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Personal Branding: 6 Time Management Secrets Worth Using, Part 2 of 2
By: Mark E. Brown
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Recently, I discussed three of the six secrets that are the cornerstone to a time management system. Below are the final three that sum up a good strategy that, when carried out, will allow you to increase your productivity and turn your time into money. I'll also reveal the single most important tactic that will set you apart from your coworkers or competitors. Here we go:

4. Don’t Just Do It Only Do It If It Gets You Closer To Your Goals
I used to sit on a number of non-profit boards and commissions. I took pride in the fact that I worked hard for those groups and never missed a meeting. What it took me years to realize is that all those meetings cost me money a lot of money. Why?  Because at the time it did not get me closer to my goal of growing my business. I felt good about what I was doing, but the time spent did not directly connect to my professional goals. Today, I have other goals and the few boards I serve on have a direct connection to those goals. So next time you are about to spend time on something, ask yourself, “Is this activity, right here, right now, getting me closer to achieving my goal?”

5. Learn To Be Rude
You are surrounded by them: the dreaded time leeches. They look harmless enough, but when given the chance, they will suck you dry of your productive energy, leaving you listless and barely breathing. They lurk in meetings, they hang out on the other end of the telephone, and they swarm in front of computers, sending you useless emails about “how your weekend was.” Be rude to them and avoid them at all costs; crush them and run from them. If you allow them to eat you up, you only have yourself to blame.

6. Disappear
I have a reputation with my employees (and some clients) that I have worked very hard at achieving — I am tough to reach. That’s right; I have worked hard to become difficult to get ahold of. I learned a long time ago that if they can’t find me, they can’t waste my time. Now, this doesn’t mean I don’t have systems in place to communicate; of course I do, but it is done on my terms, not theirs. And, the way I view it, by limiting their access to me, I am making them more productive as well. So act (and be) busy and make it close to impossible to get to you unless it is on your schedule.

There you have it. Six no-nonsense strategies that will put you back in charge of your time and in control of your productivity and success. 

But there is one other tactic that will set you apart from most of the business world and that is: Be On Time. Being on time shows that you respect your time and that of the other person. Being on time also gives you command of the situation. Think about it how did you feel being the first person in the room for a meeting versus coming in ten minutes late? A big difference, right? Incorporate the six time management secrets we discussed and being on time will almost become second nature. If you have other strategies that have worked for you, please share them with the readers.

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About the Author

Mark E. Brown is a personal branding expert, professional speaker, and business growth advisor. He has owned a number of award winning ad agencies and is the founder of Mark Brown Strategies, a communications and marketing agency. You can follow Mark on Twitter and on Linkedin.  

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