Time often holds us hostage. We wrestle with endless to-do lists, pressurized deadlines and spiraling guilt (from failing to get it all done). But there is a way out. Good habits – planning, organization and focus – can unlock the prison of “not enough time.” Check out these five time-management pointers, culled from experts, and let the tips set you free.
1. Focus on values.
Instead of going full throttle at every task, invest time in identifying your core values. Then, schedule selectively. Take a look at your life and determine which activities are vital: high-payoff, crucial, life- or business-sustaining.
full throttle：全力以赴、全力衝刺、馬力全開、全速（= difficult to do everything well）
How to: Break activities into categories – family, work, friends, home, self. Assign a different highlighter color to each category. A glance at the color-coded schedule will reveal how balanced (or unbalanced, as the case may be) your life is.
Then, set aside an hour on a Sunday to ask yourself what’s really important. Make a list and grab your calendar. If you love art, schedule museum trips like you would a dental appointment. If family time is key, designate one day per month as a family outing day. Think creatively.
if you …, … like you would …（如果你…，做…就如同你去做…是一樣的方式）
think outside the box.（= think creatively）