3 Controversial Time Management Tips That Might Actually Work

There is a lot of time management and productivity advice on the Internet. But what does really work and what is just plain bull***t?

In this article we look at three controversial time management tips that might actually work. I am curious what you think about the tips mentioned here, feel free to let me know by posting your comment in the comment section below.

1. Procrastinate

Most time management advice resolves around tackling procrastination and getting things done. We are taught that we should start working on our Most Important Tasks at the earliest possibility. But, we tend to procrastinate on this important tasks. This is because we think we might fail. Entrepreneur Walter Chen writes that it’s okay to give in to the urge of not doing your Most Important Task first. He states that you could do some of those easier tasks first. The trick here is that you focus on some easy tasks first, so your Most Important Tasks seems less important and you can do that next.

2. Work less

Spending more time in the office is never the answer. If you need to work overtime on a weekly basis, something is wrong. And working more is not the solution.

In “The Power of Full Engagement” Tony Schwartz shares his idea about working more. He says it’s not about managing your time, but instead you should focus on managing your energy. If you take some time to do a step back and take time to plan ahead, you’ll reap the rewards later. Planning and scheduling your activities is more effective than keeping working while you have no energy. Best of all, you can plan and schedule even when you don’t have so much energy left.

So, work a little less and plan a little more.

3. Don’t share your goals

I personally like to write down my goals. They become more tangible in that way. I like being able to see my goals in front of me. In this way I am reminded on a daily basis why I do the things I do. But now it seems that this is counter effective.

Gabriele Oettingen and Heather Kappes at NYU share their insight: “Positive fantasies of success drain your energy out of your ambition”.


So feeling good about your goal and sharing it with the world do more harm than good? It seems that when you share your goals that you trick yourself. Your mind believes that you have already (partially) achieved your shared goals.

So, perhaps give it a try to keep your goals to yourself. Derek Sivers mentioned this in a TED talk once:

What do you think about these tips? Would they work for you? Leave your comment in the comments section below.

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