Mastering time management skills with business mentor Tish Mousell

The energetic business lecturer offers her unparalleled wisdom and perspective on getting things done while working from home. Check out her six proven methods for creating powerful to-do lists and avoidingsome common time-management pitfalls.

Tish Mousell

Imagine if you could get all of your priorities taken care of every day, without feeling fatigued or battling procrastination and perfectionism. It may feel like a lofty goal, but acclaimed business coach Tish Mousell shares tips for how it's actually attainable in her latest lecture (and the first online HOWtoWOW workshop), called "Time Management, or How to Achieve More While Doing Less."


After working with the world's best agencies, including Adam & EveDDB, Publicis, Starcom, and W + K, as well as with massive international clients like Vodafone, Harrods, Manchester United, and many others, Mousell is sought out by leading organizations to coach and inspire their employees. Now, she is sharing her motivational approach to help individuals pursue their own sense of satisfaction, purpose, and accomplishment, in addition to honing their time management skills.


In 2020, working remotely has forced many people to rethink their work environments and daily schedules. Learning how to best manage your time without putting too much pressure on yourself is more crucial than ever. To make things simpler, Mousell developed a handy list of a dozen potential time management mistakes, along with a number of strategies for making to-do lists and choosing priorities.


A list of time traps to avoid include the following:


  • Overloading your schedule
  • Not delegating work to others
  • Accepting any and every new task that arises




If any of these sound familiar, don't worry: Mousell has decided on six to-do list systems that will help anyone sort out their priorities. We'll walk you through a few of them in detail so you can start managing your time more efficiently.


The first method is called "Urgent and Important," which helps separate what needs to be done right now (urgent and important) from what needs to be scheduled (important, but not urgent) and what should be delegated (urgent, but not important). It also reinforces one of Mousell's main takeaways that she hopes all her viewers receive: you don't have to handle every single thing on your list by yourself. Delegation, she notes, is a pillar of productive people's lives. You can also scrap items from your list that aren't urgent or important but that you thought were necessary when crafting your initial list.


Still wondering how you're going to accomplish all those urgent, important tasks? Another Mousell technique is known as "A-B-C-D-E," an acronym that helps chronic overschedulers admit that they can't do everything. This stands for:


  • A = Alert, this task is urgent and important
  • B = Be nice to get this task done today
  • C = Can't get this task done today
  • D = Delegate this task
  • E = Eliminate this task


A final to-do list method from the lecture is a trick called the "Five Ds," something Mousell used with Manchester United. This method breaks down five choices for approaching work:


  1. Don't do it
  2. Delay it
  3. Delegate it
  4. Dissect it into smaller pieces
  5. Do it with delight


Mousell's methods to develop better time management skills are easy to understand, remember, and implement when setting up your schedule—and using just one is sure to make an immediate positive impact on your productivity.