What is “time management” & How to get more done!

One of the biggest hurdles to setting up a location free lifestyle, or any big change really, is the feeling of “I don’t have time!”

But it’s not really a case of not having time, after all we all have the same 24 hours each day, it’s just that most of us have never been taught how to properly manage our time.  If you know the tricks the pros use, it’s so much easier!

In today’s video I’ll give you two of my top techniques for making boring tasks seem more fun, for getting so much more done each day and a quick tip for how to focus that I learnt from the Prime Minister of Thailand.  Invest the 6 minutes now, I’m sure you’ll see it pay off in no time!



Post Author: Richard

5 thoughts on “What is “time management” & How to get more done!

    Matt Mawson

    (December 10 - 9:13 am)

    love these posts and the tips on starting your own school. I put them all into my initial “business plan” as “words of wisdom” using Mindjet Mind manager they really helped me get the foundation of my private language school


    (December 20 - 4:55 am)

    Great time management tips! I’ve been struggling for several months now, trying to find time-saving techniques to help me focus on learning Japanese. You’ve inspired me to re-read my copy of “The 4 hour workweek”. Keep the videos coming!

    Martin Wenzel

    (July 11 - 8:20 pm)

    I need to start working on this time management thing. I do a ton of stuff for my classes, but I don’t block out my time, so I just keep working on one thing until I NEED to do something else (i.e. actual work/classtime). However, this means I leave little time to just decompress and play a computer game for a while or JUST watch a show (instead of having the show on in the background while preparing Spelling worksheets, Phonics slideshows, etc.)

    For example, today I have nothing set on my plate except for work tonight from 4 – 8, so I’m sort of in scatter mode. What I need to do is tighten up my schedule, give myself goals for the day. So for instance, today, I can complete two phonics/spelling worksheets and their corresponding slideshows, THEN complete one or two future lesson plans, THEN tool around on the Genki website, haha.

    Any tips for HOW to manage that time. Do you use a schedule book? I’ve noticed that I’m a lot better with time management in my classroom since I’ve begun tweaking the school-provided lesson plans to be laid out in the order I want to present things and with time allotments (though I sometimes cheat and spend too much time on one thing at the cost of another, but the classes seem to flow better and everything is covered in a timely manner.)


    (July 11 - 8:25 pm)

    Hi Martin,

    The Pomodoro technique is definitely the way to go, set a timer for 50 minutes and do just one activity. Then stop it dead and do something else when the timer goes off!

    If you do that twice or three times in a day you’ll get more done in 2 hours than the average office worker does in a whole day!

    George Kimball

    (February 4 - 7:36 pm)

    I can do this! I start off with a blank page and I end the day with a blank page. The challenge is to fill the page with things worthy of my full attention. Everyday distractions can clutter my blank page and send me into a tailspin. An important tip is to be flexible. Sometimes things don’t work out like they should, but “hey” I can start tomorrow with a blank page. Setting priorites can be another challenge. It’s easy for me to be fooled into thinking that “I can do this, but I should be doing that”.

    Richard, you have my upmost respect for what you have done and accomplished. You are an inspiration. Thank you.

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