It's About Time

Make It Count

Stop working 12-hour days! Time-management guru Marty Foley offers these tips for slicing your schedule into bite-sized chunks.

1. Set goals. If you don't know what your destination is, how can you get there? Write down your goals.

2. Keep and use a prioritized to-do list. Always tackle the high-priority tasks first, and work on the low-priority ones as time allows.

3. Exercise self-discipline. If you can stay focused on your most important priorities, you'll see greater results from your time and effort.

4. Automate where possible. With e-mail, use time-saving tools such as autoresponders and filters.

5. Periodically analyze your business. Assess which activities work and which ones you should eliminate.

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This article was originally published in the September 2000 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: It's About Time.

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