Awesome Expert Time Management Tips: What Oprah, Brendon, Gabby, Tony, Warren and Others Do

Awesome Expert Time Management Tips That Actually Work

What Oprah, Brendon, Gabby, Tony, Warren and Others Do

5 Valuable Tips You Need To Know About Mastering Time(10)

There are 168 hours in a week. We generally spend 56 hours sleeping, 40 hours working, 35 hours showering, eating, traveling. This leaves 37 hours left for goals, personal development and such. How do you spend your 168 hours?

Here are some expert time management tips that actually work. John Assaraf, Brendon Burchard, Gabby Bernstein, Warren Buffet, Oprah Winfrey and others have all reached great success. This article provides expert tips to help you get and stay on track!

John Assaraf’s best tips include:

  • Manage your energy
  • Organize your day
  • Prioritize your actions

You can’t do it all and you can’t do it all now. You can get it done but not all at the same time.

  1. Write down your goals – make them specific and measurable
  2. 12 months, 6 months and 3 month goals
  3. Set aside an hour a month to review progress
  4. Set aside 30 minutes a week planning what you will achieve that week
  5. Set aside 15 minutes a day getting laser focused

Brendon Burchard’s best tips include:

Everyone wants to get more done. Some focus on doing things fast. Others focus on doing things right. What matters most is doing the right things.  In his High Performance Academy, one of Brendon’s tools is his 1 page productivity planner. This 1 page daily planner enables you to focus on the projects that matter, interact and respond to others at the right time, and postpone distractions until after you’ve had a productive day.

His top 5 productivity tips include:

  1. Get 7-9 hours of sleep. If you aren’t there yet, add 50 minutes to your sleep.
  2. Spend your first hour of the morning on YOU.
  3. Schedule 50 minute uninterrupted blocks of time for projects.
  4. Take a 5-10 minute break every hour.
  5. Have an exercise or renewal program you do every day.

Gabby Bernstein’s best tips include:

  1. Take deep breaths and look inward.
  2. Ask spirit questions like, “what do I need to focus on right now?”
  3. Listen and #trust2016 your guidance.
  4. Say to yourself: I have all time in the world!

Warren Buffet’s best tips include:

As Brendon Burchard says, “Only two things change your life. Either something new comes into your life, or something new comes from within.” In order for either of these things to happen, you need to constantly feed your mind with the right knowledge and ideas.

Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger (Buffett’s right hand man) are some of the best learning machines on earth. They each spend approximately 6 hours a day reading, thinking, and learning. Don’t have 6 hours a day to read, think and learn? Start where you are at and take a small step towards this

Stephen Covey’s best tips include:

Stephen Covey Sr., was a renowned management guru. As a certified Franklin Covey Facilitator for four years (in six content areas), Covey encourages us to break down our lists into these four categories:

Stephen Covey's matrix ofo apparent urgency and ultimate importance

As Covey observed, we almost always do the things in Quadrant I (stuff that’s both important and urgent, like feeding the kids and paying the rent), and almost never get to Quadrant IV (like reading junk mail or playing video games).  However, we tend to focus on Quadrant III (urgent but not important things,) to the detriment of Quadrant II (no-deadline pastimes like writing a book, basking in nature’s beauty, or meditating). Covey proposed devoting less time to the small, unimportant tasks, even those that are urgent, and more time to those things that are really important.

Here’s an exercise he proposed:

    • Get 20 or 30 post-it notes or notecards. On each card, write down one thing you should do, want to do, hope to do, plan to do, or dream of doing. Include everything, no matter how large or small. Keep this up until your brain runs dry.
    • When you’ve written down all your goals, plans, and ideas, separate the cards into two piles: things that have to be done right this minute (or feel like it) and those that don’t.
    • Now go through both of these piles, separating each into “important” and “not important” stacks. The four resulting stacks correlate with the Covey Quadrants.
    • Place both your “not important” card stacks in a safe spot. This, if my experience is any indication, will ensure that you’ll never find them again-lol. If you do happen to stumble across them at any time in the future, burn them.
    • Commit to eliminating from your schedule all the activities that didn’t make it into the “important” stacks. If you have time after doing your important and urgent things, use it on important but not urgent activities. No matter how pressing something may seem to be, if it’s not important, just don’t do it.

“This is the true joy in life,” wrote George Bernard Shaw, “the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one. … Life is no ‘brief candle’ for me. It is a sort of splendid torch, which I have got hold of for the moment; and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.” This is the credo of Quadrant II. Abide by it, and you’ll find a path that illuminates the world for you and others, even after you’re gone. No matter what others may think, say, or do, your whole life will become a blaze of glory.

“The key is in not spending time, but in investing it.” – Stephen R. Covey

Oprah Winfrey’s best tips include:

Planning is critically important if you want to be a long-term success. No matter what you’re working on, putting a plan in place will help you achieve today what you’d otherwise put off until tomorrow.

“You can have it all. Just not all at once.” – Oprah Winfrey

We all have access to a limited number of resources – whether that’s time, energy or money. Even if you can’t have everything at once, you can control how you allocate your resources in order to eventually bring about the results you desire.

Bob Proctor’s best tips include:

Time cannot be managed instead you manage activities. Managing activities begins with planning. It’s simple – there is not a trick to it. Each night, write out a list of what to do tomorrow. Wake up and do it. Here are some tips Bob Proctor shared in an interview with Natalie Ledwell:

  1.  Every night, he jots down everything that he knows needs to be done then he does it!
  2. When he wakes up, he takes a book off the shelf and starts studying.
  3. Then, he writes down 10 things he is grateful for.
  4. He stays away from anyone who wants to complain or find out what’s wrong.
  5. Have discipline.

Jack Canfield’s best tips include:

  1. Do what you truly want. Identify what you are passionate about.
  2. Read all you can and learn, learn, learn.
  3. Strive for improvement in all you do.

Tony Robbins’ best tips include:

 “One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus; we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.” – Anthony Robbins

 Tim Ferriss’s best tips include:

“The way we measure productivity is flawed. People checking their BlackBerry over dinner is not the measure of productivity.” – Timothy Ferriss

True productivity isn’t measured by the amount of time you appear busy. If you aren’t doing things to move the needle on your company every day, you’re in desperate need of some time management changes. Here are some great tips Tim shares in one of his podcast interviews:

  1. He turns down requests for time consuming lunches by saying he is ‘head’s down’ on a project with a deadline or by saying he is taking ‘a vacation’ from xxxx right now.
  2. Be sure to get approval from someone before introducing them to other people:-)
  3. What gets measured, gets managed.
  4. When managing email, he measures success by the # of emails he sends (with less being better). Have an autoresponder that answers most questions and eliminates the need to respond to 80% of emails received.
  5. Email is a tool that has been misappropriated for tasks that it wasn’t designed for. Some have banished email all together. Stop using email as a follow up system. Use a project management software to manage tasks. Use other email and task apps rather than email.
  6. Use the 80/20 rule to find the good and the bad and eliminate the bad:-) What are 20% of the projects you do that create 80% of your income. Do more of that.

It’s YOUR turn: What is a common thread from all these experts? What is your favorite time management tip? Please comment below!


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22 replies
  1. Mindy Iannelli
    Mindy Iannelli says:

    This is an excellent article, Tandy! My focus right now is getting my time-management and goal setting down. I’ve been doing so much better at this and this week’s focus is making sure I do my daily review each and every day!

    • Tandy Elisala
      Tandy Elisala says:

      Focus is really important, Kristen! Living in the moment is really important, too:-) Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Christie
    Christie says:

    I love this blog more than words can say. “I don’t have time” is the biggest excuse for not cooking healthy meals and not exercises. We all have the same 24 hours. It’s what we do with them that counts. Results or excuses? You can’t have both!

    • Tandy Elisala
      Tandy Elisala says:

      Right on, Christie! I *hate* it when people say they don’t have time… what they are really saying is it’s not important enough for them. People spend time on what they value. I’m all about results! Thanks for stopping by, Christie! I appreciate it.

  3. SocialSonja
    SocialSonja says:

    Productivity is what many struggle with including myself. Great reminder right in this blog. When comes to productivity I like to focus on one thing untill I am done with it.

    • Tandy Elisala
      Tandy Elisala says:

      Focus is key, Sonja! I do the same thing. I like to bundle like things together to increase productivity.

  4. Christy
    Christy says:

    I think that time management is a key to success. I like Stephan Covey’s tips. This really helps you prioritize so you can take care of what needs to be taken care of first!

  5. Meghan Monaghan
    Meghan Monaghan says:

    Hi Tandy! Wow, what a powerhouse of advice from experts…where do I begin? 😉 I love the Covey Quadrants. Every decision/action should go through that level of assessment for us to be as successful as possible. There are so many nuggets of gold throughout your article. I really enjoyed reading it, and thanks for putting it all together in one spot!

    • Tandy Elisala
      Tandy Elisala says:

      Thanks so much for your comments, Meghan! I could’ve continued on for more and more pages of experts to feature with this roundup article but these were the people that have really inspired me. I, too, LOVE Covey. He was an amazing and inspirational man.

  6. Melanie Boylan
    Melanie Boylan says:

    Wow, very motivational and I must say practical points. It’s always very easy for these successful entrepreneurs to say they got where they are with graft and passion but they never give away their secrets on what they did to achieve them. These are well worth sharing, thanks so much!

    • Tandy Elisala
      Tandy Elisala says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the article, Melanie:-) I agree that a lot of the ‘greats’ share similar practices… and successes!

  7. Sonya
    Sonya says:

    Something business people need to learn and manage. Once you’ve got time management nailed, life gets easier and more productive.

  8. Mitch Tublin
    Mitch Tublin says:

    For years I was a fan of these tips and strategies.
    I do still work along many of these lines, however,
    my focus now is to enjoy the journey. Otherwise what
    happens is we reach our goal, and then what happens?
    Exactly – now what? Enjoy the journey.

    • Tandy Elisala
      Tandy Elisala says:

      Hi Mitch! EXCELLENT point about enjoying the journey. One of the coaches I interviewed this month, Shannon Townsend, talked about this during our discussion. She said slow down…enjoy the process…enjoy the journey. A few of these experts mention that as well. Bottom line, you are SO right, Mitch. Thanks for stopping by.


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