Now this post has the potential to be really hardcore and serious. If y'all are into that, we'll go there sometime. I'm good with that if you are. But today is more about the fun side of time management, so take my advice as it begs to be taken: with a lick of salt and a wedge of lime.
1) Ignore your co-workers (or co-lifers) during your most productive time of day. Mine is anytime before 11am, and during that time, I just act like I hate everyone and everything about mornings. It's like the bend and snap... works every time =)
2) Bribery. Not others, although I hear that can work wonders as well. Nope, bribery of self. Wine after homework. Cooking shows while on the treadmill. Afternoon chocolate if I can be nice to people. Without these little bribes, I wouldn't get nearly as much done.
3) Pessimism. Oh, just lay that on me. Lay it on thick. I will destroy you and your pessimism, and I'll giggle all the while. I don't care if I don't sleep for 4 months in the pursuit. I've done it before, and I'll damn sure do it again. Watching someone realize that I've done something nobody else thought was possible is tastier than barbecue AND froyo for me. And guys, I really, really, really love both of those things. My parents told me that I wouldn't survive one week in the ROTC program. When I resigned from the program after 3 semesters, I was at the top of my class, I had arranged some big events for the detachment, was working part time, and had maintained a decent GPA. No, I didn't sleep much those 3 semesters. But I crammed more into that time then most people cram into 3 years of college life. All because people told me I wouldn't be able to hang.
4) There is no Earth-shattering secret, there is only hard work. I get the things I get, and I see results because I don't sit around waiting for an easier way. I start. If something improved comes along, I adapt. But I don't research something to death, or wait around for a "big thing" if there are things in life that matter to me. It's how I know that something is good. I research bad ideas to a slow and painful death. I jump in headfirst into things that matter, and I learn as I go.
I realize this somehow is still serious. These are all legit techniques I employ to master time management. I keep negative nay-sayers around to drive me forward. I bribe myself. I rush into things, because it means that I take that crucial step of starting. I ignore people when I'm in the zone. However, the results speak for themselves. And I really, really love when that happens.