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Work Smarter Newsletter #20: The time management matrix
July 05, 2009


Time is a resource that many of us wish we had more of. But since we can’t make a day last longer than 24 hours, then honing our time management skills is a sure way to become more effective.

Table of Contents

In issue #20 of "Work Smarter, Not Harder" we provide you with:

  1. Site News

    • Our new automated time management survey
    • Goal setting template

  2. Time management tool

    • A tried and tested tool to work more effectively and reduce your stress

Your feedback and requests are important to us - actually they are the driving force behind this website.

Contact us today if you have any comments, views or feedback, so that we can improve our site for YOU

Site News

How good is your time management?

This month we have been hard at work developing our time management survey.

If you are pressured by time, or just want to know how you can improve your time management, but not sure how - our automated time management survey could be beneficial.

Put your time management to the test. You can NOW get your results immediately.

A new goal setting template

Goal setting is the platform of good time management. Goal setting allows you to identify what is important to you, and then you can ensure you spend your time on it.

With this new goal setting template, we combine them both. Download your goal setting template and start today.

Time management tool

This month has been pretty hectic for me. I have been rushing around trying to meet deadlines and commitments, while at the same time trying to finish a PhD.

Basically I was jumping from crises to crises, but not really working effectively.

Then I got thinking about Steven Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and the time management matrix.

The matrix is a great way to work out how you spend your time?

By classifying things as important/not important and urgent/not urgent I was able to determine where I was spending most of my time and make steps to change it.

The time management matrix is a great time management tool.

Not only does it tell you where you spend your time, but also gives you a strategic plan to maximize your use of time.

If the time management matrix sounds useful, then why not take a moment and draw up the matrix.


We have a number of courses that are free to use on our site.

Time management course

Our time management course is a 7 week course, in which you get 1 lesson a week sent to your Inbox.

Goal Setting course

Our intensive goal setting course is a 1 week course, in which you get 1 lesson a day sent to your Inbox.

Student time management course

The student time management course is especially tailored for students and college and university.

All these courses are similar to what I have taught to elite athletes, business people and students in a face-to-face setting.

Please pay if forward

"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." - Winston Churchill

Many subscribers have asked why we give all our resources and courses away for free, and ask for nothing in exchange. Especially when these courses cost several hundred dollars each to attend.

And my reply is that our mission is to improve the amount of quality time management content, tools and resources offered.


You can share with the rest of us – it's easy, just click here.

We want to hear your ideas what time management tips work and don’t work for you.

Now comes the fun part! Once your page is written, submitted and approved for publication, we will create a webpage to highlight your story – and we will also highlight YOU as the generous time management expert who submitted it.

We will announce your story to the rest of the Time Management community and invite our readers to comment on your page.

Which time management tip has worked (or not worked) for you? Click here to share your time management tip.

Do you have a hobby or a special Interest? Why not make some money out of it!

This is where Effective Time Management Strategies journey began

Site Build It!

To all of our subscribers, please let us know your comments, views or feedback so that we can improve our site for our most valuable resource - YOU

To access our free tools that are on this site, go to the time management tools page.

If you have a burning time management question that you want to ask, or you want to pay it forward for what works for you (or even answer a question), then see the time management question page.

Kell and the team at Effective Time Management Strategies wish you all the best.
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