Time Management Activities: 13 Things Insanely Successful People Do

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13 time management activities extremely successful people do

Blogger tricks.

The longer you blog, the more hacks you need to collect in your proverbial bag of tricks.

In order to maintain a family life, social life, and professional life you need productivity hacks.

Today’s guest author provides 13 effective time management activities that the most successful people routinely do.

After reading this post, you’ll be on the road to success as well.

13 Time Management Activities Insanely Successful People Do That Can Boost Your Production Level

Balogun Owomide

We all love to watch a certain person or group of people on reality shows, TV, or read high authoritative blogs on the internet.

After watching series of programs, interviews, and videos on athletes, entrepreneurs, motivational speakers, celebrities, business owners etc., you begin to wonder how these people turned out to be such successful people in their respective fields.

If you take a bold step to study such names closely, you will discover a good number of great habits you too can apply to become truly successful. Also, it provides the answer to your question: What is the secret recipe for success?

Truth be told, there is really no shortcut to success, only self-management and hard work combined positively and put to effective use will get you the best of results.

Are you ready to discover some of the most effective habits highly successful people possess that made them successful and productive beyond their wildest dreams?

Read on:

What is the Recipe for Success?

1. You must start emphasizing minutes, rather than hours

Many a time, you and I often take a day as a 24-hour box in which we have to complete every one of our personal and professional duties. But, a lot of successful people take a day to equal 1,440 minutes, in which each minute is treasured, to be spent maximized.

You can afford to make, spend, or lose money (that is fine) but losing time (that is bad as time lost is irrecoverable). The trick here is to utilize most effectively every minute of your day. You will notice an increase in productivity within a day without comprising on quality and effort.

2. Focus your attention on only one thing

Successful people are fully aware that the focus is of high importance. This is why they spend hours at the beginning of each day without any distractions. They start their focus meditation by asking questions such as:

  • Will the tasks at hand make a greater impact on your goals?
  • What actions do you need to take to achieve a promotion at your workplace?

Ensure at the start of each day, you are able to recognize the most highly prioritized things so that you can spend more time focusing on your primary goals internally and externally.

3. A to-do list is more than enough

Have you ever seen any highly successful or productive person carry a long to-do list in his/her pocket every day? Chances are your answer is going to be a “No”. Instead, they mark everything on their calendar (you too can do this). It has been noted that only 41% of items stated on the to-do list ever get done. This leads to anxiety and stress. However, when you use a calendar, you will be told and reminded everything that needs to be achieved within the day you have specified. It plays the role of a constant visual in your home and in your workstation.

4. You must war procrastination with time travel

If you truly want to execute your present or future plans, then you must stop procrastination and begin to take bold steps of faith instead. Successful people understand the bad effects of procrastinating so they counter it with effective time traveling (making moves as soon as they think of them). They know that it doesn’t do much good to postpone actions that can be done immediately. Also, they make sure that whatever they are doing presently will be of good benefit to their future self. You need to start being consistent with the current time as well as the future.

5. Don’t just try, but ‘make’ it home for dinner

Successful people know the thing that’s worth value in their life. I mean things totally different from professional commitments. These are things that you make time for no matter your level of busyness. You should squeeze out time (if you have to) to give attention to things that you value above all. Things like cooking, eating, spending quality time with family and friends etc.

6. Attend to less and fewer emails throughout the day

You need to avoid spending most of your days writing and reading endless emails in your workday that won’t amount to anything in the end. Successful people would never do this neither would they allow themselves to be distracted by their phone with each vibration it makes in their pocket. However, these people are intelligent and smart enough to only process relevant email correspondences as quickly as possible. Irrespective of the kind of job you do, you need to be very efficient and straightforward when you are doing email management.

7. Be ready to say ‘no’ to almost everything

Warren Buffet, an American entrepreneur, once said, “The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say ‘no’ to almost everything. “ Never hesitate to say a “no” if you do not consider something valuable enough to spend at least a few minutes out of your precious 1,440 minutes a day. Make sure that you maximize productivity in each day by not investing time in everything that comes across your way.

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8. Avoid long, boring and irrelevant meetings

I would advise you to avoid meetings as much as possible. Why? Because most times, a larger time spent on the meeting agenda will often be on discussions involving irrelevant things like inappropriate attendees and discussions on things totally different from the main agenda.

Not all meetings are futile; some can be really helpful to you in many ways. The way to find out if a meeting is worth attending or not is by staying well-informed as to which meetings genuinely require your presence and what to do to stay on track.

9. Quickly apply the 80/20 rule

The Pareto Principle, states that only about 80% of the outcomes are generated from the 20% of activities completed. In simple terms, this means that super highly productive people rightly identify the activities that drive the lion share of revenues of the business. You need to heavily invest your time and efforts in such activities and totally ignore the ones that require none or less of your attention at all.

10. Make sure to delegate most of the tasks

Most times we tend to ask questions like:

  • How can I do this work?
  • How can this work be done?

These questions look similar but are different in every manner and approach. A lot of intelligent and highly successful people make things happen by taking off the “I” element and instead delegate the work as much as possible. Doing this gives you the ability to gain control over day-to-day activities.

11. Access things only once

Let’s be honest: almost everyone repeatedly goes through things over and over again all in the space of 24 hours, for example, some personal emails, highly prioritized announcements, etc. This can quickly become a problem for us; this is what the majority of successful people ask us to refrain from.

Every day, they tend to touch on important things once and never again. It doesn’t matter if it’s taking you 5, 10 minutes or forever. You need to only go through any type of correspondence patiently without needing to go for it again. If you continually check things repeatedly, you are prone to encounter an increased stress and you get repeatedly hit by the constant feeling of leaving things misunderstood or incomplete.

12. Be consistent with your morning routine

You will be surprised at the result you will get when after you are done interviewing a good number of people for their morning routines. The answers you will get from every one of them will vary. But successful individuals morning habits that are usually mutual. Their routine is built around the same exercise and training. You need to learn from them by waking up the same time as you have set your alarm the night before. Then take a refreshing bath, have a healthy breakfast and do some meditation to clear your head.

13. Focus on Positive energy

It is a known fact that you cannot add a second, a few minutes or hours create to a day. However, you can re-sharpen your focus, attentiveness, and productivity.

People often misjudge intensely successful people as workaholics, but these people spend their time practicing very powerful self-management techniques, and totally avoid skipping meals and compromising their sleep, health, and personal lives.


Balogun Owomide has a huge passion for spreading motivation, business, and personal finance. I often write on my How to make money, a finance blog on topics ranging from motivation, startup ideas, to small business financing and loans, business plans, marketing, and franchise opportunities. You can reach me on Facebook at Balogun Owomide.

Time Management Activities: Wrapping Up

Are you ready to take the road to success and follow Balogun’s recommendations for effective time management activities?

Which will you try first? Are there any additional time management activities you can recommend? I look forward to your views in the comments section.

Readers, please share so other bloggers and entrepreneurs can follow these time management activities and become more productive.

  1. John Doe

    Great content. Good Time management is probably the most important attribute any busy person must utilize

    • Janice Wald

      Hi John,
      I totally agree. I’m always trying to perfect my time management.

      • Anil Agarwal

        Hi Joseph,

        Excellent tips, I really liked your #2 tip on focus on just one thing at a time.

        Stop multitasking. If you are writing, only write and do nothing else including editing. One of the biggest time wasters is to multi-task. You can’t get two things done productively, so focus on finishing one task at a time. Apart from that, here are few more cents that I personally use to get more things done in a day.

        One of the best tips is to use the Ivy Lee method if you want to manage your time productively. Here’s how it works: at the end of each day, write down the six (and only 6) most important things you need to accomplish tomorrow.

        Then, start working on each of the tasks the next day by priority. If there are any tasks leftover, put them in the top priority for the next day. Continue doing this until it becomes a daily routine for you. It really works like a charm if you are not consistent with your blogging related chores.

        Make sure to properly manage your email inbox as it eats most of the time. Check email only twice a day (I do it at 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.). Use the “Touch it once” concept which means either respond to, archive or delete an email. Never leave it in your inbox, and make sure to keep your inbox to zero by the end of the day if you really want to organise your email well.

        Thanks Joseph for sharing your tips and thanks Janice for publishing it. Keep rocking guys!

  2. Lisa Sicard

    Balogun and Janice, loved this post! I have started to learn to say NO to many things as our time is SO valuable today and we can’t possibly do it all. We think we can and then when we fail we wonder why.
    I am working on that morning routine and I have the hardest time getting offline but my goal is to have it nailed in 2 weeks.
    Thanks for these awesome tips and have a great day!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Lisa,
      As both a VA and a blogger, you must spend more time online than I do. If it’s productive and not bad for our health, why not?

  3. pizza lover 4

    I really struggle with delegation of stuff. Im trying to make a big effort in the area of productivity at the moment. I carry a little pocket book with me now and each day has a page of to do lists. this has helped. i used to be guilty of making that list way too long, net result it just didnt happen. I have to physically tell my self “just list 5 things” and if they are big things i now try and break them into stepping stones.

    ive also started getting up at 5am every and dedicating that time to my side gigs.

    i will start doing a few of the others on here as well . Number 7 is one I need to master. …..im always saying yes to everything !

    thanks for posting this

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Pizza Lover,
      Thanks for commenting. I actually tried getting up at 4:30. Then I got busier at night, couldn’t go to bed early enough, and stopped trying. I may try again depending on how busy my schedule is.

  4. Jeanette S. Hall

    Mark things that need to be done on your CALENDAR. Makes Way too much sense! Will start doing that from now on.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Jeanette,
      Yes, marking things on the calendar makes sense. It also helps when I actually look at the calendar, LOL! Thanks for writing.

  5. JoeHx

    I wish I could avoid long, boring and irrelevant meetings, but unfortunately those meetings are often mandatory and I have no choice in the matter.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Joe,
      I agree with you. My guest author penned this post. I have to sign in to meetings. If I don’t show, they will dock my hourly pay.

  6. Mark

    Good post.
    I think that saying ‘no’ is just about the most effective tactic to learn.
    Rory Vaden’s Procrastinate On Purpose goes through a series of these tactics. Automation is going to become the difference fairly soon, as those who begin to leverage AI will shoot ahead of the rest of us.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Mark,
      I have not heard of that book but it sounds like you recommend it. I’ll look into reading it and blogging about it. Does the book mention AI? It makes sense to use it if and when we can.

  7. Ryan Biddulph

    #2 definitely works for me B. I do a few things, so I do them well because where our attention and energy goes, grows. Makes sense to be a specialist, not a generalist. Excellent post.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Ryan,
      I like your advice: Be a specialist, not a generalist. I shall use that: Great tip! Thanks for writing.

  8. Mike

    Hi Janice, some great suggestions although the idea of boiling everything down to minutes as opposed to hours is quite stressful in itself.

    I totally agree in regards to the 80/20 rule and boring meetings, too many people get focused on the minutiae and then don’t look at the big picture.

    I will also take on board the suggestions in terms of to-do lists and only looking at things once, I think this can save me quite a bit of time. Thanks for the post.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Mike,
      I once read we should only touch our mail once, and that tip has served me well for many years now. Thanks for commenting. I’m glad you found these tips for effective Time Management Activities helpful.

  9. Mr Hoa

    Thank you Janice Wald. Very useful article. It will help me in the future.

  10. Ann

    Great post! I have begun to say no to many things, so I guess I’m on the right track. I’m also trying to be more selective in what I do throughout the day to be most productive. Thank you for sharing these insights!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Ann,
      I have been saying no for almost 4 years since I started blogging. The guilt? Comes and goes. I’m glad you enjoyed the Time Management Activities post.

  11. Alice V

    Great tips Janice! Happy to note I am doing at least 3 of these but I never thought to just add things to my calendar. Do you know how many sticky notes I have at my computer desk?LOL

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Alice,
      Thanks for the compliments on our Time Management Activities article. I thought it was just me! I have many sticky notes at my desk too, LOL! Thanks for writing.

  12. Ige Lewis

    What works mostly for me is having a to do list. I mean a daily to do.

    Without that, things get really clogged up your time space and straightly confusing . What doesn’t help is that I usually have a lot on my table each day.

    Very helpful tips Janice.

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Ige,
      Thanks for your compliments on my Time Management Activities article.
      I also have to do lists. I used to use Evernote, then Google Keep, then Wunderlist, now I use paper and pen.
      I agree it helps with organization.

  13. WooCommerce Development India

    Great posts I have been reading here for quite a long time. Thanks for sharing. It will be really helpful in the future. I often find issues and problems in managing my time to perform different things and this article really helped me out.

    • Janice Wald

      So glad to hear our article about time management activities helped you. Thanks for writing to tell us.

  14. Hiby

    I’m too easily distracted and … just have too little of the qualities on the list…lol

    But they say realising is the start of change … lol

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Hiby,
      Your comments were funny, I thought. You made time management sound like getting over an addiction– the 12-step program or something.

  15. Maria Perez


    I have been reading your blog for a while now. I would love to know how you continually post great content? It really amazes me.

    I particularly love this post because I am always looking for more hours in the day. I guess I just need to manage the time I got a little better.

    Thanks for the advice,


    • Janice Wald

      What sweet words, Maria, thank you!
      I’m glad you felt the time management activities post is helpful.
      Thanks for writing.

  16. Inksplore

    Hi Janice,

    Brilliant insights. Thank you so much for sharing these, I guess where I was lacking in my productivity, “Focus your attention on only one thing” contrary to my habit of doing this and than doing than and than again moving to the first task, by the end of the day I will be where I used to be. “Time travel for procrastination” will definitely start using it right from this moment.

    Janice, if you don’t mind, could you share some insights in an article on how to deal with setbacks and how to move pass them like it happens to millions of people in business and their day to day life. Would be really interesting to read your thoughts on the same. Thanks.

  17. Dr. Margaret Rutherford

    Appreciate the advice Janice — I especially like the “make it home”. Way too many people excuse their way out of that one — nice guest author!

    • Janice Wald

      Hi Margaret,
      Great to see you! Thanks for coming by!
      Since I started blogging, I have spent less time with my family. Now, every day from 7:00 pm on I put aside for my husband. We may spend other hours as well depending on the day of the week, but at the very least Wayne knows he can count on me whatever else goes on during that day.

  18. Michelle

    Learning to say “No” is a real life-changer. It really frees you up to do the important stuff.

    Popping in from Susie’s party 🙂

    • Janice Wald

      Thanks Marina. I look forward to exploring it. Thanks for bringing the link by.

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