Most people learn time management the hard way: by trial and error.

Étienne Garbugli, a Montreal-based product and marketing consultant and the author of “Lean B2B: Build Products Businesses Want,” distilled the lessons he wishes he’d known when he was 20.

He created the following presentation, posted to SlideShare, which we’ve shared here with his permission.

1. There’s always time. Time is priorities.

2. Days always fill up.

3. Work more when you’re in the zone. Relax when you’re not.

4. Respect your time and make it respected.

5. Stop multitasking. It merely kills your focus.

6. Set up a work routine and stick to it. Your body will adapt.

7. We’re always more focused and productive with limited time.

8. Work is the best way to get working. Start with short tasks to get the ball rolling.

9. Work iteratively. Expectations to do things perfectly are stifling.

10. More work hours doesn’t mean more productivity. Use constraints as opportunities.

11. Separate brainless and strategic tasks to become more productive.

12. Organize meetings early during the day. Time leading up to an event is often wasted.

13. Group meetings and communication (email or phone) to create blocks of uninterrupted work.

14. Keep the same context throughout the day. Switching between projects/clients is unproductive.

15. Work around procrastination. Procrastinate between intense sprints of work.

16. Break the unreasonable down into little reasonable chunks.

17. No two tasks ever hold the same importance. Always prioritize. Be really careful with to-do lists.

18. Always know the one thing you really need to get done during the day.

19. Break tasks into hour increments. Long tasks are hard to get into; feels like it all needs to get done.

20. Delegate and learn to make use of other people.

21. Turn the page on yesterday. Only ever think about today and tomorrow.

22. Set deadlines for everything. Don’t let tasks go on indefinitely.

23. Set end dates for intense or stressful activities. Everything ends at some point.

24. Always take notes.

25. Write down anything that distracts you—Google searches, random thoughts, new ideas, whatever.

26. Take breaks, sometimes.

This story originally appeared on Business Insider.

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