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GHarvGHarv Posts: 456

Need a bit of help.

I'm in the middle of writing a new book on Time Management - Short, punchy, tips focused rather than 200 pages of meandering drivel

I'm after your best tips for managing your time at home, for tri or at work.

If i use it i'll make sure you get your name in lights along with your tip.

It won't be an expensive book i'm thinking £5 but I'm also thinking (Need to sort out prining and publisheer costs etc.) that at least £1 from each copy can go to Team Laws? Ben if your out there what do you think?
Posting this is also good for my time management as i now need to get mhy finger out!

PM your ideas.



  • jonEjonE Posts: 1,113
    Ignore your mothers advice and "run don't walk"
  • get up an hour earlier, it won't kill you!
  • doogledoogle Posts: 58
    Time management at Work:
    If someone wants to talk and you want to get on with work, look uncomfortable, perch on a chair or desk, and glance at the clock they will soon get the message. if you look comfortable they will stay longer.

    For meetings set a time and an agenda and stick to it. if an item is not covered by the end of the hour (or length of time set) it goes onto the next agenda. if people are late for the meeting they miss it don't wait.

    In life: get up 2 minutes earlier each day for a month, soon you have and hour extra every day.

    In tri: put your kit on when you get up instead of having to change after breakfast to train, you will be more likely to go straight out than to put it off.
    Train at work if possible: lunch time runs or swims, cycle commutes.
    If you have more than one bike get a seat pack and mini pump for each bike so you are not looking for spares before heading out.
    Mix drinking bottle the night before and out them in the fridge.
    lay training kit out the night before.
    leave a set of swimming gear in your car so you don't forget it.

    just a few of mine, hope they help
  • BritspinBritspin Posts: 1,655
    Nothing new here I am sure, but:
    Write it down...list your tasks for the day/week/month, ticking them off feels good.
    Preparation...as above make your days food the night before & fridge it, save time in the morning & saves a nutritional disaster mid afternoon, setting up for the evenings training.
    Remove yourself from peole who are 'users', they contribute little but take a lot...office gossip etc, takes time, contributes nothing.
    Have a place for everything & everything in its place, kit, keys, anything you find yourself looking for time after time.
  • jonEjonE Posts: 1,113
    Simplyfy everthing be it training time or purchases into three catergories.
    1.is it essential
    2.is it desirable
    3.is it a luxury
  • PetabPetab Posts: 13
    Ok, so it's taken me about 2yrs to figure this out for myself so here it is:

    Set alarm for 4.20am
    take the dog with you so you dont have to go out twice
    powernap on the tube on the way to work (my commute is 1.5-2hrs each way)
    powernap on the tube on the way home from work (work hours are 9-6)
    Drink energy gel 3 stops before you get off tube
    go straight to the gym/training before going home
    don't eat a big meal before you go to bed - if you need carbs use a liquid form ie. easily soluble carbs - your body uses a lot of energy digesting - the less you eat late, the more easily digestible - the LESS sleep you need (v. important - carbs ie. pasta etc make you very sleepy - nice deep sleep but not so easy to get up)
    Eat lots of spirulina tablets
    get an online coach who is patient enough to sort out your training life for you!

    Job done! 2yrs later....1st tri coming up.....about damn time!

  • hitman786hitman786 Posts: 37
    - Plan easy days around long or intensive workouts.

    - Watch out for post-killer-workout syndrome

    - Plan your workouts at high-energy times.

    - Plan your workouts to increase energy.

    - Recognize when not to train.

    - Develop a routine

    - Always keep spare gear in the car
  • Hello,

    I am not to give you any tips for time management because i think you got enough here. I just wait for you book.

  • QuitterQuitter Posts: 160
    Save time when writing a book by asking other people on the internet.

    Eat your breakfast whilst sat on the bog.

    Finish your breakfast before you finish on the bog.
  • largeadelargeade Posts: 166
    Courtesy of Viz top tips:

    When listening to your favourite CD, simply turn up the sound to the volume you desire - then turn it down three notches. This saves your wife having to do it.

    Only use the loo at work. Not only will you save money on toilet paper, but you'll also be getting paid.

    Avoid getting a sore behind by simply placing a naan bread over your saddle. This will comfort your ride and when you return home, saves cooking: a ready warm snack.
  • Hello,

    Nice informative post regarding time management tips. I m waiting for your book.

    "All great achievements require time."

    Time Management Training
  • MowfMowf Posts: 272
    Ooh time management - the bane of my life. I have ADD, so managing my time is a constant battle for me. Here are some things that have helped me:

    Lists - but more importantly keeping the list in front of me and making it action based.

    Write everything down and dont be tempted to just do what is asked of you when it is asked. That way you don't end up with a bunch of unfinished tasks that then start to become stressfull. I also find that 'chunking' these small/less important tasks together and then knocking them all out when I have a few spare minutes works well.

    As far as training goes I find that the following helps:

    - Run in your lunch hour and aim to get something out of it. For example I can bosch out a 40 minute tempo run and a shower in my lunch hour. The beauty of that is that it can be combined with an evening or morning swim. If you struggle with motivating yourself or getting away from your desk - arrange to go out with a collegue so you have a commitment that you dont want to break.

    - Do at least one pre-work swim per week. As above, it's low impact so you can combine with a lunchtime or evening run.

    That's my starter for 10 anyway. I dont always stick to it, i have to be honest. But when i do i find that my work productivity and training is far better and more consistent.
  • shadowone1shadowone1 Posts: 1,408
    Spam or not????
  • jonEjonE Posts: 1,113
    Has to be spaaaaaaaaam

    first posting,and motivational speaker link,
    smite them,smite them at once.
  • MowfMowf Posts: 272
    At least it is vaguely relevant. Not selling cheap Nike trainers or viagra. Although I wonder where the link goes - anyone dare to click it yet?
  • okennyokenny Posts: 231
    probably spam but still started a good discussion....

    I like the lists idea, I have lists for biking, swimming, running....bricks etc....
    forgetting stuff is bloody annoying, and driving home from the pool to get goggles is a time waaassstter!

    those of u who swim before work, or in the lunch hour - do u not get tires then an hours or two afterwards.
    I usually just want to sleep after a session - that's why evening training suits me down to the ground.
    just back from the pool now, thinking nap, but my GAT officer says no
  • jonEjonE Posts: 1,113
    okenny wrote:

    those of u who swim before work, or in the lunch hour - do u not get tires then an hours or two afterwards.
    A quick run,mid shift during a break,did the opposite,and perked me up.Until they shortened the break times
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