The 2 Essential Steps of Time Management

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I have read hundreds of books on time management and have recently even written a book called Get It Done on the topic. There are all kinds of systems out there for managing time, and many of them are good. But really what it all comes down to is two essential steps:

  • Step 1: Identify the most important thing to work on.
  • Step 2: Work on it until you have finished it.

Effective time managers do these steps and repeat them regularly. All other time management literature is useful if it helps you you accomplish these steps. So, what is the most important thing for you to be working on, right now?