The 60/15/10 Rule for Time Management

Time is our most precious asset.  We all have 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day.  How we spend our time will determine whether we are productive and successful, or ineffective.

When it comes to network marketing time management is the one thing that most distributors struggle with. Most distributors have a family, a day job, and other responsibilities. By the time they get home from work, eat dinner, spend time with their spouse/partner and kids, and watch some television, it’s time to go to bed.  As a result, most people do nothing to build their network marketing business on a daily basis.

Additionally, most prospects who don’t join your team will give you the excuse of “not having enough time” as their answer.  The truth is we all have time for things that are important to us. More importantly, we all have the same amount of time each day. Some people use that time wisely, yet most people are horrible with time management.

Today, I’m going to share a simple and practical time management system that I use.  I’ve been using it for years with much success.  It works very well for me and I’d be willing to bet that if you used this strategy in your network marketing business you would be much more effective (and happier).

I call my time management system the 60/15/10 Rule.  It is a rule I use on most days to manage my time effectively.  The formula equates to 60 minutes of focused work followed by 15 minutes of fun or non-essential tasks, followed by 10 minutes of planning.  I will cover each step of the process below.

60 Minutes of Work – During this phase you do nothing but the task at hand.  You FOCUS on that one task until it is complete.  If you finish the task before the 60 minutes are complete, you move directly to the next task on your list.  No checking emails.  No surfing the net.  No Facebook.  You don’t answer phone calls or do ANYTHING but the task at hand.  No bathroom breaks either.  This is simply one hour of intense focus.

15 Minutes of Play – Once you finish your one hour or work, you need to give yourself a small break.  During this 15 minutes you can use the bathroom, surf Facebook, check your email, talk on your phone, get a snack, or do whatever you want to do.  I like to think of this as a reward for being productive during the previous hour.

10 Minutes of Planning – After you 15 minutes of play/fun are up, your next objective is to have 10 minutes of planning.  This is where you will plan EXACTLY what you need to do during your next 60 minutes of work.  You can update your “to do” list, get organized, and set priorities.

Repeat – You simply keep repeating this process over and over during the work day.  On an average 8 hour work day you can go through this cycle about five to six times.  Although you are only “working” five or six out of the eight hours, I’d bet that you would outperform most other folks who work a 24-hour shift.

Your key to success is concentrated, focused effort.  Most people who work an hour probably waste at least 45 minutes doing unproductive things such as answering the phone, responding to email, organizing their desk, etc.  I call this busy work. Sure, these tasks keep them busy, but the tasks also keep them from being productive.

I’ve also found that when you do thing in batches, you can be extremely productive, even in a smaller amount of time.  In addition, focusing on the most important thing at hand and doing nothing else until it is complete works very well.

I hope you will use my 60/15/10 Rule in your business (or job), even if just for one day.  Try it out and see if it works for you.  See if it increases your productivity.  Once you start using it, you will probably never revert back to your old ways.

What are your thoughts?  What do you do to manage your time effectively?  Any tips or suggestions would be appreciated.  Leave a comment below to share your thoughts.  I look forward to hearing from you.

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6 thoughts on “The 60/15/10 Rule for Time Management”

  1. This is one of my favorite posts on this site. Very useful indeed.

    I have to admit that time management was an issue for me, even though I’m working on it and am seeing a bit of improvement. And I’m sure this tip is going to help me improve my time management even further.

    Most people work for hours on end, but most of their time is not spent doing focused work.

    But you can accomplish much more this way even if you worked 2-3 hours a day, than you would sitting all day in front of the computer screen.

    Thank you for sharing.

  2. I do think the breakdown of time would be beneficial. It can be so tedious to just sit down and work for hours on end. Of course, too much down time can keep you from completing necessary tasks. This seems like a good balance to help you stay productive, give yourself a mental break, and then make a plan for how to keep moving forward.

  3. The 60-15-10 rule seems like a good system. Maybe I should start using it more. I consider myself a somewhat productive individual, but if I can find ways to become even more productive, that would be great.

    I really enjoy how you explained the system here. It seems this could be used in many business structures…not just network marketing.

    The key I see here is having a timer you set for each period. I know how easy it can be to get caught up in play and forget about time. That goes for work too.

    Very good advice Chuck. Thanks.

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