Jul 172013
 

Time Management Tip:

Here’s a way to rescue your time.

Ever got to the end of a day and wondered where your time went. People in my programs tell me this happens all the time to them (sometimes it’s even the whole week!)

What if there was a way to rescue your time!

I don’t have a time machine, sorry. But there is a great tool that can monitor your time, based on how you have used your computer, and give you insights as to where your time goes. Try Rescue Time.

Once you understand where your times goes you can significantly improve your time management.

Tracking your time is a very powerful time management technique. Most people I talk to tell me that it is “painful” to track their time. Here’s a tool that makes tracking your time really easy – Time Tracking Tool.

Now you can work out ways to reduce distractions and increase time spent on your highest priorities.

Want to take more control of your time? Here are some tips you probably haven’t hear before.

Have the time of your life today.

Michael

 

Jul 182012
 

Stephen Covey has left this world a better place. To quote Stephen, he “lived, loved and left a legacy”.

On behalf of the many thousands of people I know that read his books or attended seminars and workshops, I would like to say THANK YOU Stephen Covey.

Best wishes to the Covey family.

Michael

May 052011
 

Time Management Tips.

Getting Things Done (GTD) author David Allen has an excellent newsletter. In the latest edition David talks about how many people focus on to-dos and actions when they haven’t clearly thought through the project.

David says that organizing the structure and components is only one of the five levels of thinking that must be clear to make a project happen efficiently and effectively in the world. It is only half of the “How?” part of project planning (the prior half being creative brainstorming about all the things in the way and along the way that ought to be considered.)

Levels one two and three, (purpose, vision, brainstorming) usually get little time compared to the other levels (organization and next actions). Allen says that the one thing people need to do less of is in projects is ‘organize’.

So for you next project spend at least twice as much time on the purpose and brainstorming levels and see how much effective your project is.

For more information on this article, the five stages of  Natural Planning and GTD go to http://www.davidco.com/newsletters/archive/0511.html

Have the time of your life today :-)

Michael

organizing the structure and components is only one of the five levels of thinking that must be clear to make a project happen efficiently and effectively in the world. It is only half of the “How?” part of project planning (the prior half being creative brainstorming about all the things in the way and along the way that ought to be considered.)
Apr 072011
 

Time Management Tip:

Am I being productive or just busy?

This is question #5 in the Goals to Action article on 6 questions that give you more time.

Are you always busy. Do you feel busy. When people ask “how are you?” do you answer “busy”. Where is all this busy-ness getting you? If you are anything like my clients then most of you are still struggling to find enough time in the day.

Your to-do list keeps growing. The quiet time at work never seems to come and you just can’t seem to catch-up, despite working hard and constantly being busy.

Being busy isn’t good enough any more. It is very easy to day to do stuff that makes you busy. Busy is not productive and it does not get you results. In fact being busy is probably stopping you from achieving your goals.

Each task you decide to do should get you closer to your most important goals. If it doesn’t then it is a distraction and makes you busy rather than productive.

Check in with yourself to see whether you are moving closer to achieving your goals every day. If you aren’t then you need to change your decision making process to select tasks that will move you forward.

Another great tool is to change your language. Stop using the word busy and replace it with words that indicate progress for you such as overcoming challenges, seeking opportunities, enjoying the experience or simply great, fun fantastic.

Have the time of your life :-)

 

Michael

Feb 042011
 

That’s the headline of David Allen latest food for thought. David (author if Getting Things Done – GTD). Raises a fantastic point that we can very easily become complacent.

“I am as organized as I will ever be,” is a typical phrase I hear that indicates complacency.

David suggests we need to disrupt the status quo. Stretch, Disrupt, Regroup, Stabilize. That’s the model David uses. And that may mean you need to get more Disorganized before you get back in control!!

Which of those states are you in?  Which one do you need to be in?

I am just heading into a major stretch phase – which is scary and exciting too.

Have the time of your life this week.

Michael

Jan 102011
 

Happy New Year :-)  Have you made your New Year’s resolutions like thousands of others have in the last week? Would you like to know the key ingredient most people forget when they set their new resolutions?

TIME!

The main reason most people fail to keep their resolutions is time – specifically lack of it. Your resolution is to exercise, but you don’t find the time. Your resolution is to have more life balance, but time gets away from you. Your resolution is to travel, but before you know it the year has gone.

If you really want to keep your 2011 New Year’s resolutions get yourself a time management system (I call it a life management system). Use it to book time to DO your resolution.

May you have the time of your life in 2011.

Michael

Jun 112010
 

Welcome to the new and updated Time Management Central Blog, where we help you to cut your work hours.

Check out the #1 Secret to Cut 6.5 Hours Off Your Work Week and Get a Pay Rise at the Same Time. This is something unique. In some ways it is the opposite of what they team in Time Management Seminars. Check it out here http://www.time-management-central.net/cut-your-work-hours.html

I look forward to receiving your feedback.

Have a great day and may you make time for some fun :-)