How to Manage Time Effectively


There is no such thing as “no time”. Everybody in the in the history of the world has been given the same amount of hours in a day. Just imagine if Bruce Lee had that same “no time” mentality. He would’ve never studied Wing Chun, never created Jeet Kune Do, never had the time to do 800 jumps on a jump rope daily, run, lift weights, and made his movies. He only lived until he was 32, but he accomplished all of these amazing things.

What we don’t realize is, that we actually have 2 types of time. The time we spend doing what we want, and the time we spend doing what we should really do. Most of us, plagued by tardiness and the wanting to relax, spend most of our time doing nothing. When this happens, time flies, and it reduces opportunities for us to do what we really should be doing. If you really want to be productive, the formula is easy. Spend more time doing what’s important, and lessen the time doing nothing. If you don’t know where to start then I suggest that you read some of my tips on how to manage time effectively.

Create a Schedule


Cliché, I know, but let’s change it up a bit by creating one in your mind. Studies have shown that having a mental schedule and accomplishing them throughout the day  doesn’t just help you manage your time more effectively, it actually increases your IQ. So, when you wake up, create a mental schedule for your day, include everything even the simplest of tasks. Check them off when it’s done and pat yourself on the back for completing it. You saved time and increased your IQ in the process.

Study Your Actions and Conversations

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There are a lot of theories why Bruce Lee created Jeet Kune Do. The best known reason is that Bruce Lee thinks that Wing Chun (his original style) is not suited for heavier western martial artists. Wing chun, in Lee’s opinion, wasted a lot of time and had excessive movements. Jeet Kune Do is streamlined, which saves time and unnecessary actions, thus making it more practical for real-life combat situations. We can also apply it to our actions and conversations. If we take a look at our activities, then we can come up with better ways on achieving our tasks by streamlining and refining some of our habits.

Put a Don’t Disturb Sign

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Having an open door policy is great, but when you need to get something done, a don’t disturb sign can be a miracle solution. But don’t use this often, only on times where you really need to.

Erase the “no time” mentality in your head. Plus, time can be created. You have the power to make room to your schedule because everything is just a matter of priority. Remember, time exists in your head, so you have the power to use it to your advantage.


  1. They say time is the great equalizer, no person has any more of it. It took me years to learn and accept the reality that time management is intricately linked to how successful you are in life. Once I began to develop good time management habits, I began to accomplish more in my life. TV is the modern version of the old Roman Circus. People are mesmerized for hours each day by TV, and when you think about what you could be doing with all that time, you realize it’s actually easier to win.

    • Gian Laquindanum

      Definitely! Self-discipline will play a great role in managing our time well, I just hope each and every one us has the will power to limit ourselves. 🙂

  2. All of the greatest productivity gurus say that time management is the single most important factor in productivity. In this day and age, there’s really no excuse for any of us to complain about our time management, even though we all do. Time management is a skill that has been studied from every angle for years. The result is there are very learnable techniques available to each of us that we can employ to improve our time management.

  3. I have noticed that one of the biggest problems anyone has in the work force or at home is time management. I have that problem more so at home than work because I get to many things started at once and don’t get anything finished. This was a very good article and I look forward to reading the one on keep your business on track.

  4. Time management is something that they need to teach you in any job because you are going to get so much more done if you manage it properly. This is a great post and I couldn’t agree more. Where I used to work we had a rule that you had to be able to find something at your desk in 3 seconds so it required organization which helped with time management.

  5. Time management is an underrated skill. Like all relatively autonomous jobs, tasks can expand to fill the space given to them. And when the emotional demands of the job are high (and not considered in national policy), procrastination and workaholism are always possible paths to slip into. Also, being a workaholic isn’t the same as working hard. Workaholics are often ineffective in what they do, and do not see the wood for the trees.

    • Gian Laquindanum

      I didn’t know this. Workaholics aren’t that effective? Really? I always wished I was a workaholic, but I guess I wouldn’t want that now! haha, thanks Mary!

  6. Time management isn’t a skill you’re born with it’s something any individual can learn and master with the right tools and strategies. In the past, I have had trouble with everything from improving communication and streamlining workflow to identifying time-wasters and minimizing interruptions. If there was hope for the likes of me, there’s hope for anyone. There are numerous strategies for gaining more control over your tasks, time, and priorities than you ever thought possible.

    • Gian Laquindanum

      I hope everyone, including me, can master time management. It really is hard to do, because the couch is so comfy! lol

  7. Very seldom do you meet someone that manages time well, on the job they are always wanting to use their time for personal business etc. and they tell the boss they didn’t have enough time to get their job done. Why do people feel that they should be paid to take care of personal business. You have a great blog here and I hope people learn from it.

  8. I work from home so managing my time is very difficult between the job and the house work and the kids and the dogs I just don’t have enough time to get anything done then it looks like I haven’t done anything. I hope that this will help me because if something doesn’t change I will either lose my job or my husband one of the two.

  9. It amazes me how those who complain about there not being enough time in the day fail to or refuse to acknowledge that there are very successful persons who have no more time in their day than anyone else. I was once one of those nonbelievers. But as I got older and more mature, I learned how to better manage my time. I’m not expert, but I’ve gotten better at it.

  10. We are all very busy. That’s why you meet deadlines at the last minute. Or after. That’s why you cruise into meetings 15 minutes late. It’s why you forget details or schedule two tasks for the same time or have 500 unanswered emails in your inbox. It’s why you can never take a vacation, or even a full weekend off. We can all use some training on time management.

  11. I think time management is an important skill that should be taught in every grade school. It is a life skill that transcends the work place. When we do manage our time well, however, we’re exceptionally productive at work, and our stress levels drop. We can devote time to the interesting, high-reward projects that can make a real difference to a career. In short, we’re happier!

  12. If I could manage my time much more effectively, I know I could come closer to living my dreams. But as I read someone say, the game changers or trailblazers are those who are crazy enough to just go for it. They are the ones who are willing to risk it all. They are those daring souls who are not willing to compromise their dreams for anything or anyone.

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