Monthly Archives: September 2009

Time Management 101 – Mini Days

Has anyone ever heard of Mini Days?

It’s a productivity system that streamlines your physical movements for optimum production, with no burn out.

The best example of the concept is Henry Ford’s assembly line, where instead of having one person put the tires on, and then they go and work on the engine, and then go and tighten the bolts, and so on, each person is specified one specific physical movement at a time. They might put only tires on many different cars for a period of 4 hours, and then might move to tightening bolts for a couple of hours, but they are not wasting time walking around, getting the tools they need for one job, and then going and doing the same thing with other jobs that need to be done, and wasting more time. Each action is streamlined. This is how Henry Ford turned the process of producing cars from a hundreds-a-day process to a thousands-a-day process, which we now call mass-production.

It can be the same for your phone calls, word processing, school work ect. Define your tasks by the actual physical movements you make. Select a set amount of time each day dedicated to that task. Set up a time schedule for when you will perform each task each day. An example might be Phone Calls, Operations (could be anything), Meetings, in my case updating my website, ect. Work only for that set amount of time on each task, and even if you don’t finish what you start, move on to the next task when the time is up. This way you are chipping away at many things each day, without getting worn out by any of them. By the end of a week, you may have your whole list completely done, with no unneeded stress or seemingly hard effort.

These little spurts of productivity are called Mini Days because once your done with one, it’s almost like starting a brand new day doing something completely different. It can work wonders! Remember it’s all about streamlining your physical movements so you don’t waste time for example typing something, then remembering you have to call someone, and then going back to typing. Block everything into time slots so you can use your time as efficiently as possible.

Just thought I’d share because no one seems to have ever heard of it and everyone I tell uses it and loves it. I learned this trick in a pretty amazing book I’ve read called Neo Tech, which means New Think. I’d definitely recommend looking into it.

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Written by: Dante Cullari, Founder & President Beat-Play, LLC

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