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I was promised by my religious education teacher that by the time I reached fifty I would be working a four-day week. The Americans had just landed on the moon, with less than the computer capacity of your smartwatch. My teacher was certain that the technological advances would be used so ably and willingly by us that it was inconceivable that we would not have an extra day of recreation. Has this happened?
We have a brewery in New Zealand called Tui, and they have an advertising campaign called “Yeah right.”, and one of their billboards could read “I use technology so efficiently that I have a four-day week. Yeah right”. In other words, we are not using technology properly. You only have to look at your emails to concur with me that we’re stuffing it up.

When I was in my thirties, the king of time management was Stephen Covey. He wrote the book “First thing’s first”, and developed an international training programme that hundreds of thousands of people attended, including myself.

What I have discovered, is that with the passing of Stephen Covey, a whole generation of people have not been exposed to time management principles leading to an epidemic of time-poor practices. I discovered this when I wrote an article for Accountants in Business on time management. It created far more feedback than all my other articles put together.

I have been lucky to have been exposed to many old-school managers who were “ruthless with time and chivalrous with people”. In this working guide I share with you their words of wisdom.