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12 Tips for Time Management

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Recently, in my work as a business coach, I was asked to give a presentation at a company offsite on the subject of "productivity and time management."

In order to prepare for this, I polled a number of friends and colleagues -- ordinary people whose work styles I admired -- on their individual work habits. Nobody I spoke to felt like they had enough time. It's as if we've all become the proverbial "plate spinners," those talented jugglers rushing from plate to plate in order to keep each one spinning in the air.

Based on my interviews, there were a number of themes that emerged from those who managed to successfully juggle their many labors. Here, in condensed form, I offer you these 12 time management "principles" in hopes that some of them may also be useful to you.