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Kevin Kruse – New York Times best-selling author, Forbes contributor and Inc. 500 award-winning entrepreneur – combines his skills as a CEO and a journalist to search for common bonds of success by surveying people of great accomplishment. In surprisingly personal replies, billionaires, entrepreneurs and Olympians stress that they make the most of every minute, at work and at play. High achievers follow a fundamental mind-set. They regard time as an asset more valuable than money and they spend every minute wisely. They focus on their top goals. They strip clutter from their workplace and reject time-consuming commitments. Even hands-on entrepreneurs delegate most tasks. In this guide brimming with verbatim insights, top achievers emphasize the need for rest, exercise and even fun – maybe that’s why Kruse included some intriguing apps. getAbstract recommends his practical advice to anyone who wants to become more efficient and more successful.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How top achievers use their time as an asset,
  • How to shed distractions so you can focus your energy on your personal priorities and goals, and
  • How rest and recreation can help you succeed.

About the Author

Kevin Kruse is a New York Times best-selling author, frequent Forbes contributor, consultant and Inc. 500 award-winner. He founded several multimillion-dollar companies and conducts presentations on productivity at conferences worldwide.



Fifteen Top Time-Management Tips

In a series of revealing interviews, seven billionaires, 13 Olympians, 29 star students and 239 entrepreneurs explained their 15 most useful time-management secrets:

1. “Time Is Your Most Valuable and Scarcest Resource”

As a CEO irked by constant interruptions, author Kevin Kruse posted a large sign reading, “1440.” He discovered that viewing his day as 1,440 minutes of potential success helped him focus on essential tasks. His employees began emulating his 1,440-minute mind-set, thus increasing productivity throughout his company. Kruse’s interviews and surveys with top achievers confirm that they share this point of view. They recognize time as their most valuable asset. The loss of money, even the failure of a business, still leaves future opportunities to regain ground, but lost time is irreplaceable.

2. “Identify Your Most Important Task” and Do It First

Successful people focus on their top priority, long-term goals and identify meaningful, specific short-term goals they must accomplish first. Breaking short-term goals down into measurable steps guides high achievers to their “most important tasks” (MIT). ...

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    Aslam Yaqoob 4 months ago
    Love it
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    val benza 1 year ago
    very inspiring
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    ROBERTO MILLONE 1 year ago
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    Kelly Barker 1 year ago
    Love this. Thank you
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    Akanimo Ekong 1 year ago
    Love it! My first Abstract book summary. Reinforced what I know about using the calendar and saying No. need to better delegate, control my inbox and embrace theme days
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    Jeanette Masters 1 year ago
    This summary is a succinct list of time management tools - some of which I employ regularly and others that I know in theory but do not always employ. One immediate takeaway that I can improve is in #4, "do now what you promise to do later". That applies to my desire to establish a routine - making time for self and fitness, #14.
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    Jiangyan Ge 2 years ago
    I think all the points are useful for me. It seems that the successful people are autonomic.
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    Shani Ellis 2 years ago
    Nice list of 15 things you can refer back to that are all doable. #15 was my favorite you need enough energy and focus not time to excel and be productive. Taking time to start the day off right will start you on a good foot and shape the remainder of your day.
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    Chong Park 2 years ago
    I like the concept of working from a calendar which requires to schedule and plan the MITs rather than having a to-do list. But most of all, to recharge my energy and keep focusing seems to me the key ingredients. #30DaysOfSummaries
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    Karishma Samtani 2 years ago
    #30DaysofSummaries I like the point "behave like the person you hope to become", agree with A A that it somewhat is a more enhanced version of the 5 Choices, it is a challenge though for someone who is more junior to cancel on meetings even though it may not support their immediate goals. On the personal front I think everyone can apply these, but on the professional front I think some points can be a challenge for the junior population in the workplace
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    joy wang 2 years ago
    #30DaysOfSummaries This article makes readers feel time pressing, and the tips should be useful to some people.
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    Ashish Agarwal 2 years ago
    #30Days of Summaries: Ties in to the 5 Choices from earlier this week, how much time management is really in your control in the modern workplace?
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    Tevfik Bulent Ongun 2 years ago
    Great summary. Thanks.
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    Amer Maraqa 2 years ago
    Better than watching the news each morning! Thanks!
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    Merve Sena Dogan 2 years ago
    very useful and simple hints!
    cannot wait to try some of them...
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    Martha Embry 2 years ago
    Excellent advice on regaining time lost on what matters most!
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    Marichu Vicente 2 years ago
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    Alistair Erskine 2 years ago
    Monday calendar entry "Read compressed knowledge on GerAbstract" :-)
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      Marichu Vicente 2 years ago
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    Andrew Cherrie 2 years ago
    Really practical with tried and tested research makes for an excellent read.
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    Samantha Ford 2 years ago
    "Hard workers make room in their schedules for relaxation. Spending more time on work doesn’t guarantee more or better results. Maintaining maximum energy levels and working in short spurts aids productivity. " This one's a hard one to do without feeling guilty. It's challenging to break from the mentality that one's being paid to work 8 hours therefore, one must work 8 hours no matter the quality of the product.
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    DEWA PUTRA 2 years ago
    Excellence, 20% effort, 80% result
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    Greisy Flores 2 years ago
    Work from your calendar, not your to do list. Amen
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    Ihtsham Hashmi 3 years ago
    very impressive summary. 2. “Identify Your Most Important Task” and Do It First
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    Ashok Kumar2 3 years ago
    Good One
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    Billy Boucheu 3 years ago
    Very good one.
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    Steffen Moll 3 years ago
    Lots of great ideas and productivity hacks
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    N Dingari 3 years ago
    A practical and proven guide to succeed, through a time saving Abstract !!
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    Yahaya yusuf 3 years ago
    Very apt and enlightening
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    Ahmed Ibrahim 3 years ago
    Thanks for your 
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    Keith Hollingsworth 3 years ago
    Great summary, thanks.
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    Erick Allen 3 years ago
    Very good summary
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      Wim Annerel 3 years ago
      I agree!