It seems today everyone is busier than ever. Higher standards, innovation, day-to-day operations, future planning, business travel, competition, family obligations and the details of daily life all combine to create the kind of pressure that, as one business leader put it, makes it hard to breathe. Anyone who suffers a scarcity of time must learn to be more effective in their use of time or risk becoming victims of their own success.

The solution? Stop trying to go faster, and instead maximize the time you have so you’re more productive. Yes, it is possible, and the benefit is that as you gain productivity, you actually work less...