Ideally I'll find one that also cleans my house.
Sue Shellenbarger wrote recently about her experiment with three different systems:
- Getting Things Done
- The Pomodoro Technique (requires buying a tomato shaped timer - fun!)
- FranklinCovey's Focus
There are pros and cons to each, and she has decided to use the elements from each that work for her.
I'm a huge fan of Leo Babauta's Zen To Done system as described in his E-Book. It's a simpler (and more Zen-like) approach to productivity than Getting Things Done, but with GTD influences.
For something a bit more radical, try changing your perception of time from a Newtonian approach (time is scarce) to an Einsteinian one (you are where time comes from).
Gay Hendricks outlines this concept and describes how adopting it can make you more productive in his new book, "The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level".
Another paradigm-shifting concept of your relationship with time is explained in Darlene Cohen's "The One Who Is Not Busy: Connecting with Work in a Deeply Satisfying Way". Mindfulness plays a huge starring role in this approach.
I'm still experimenting with ways of relating to and managing my time that work best for me.
I'm thinking about getting that tomato timer, in the meantime.
And I'm still waiting for my house to get clean.
I'd love to hear: What time management system works best for you? How long did it take for using it to become a habit?