that we can never retrieve once it is gone. As
a matter of fact, greatness takes time and the clock is ticking, so it’s important to get started in
managing your 24 hours well each day, for greater productivity. Here are five time management
tips that improve productivity among the worlds most successful people.

1. Prioritize
Successful people are great at prioritizing. They are good at recognizing what’s important and
what’s urgent and they do what’s urgent first. To improve your productivity therefore, identify
and schedule the most urgent tasks and tackle them first.

2. Work from A Calendar
Successful people generally work from their calendar and not from a to-do list. While to-do lists
are good, most people don’t follow-through when using them. On the contrary, events and
activities placed on calendars are generally perceived as more important and usually get more
attention in their execution than to-do lists.

3. Stop Procrastinating
Procrastination is the thief of time and killer of dreams and successful people know how to beat
it. You can overcome procrastination by beating your future self in the present moment. For
example, if you are tempted to turn off the alarm clock that goes off at 5 am and then go back to
bed rather than getting up, place the clock further away, so that you have to get out of bed and
walk over to it to turn it off. The likelihood of you going back to sleep will be much less than if
the clock was by your bedside.

4. Allocate your working hours and stick with it.
In this fast pace world in which we have come to live, there will always be more to do. But guess
what? Rome wasn’t built in a day, so don’t try to do everything in the twenty four hours that you
are given – you will experience burn-out. Just decide on the period of time you will do your
important work and then allocate the rest of the time for family, walking the dog etc.

5. Follow the 80/20 rule
According to the 80/20 rule, or what is referred to as the Pareto Principle, 20 percent of the
actions we take, produce 80 percent of the results we get. Successful people therefore, identify
the handful of things that are getting them the most results and delegate the rest. You should do
the same too.