Brian Lee


Now is the time.

“Time is the scarcest resource and unless it is managed, nothing else can be managed.”
— Peter Drucker

Many have achieved the success you desire through hard work and perseverance. Hard work does not necessarily mean long hours, as it is possible to work long hours without any meaningful output. Hard work means taking on difficult challenges and effectively handling them. It requires not only energy but also time, the will to persevere, and giving yourself and your goals the time needed to materialize.

Remember that time is a resource that we must spend because it flows continuously. This makes time the most expensive resource, even more than money. To manage everything effectively, good time management is essential. Focus, plan, commit, and spend your time wisely toward your goals.

Implement Getting Things Done (GTD) to manage time and reclaim mental capacity. GTD is similar to Agile Software Development, and your experience in the software industry will help tremendously. Organize projects and tasks by effort and priority, and complete the high value items. Each task must be well-defined and small to ensure that you have achievable commitments. This allows for small gain every day, and it will keep you happy and productive.

A good environment amplifies productivity. Surround yourself with driven individuals and organize your space to fully commit to your tasks. Remember to focus on Quadrant II activities to achieve long-term goals and prevent last-minute problems (Covey 2020). Organization isn’t limited to long-term goals; keep both physical and electronic inboxes organized to quickly process incoming information and take timely actions. Once organized, you’ll remove mental clutter, find peace of mind, and clarify your priorities. Clear priorities will highlight high-value actions, ultimately reducing workload and hours (Ferriss 2009).

Track and reflect on your progress. A good system measures small gains that eventually compound to explosive growths in life. Use habit trackers or similar methods to track daily commitments, and review progress weekly to avoid dwelling on occasional bad days. Using habit trackers make time visual and reduces discouragement from “lack of progress” over short time periods. This technique will also help you commit to long term projects because we are forgetful, and a few days seem like an eternity. Remember, progress compounds over months and years, not a few days.

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