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Teach Something

I’m taking a few minutes to catch up on some online reading, and came across this gem from the Angry Coach at EliteFTS.

In other words, don’t just tell me I have to manage my time effectively. I’ve bought your book or clicked on your article because I want to hear how you, the guy who supposedly knows how to do it better than me, manage your time. Do you wear a watch? Do you have an alarm clock, or do you use the one on your phone? What kind of phone do you have? What do you use it for? Do you keep a calendar? If so, is it a written datebook? Or do you use an online service like Google Calendar? If so, which one do you use, and how do you use it? Do you color code things? If so, what colors do you use, and for what categories?

Here’s an example of what I’m talking about. Several years ago, when I was transitioning out of non-desk job into a career that required me to sit in an office all day, I wanted to know how successful people set up their offices and their desks. I wanted to see what kinds of computers they used, where they put their keyboards and monitors, what kinds of pens they used, and where on their desks they put them. I wanted to see what type of lighting they preferred, and I wanted to see how organized they were, what types of filing systems they used, and where they put stuff. I wanted to know everything about the office logistics of successful people.

This is so true, and so very frustrating.  There are hundreds of self-help, productivity, and time management blogs and sites out there, all posting exactly the same things:

  • Get up early
  • Use Google Calendar
  • Use Evernote
  • Hustle!

They post lists, and they post tools, and they post photos of their awesome desks with nothing on them but their Apple computers.  But the majority of them never say how.  They never say why.


Any thoughts on good resources?  Who does this well, in any field?


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