15 Secrets Successful People Know about Time Management - Kevin Kruse

15 Secrets Successful People Know about Time Management - Kevin Kruse

Understand how best entrepreneurs use their time and how you can remove distractions to focus your energy on your priorities and goals.

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Who has never imagined what truly successful people do differently from us? In this summary of the book "15 Secrets Successful People Know about Time Management", written by author Kevin Kruse, we will answer this and other questions about how to optimize your time in the pattern of successful people.

We have already asked ourselves what kind of routines they have and the secrets they keep to have above average results.

Now these secrets will be shared with you. Follow us on this enriching reading and find out what you may be doing wrong or failing to do, away from a super productive life!

So, shall we start?

About the book "15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management"

The book "15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management" (2015) presents which are the seven billionaires productivity habits, 13 athletes, 29 brilliant students and 239 entrepreneurs.

The author Kevin Kruse tells us how high-performance people use their time as the most important asset, how to focus energy on personal goals and priorities, and the importance of rest and fun for success.

About the author Kevin Kruse

Kevin Kruse is one of the writers quoted in the best-seller list of The New York Times, a Forbes contributor and entrepreneur.

At age 22, he failed in his first business and became in debt. But by discovering the power of whole leadership and extreme productivity, Kevin went on to build and sell several multimillion-dollar tech companies.

He is also author of the books: "Employee Engagement for Everyone" and "Employee Engagement 2.0".

To whom is this book indicated?

The content of the book, "15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management", is perfect for entrepreneurs who want to have more time to exercise, read or stay with family.

It is also indicated for people who procrastinate in any area of life and for employees who feel overwhelmed at the end of each day.

Main ideas of the book "15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management"

  • Highly successful people see time as their most valuable asset;
  • An organized calendar relieves stress and increases intellectual focus;
  • Identifying your most important goal will help you prioritize your tasks;
  • Brief daily meetings can replace long meetings, reduce e-mail, and align your staff;
  • Delegating as many tasks as possible frees up your time for your highest return goals;
  • Successful entrepreneurs deal instantly with short-term tasks to avoid work and clutter;
  • Renewing your physical and mental energy with sleep and relaxation improves your productivity.

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[Book Summary] 15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management - Kevin Kruse

Overview: Practice One - Time is Your Most Valuable and Scarce Resource

In the first practice of the book "15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management", the author Kevin Kruse explains his "1440" method.

As a CEO bothered by constant interruptions, Kruse put up a big sign saying "1440". He found that seeing his day as 1, 440 minutes of potential success helped him focus on essential tasks.

His employees have also begun to incorporate this mindset, thereby increasing productivity across the enterprise.

Kruse's interviews and research with leading entrepreneurs confirm that they share this view. They recognize time as their most valuable asset.

The loss of money, or even the failure of a business, still leaves future opportunities to regain ground, but the waste of time is irreplaceable.

Overview: Practice Two - Identify Your Most Important Task and Do it First

In the second practice, the author Kevin Kruse explains what MIT is and its importance.

Successful people focus on their top priorities, identify short and long-term goals, and focus first on short-term goals.

Meeting short-term goals directs the great filmmakers to their "most important tasks" called MIT.

They focus on completing all or part of their MITs before moving on to other activities.

Overview: Practice Three - Work Your Calendar, Not Your Task List

At this point of the book "15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management", Kevin Kruse explains the importance of using the calendar and not a to-do list.

A task list can become a monster. Research indicates that most "listers" never complete 41% of their planned work.

Daily lists tend to randomize the order of importance among their tasks, thus disrupting their focus.

Most successful CEOs depend on strictly scheduled agendas.

Keeping a timeline allows you to focus first on your MITs. After all, deciding which tasks deserve space in the calendar or block prevents you from wasting time.

Entrepreneurs report that well-organized calendars reduce stress.

But high-performance players make their calendars to work hard, but allowing time for concentration. They also reserve specific pieces of time to relax.

Highly successful people take time to care for their health and their personal lives, families and communities.

Overview: Practice Four - How to Get Out of Procrastination

In this part, the author Kevin Kruse teaches you how to let procrastination go, to achieve your goals.

Most people say that procrastination is the reason they choose easier tasks first or believe they will perform better later.

Instead of procrastinating, try these tips to defeat procrastination:

Do what you promised you will do later

According to the book "15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management", defeating procrastination means doing what you owe right now, instead of relying on some future version of yourself to accomplish that certain thing later.

If you say you are going to dieting, exercising, or doing that nasty job in five minutes, do it now.

People think they'll get better later, but they probably will not. To succeed, be better now.

Imagine the results

Imagine the outcome of your actions. For example, consider whether completing a task that will give you pleasure or is unable to do so will cause you pain.

Share the burden

Being responsible for another person who shares your goal, like a running mate, creates an emotional commitment. Count on a responsible partner.

Behave like the person you expect to become

The author Kevin Kruse advises adopt the behaviors of your ideal self to anchor your values and make a solid commitment. This will help you achieve your best.

Embrace the Imperfect

The desire for perfection can intimidate you into inaction. Recognizing imperfect work is the first step in relieving stress that prevents you from getting started.

Overview: Practice Five - There Will Always Be More to Do

In this overview, we will show you how to respect your limitations.

Kevin Kruse explains in his book, "15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management", that successful people accept their limitations. From a mountain of tasks, they choose their daily priorities, try to reach them and leave the rest to another day.

For since the work can be endless, they know that they must set reasonable limits.

So, try to overcome the burden of constant responsibility, this will help you lead a normal life and take care of yourself and your family without guilt.

Overview: Practice Six - Always Take an Agenda

In practice six, we will understand why it is important to always have an agenda with you.

Some of the world's most famous billionaires attribute their success to maintaining an agenda.

Research shows that the brain uses multiple interrelated functions to process handwritten information. This results in a more active and accurate recovery than typing.

After capturing your ideas, notes, or lessons on paper, transfer them to a computer for permanent future reference.

Overview: Practice Seven - Control Your Inbox

At this point of the book "15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management", the author Kevin Kruse teaches you how to use the "3210" system to help you in your organization.

A McKinsey Global Institute survey indicates that office workers spend up to a third of their days reading and responding to e-mail.

Use the "3210" system to control the time spent with the e-mail: three times a day, spend 21 minutes reviewing your messages. Your goal is an inbox with zero e-mails.

This arbitrary time limit will force you to respond clearly and succinctly.

When you open each e-mail, decide whether to work on it immediately; then insert it into your calendar for a later action, delegate it, or file it.

Overview: Practice Eight - Schedule and Attend Meetings as a Last Resort

In practice eight, you will understand why too many meetings are not encouraged.

According to the author Kevin Kruse, eliminating formal meetings can save you time. Do not check or go to meetings unless all other forms of communication do not work.

Many entrepreneurs use a brief daily encounter as a more efficient and informative way to get their team to work.

Steve Jobs, Apple's founder, notoriously avoided meetings by replacing them with a short walk.

Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban advises:

"Never hold meetings unless someone is writing a check."

Overview: Practice Nine - Say No to Everything that Does not Support Your Immediate Goals

In this overview, you will understand why successful people say many "no".

Business tycoon Warren Buffett advises that "very successful people say no to almost everything".

As explained in the book "15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management", they realize that every commitment of their time can result in the loss of other opportunities.

They protect their most valuable asset, the time, from any request that does not meet their priorities.

Overview: Practice Ten - Follow the "Powerful Pareto Principle"

In this overview, we explain briefly, the Pareto principle and to apply it.

The Pareto's principle holds that 20% of your effort represents 80% of your results.

Billionaires apply this economic principle to identify the most efficient ways of employing their exceptional skills or completing important tasks.

Use this principle to identify the 20% of your activities that will provide 80% of the reward for your efforts.

Overview: Practice Eleven - Focus on Your Strengths and Passions

In practice eleven, the author Kevin Kruse shows us how to classify the tasks to be performed.

A CEO who regularly delegates trusted employees gets more energy and productivity and suffers less stress.

Easier outsourcing tasks free up your time and mental energy to focus on meaningful goals and high return projects.

Youtility author Jay Baer advises trying to delegate at least 15% of what you are doing.

Overview: Practice Twelve - Fill Your Workday with Recurring Themes

Practice twelve presents you with the idea of separating workdays by theme and how this can contribute to productivity.

Another important practice is that successful entrepreneurs assign themes to days so that their employees can focus on a specific type of work.

Kevin Kruse explains in his book, "15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management", that weekly and monthly scheduled topics can include meeting days for single discussions, team meetings, or group training seminars.

Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz sticks to the theme "no meetings on Wednesdays". Dedicating the entire day of a team to a type of work stimulates collective concentration, which consequently stimulates productivity.

Overview: Practice Thirteen - If You Can Do a Task in Less Than Five Minutes, Do It Immediately

This practice shows us how to accomplish the tasks as quickly as possible.

Deal with your e-mails right away

Instantly do anything you can solve in just a few minutes.

If you're unable to resolve an e-mail request quickly, add it to your calendar.

Update your calendar as needed

Put e-mail related tasks on your calendar as a reminder to act on them as quickly as possible.

Create weekly time blocks to handle routine tasks such as bill payment.

Keep the order

The author Kevin Kruse says that a lot of time is wasted looking for lost items, plus a confusing environment can cause stress.

Overview: Practice Fourteen - Use Morning Routines to Strengthen Your Mind, Body, and Spirit

In practice fourteen, we will understand why it is so important to wake up early.

According to the book "15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management", most business owners adopt a morning routine to reenergize physically and mentally. They recharge with lots of water, healthy food and exercise.

Busy CEOs also reinvigorate their minds with reading or meditation.

Nathan Blecharczyk, founder of Airbnb, makes use of this explosion of energy to focus on his top priorities.

Starting early every day gives him a period of relative peace work before daily problems arise to distract him from his MITs.

Overview: Practice Fifteen - Productivity is About Energy and Focus, Not Time

To conclude, the book "15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management" shows us some behavioral tips that can help you restore your energy.

Competent workers make room in their calendars to relax. Spending more time at work does not guarantee more or better results.

The author Kevin Kruse claims that maintaining maximum energy levels and not working over long times helps productivity.

Frequent water breaks, nutritious snacks, and light exercise rejuvenate the mind and stimulate increased productivity.

Take enough time to build the energy you need to run your activities.

Olympic athletes rely on sleep to revitalize their bodies.

Successful people build energy and concentrate to make every minute worthwhile.

What do other authors say about it?

In the book "Focus", Daniel Goleman argues that practice only brings you closer to perfection if it is done intelligently, that is, if the person who is practicing uses that time to make adjustments and improvements. The amount of attention you employ during practice is crucial.

In David Allen's book, "Getting Things Done", he teaches you how to manage your time in order to increase productivity and reduce stress.

Finally, in the book "The 4-Hour Workweek", author Tim Ferriss shows a new mindset of people who have emancipated themselves from the work routine. He teaches how to build a lifestyle that can take advantage of time.

Okay, but how can I apply this to my life?

According to the author Kevin Kruse, if you follow these practices indicated by highly successful people, you can have a more effective life, know how to prioritize and delegate tasks, increasing your energy and concentration and also making the most of your time.

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