How to task manage like the former first lady

Many successful people attribute some of their success to their time management skills. Some have added their very own twist to customize a time management regime that works for them. We’ve tracked down some of their wisdom so that we, too, can manage our lives like a boss.

Michelle Obama

Former first lady of the United States of America, Michelle Obama, is the epitome of ambition and grown-up leadership. She recommends that people try to organize every aspect of your lives -both personal and professional goals.

“I’m ruthlessly efficient, but I have to be organized about [myself],” Obama said. “I have to be as organized about my life as I am about my work.” “Working in happiness” is important to her.

While penciling in time with your family may seem a bit weird, it’s an effective way to make sure you don’t overload your life with stress.

Robert Herjavec

Shark Tank superstar Robert Herjavec is a successful CEO who never failed to make time for his kids. He reports that he speaks with his secretary at least 20 times a day to keep himself on top of schedule and recommends that everyone plans a year in advance.

Marking dates in your calendar the moment you hear of them -no matter how far in the future those dates are -is very important. That’s how this business tycoon coordinated his busy schedule with his children’s schooling. He never missed a swim meet.

Jeff Wiener

LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner likes to schedule every aspect of his day — even to do nothing. Making time to relax is just as important as getting things done (burn out feels bad, remember?). It gives you something to look forward to; a chance to decompress and making sure you balance work and rest perfectly.

Mary Callahan Erdoes

The CEO of JPMORGAN Asset Management, Mary Callahan Erdoes, is a poster person for lists. She told CNBC that you must be “manically focused on owning your calendar, on having the lists of what you need from other people and what other people need from you.”

She says staying on top of your lists and always being aware of issues as they crop up is crucial. Managing a calendar becomes even more important as your levels of responsibilities rise and you become more successful.

What time management tips work for you? Feel free to share them!


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