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15 Secrets Successful People Know About Time Management

by Kevin Kruse


We read and hear about productivity and time management ideas from many sources. We are bombarded with a lot of different hacks and best practices, but we tend to forget about them. This book is the solution. It’s like a collection of the best practices and productivity hacks, enabling us to double our productivity and at the same time, our happiness. Written in 2015, this is probably the best book on this subject available to the modern world.

About the Author

Kevin M. Kruse is a professor of history at Princeton University. He served as the David L. Rike University Preceptor of History from 2003 to 2006. His research interests include the political, social, and urban/suburban history of 20th-century America, with a particular focus on the making of modern conservatism.

Great ideas from this book


1. Time is the most valuable resource.

2. Every day, start your work with the Most Important Task (MIT).

3. Work from your calendar, not a to-do list.


4. Don’t let your future self sabotage you.

5. Dream big, as a powerful strategy to overcome procrastination.

6. Do your exercise (and other activities) with friends.

7. Be who you want to become in the future.

8. Settle for good enough.


9. Disconnect and recharge every day.


10. Always carry a notebook with you and make handwritten notes.


11. Reduce the time spent on your inbox.

12. Make meetings effective.


13. Say no to everything that does not support your goals.


14. Use the 80/20 principle to better manage your professional and private life.

Delegating Skills

15. Focus your time only on things that utilize your unique strengths and passions.

Self-organization skills

16. Organize your week by themes.

17. Use the “touch it once” technique


18. Invest the first 60 minutes of each day in rituals that strengthen your mind, body, and spirit.

19. Productivity is about energy and focus, not time. Manage your energy.