Jul 152013
 

Time Management Tip:

The secret ingredient of effective time management.

In David Allen’s recent GTD newsletter he wrote,

The concept of daily or weekly to-do lists is as outdated as rotary phones. Instead we need a total, 360-degree view of everything we want to accomplish, and all the actions required to start any of them ………

What David is saying is that getting really clear about your life goals and your goals for this year is critical for effective time management.

Almost all the people that I speak to at events, training sessions and coaching programs are not clear about their life goals. And they have not really thought about what they want to achieve this year.

Think about it, if you don’t really know what you want in your life this year how can you know if you are using your time effectively?

So take some time to create some dreams, life goals and goals for the rest of this year. 

Then you will see how this helps you to prioritize, which will improve your time management effectiveness.

Want to get more control of your time? Here’s how!  And receive a gift that steps you through how to set your goals.

Have the time of your life, today!

Michael

Jun 192013
 

Time Management Tip:

Why clarity has a powerful impact on time management effectiveness.

A self made millionaire, Haroldson Lafayette Hunt, know as HL, gave us a great inisght on how to be successful and use our time wisely.  HL said that we must decide exactly what we want to accomplish. He commented that in his experience most people don’t get really clear about what they want.

So decide exactly what you want to achieve, for today, this week, this year and your whole life.

HL then said work out what price you will have to pay to get it. Decide if you are willing to pay the price. If you are prepared to pay the price go get it. If you don’t want to pay the price don’t even start. Find something else that has a price you are willing to pay.

This advice has a massive impact on you effective use of time. I suggest if we use this advice there will be a lot less time wasted on stuff that is not really important.

Find out how to take control of your time at work.

Michael

 

Dec 172012
 

Time Management Tip:

Less is more – one of those philosophical quotes that challenges our thinking.

Greg McKeown, writing for the Harvard Business review (HBR) tells us that the Disciplined Pursuit of Less enables us to reach a higher level of success.

McKeown’s suggestions for this pursuit are:

Use more extreme criteria – to define what you are passionate about and what you are really good at.

Ask “What is essential?” and eliminate the rest – figure what habits/beliefs are helping you move forward and the ones that either add no value or hold you back. Only keep the ones that clearly benefit you.

Third, beware of the endowment effect – which says that we give higher value to things we own. Instead ask yourself, “If I did not have this opportunity, how much would I be willing to sacrifice in order to obtain it?”

The full article can be found at The Disciplined Pursuit of Less – HBR.

And if you would like to take this a step further and make 2013 your best year yet you can get this Personal Best Year program free with this Time Management System.

Have the time of your life.

Michael

 

Nov 132012
 

Time Management Tip:

“I love the thing and I hate it at the same time. The reason I love it is that it gives me so much power. And the reason I hate it is that it has so much power over me.”
This insightful quote from a senior executive artfully describes the “always connected” experience of today’s managers.
Leslie Perlow, author of, Sleeping with your smart phone, says their are significant benefits from being disconnected — from your phone that is.
Perlow suggests we have planned predictable time off (PTO).
Perlow found that people who planned PTO were more satisfied at work, had better work-life balance and were excited about going to work each day. They are also more likely to stay at the organization and feel they add value.
So what does PTO look like?
Every team member sets a goal around PTO. The team discusses each person’s PTO goal and progress each week as part of the weekly meeting. The team leader supports & encourages the PTO process.
Now it’s your turn. What is your PTO goal for 2013?
How much time off did you take in 2012? If you are like most people it is not enough. Now you are tired and just wanting the year to end.
Have the time of your life.
Michael

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Nov 082012
 

Time Management Tip:

We seem to be a community that is multi-tasking more and more. Walking and talking or texting. Driving and making phone calls. Sending email when in a meeting.

But does multi-tasking really make us more effective?

Not according to the research at Stanford. The study looked at dealing with distractions, memory and switching between tasks. The findings might surprise you!

The participants were divided into 2 groups. One group defined themselves as regular multi-taskers. Group two consisted of people who didn’t regard themselves as multi-taskers.

In all three areas, dealing with distraction, memory and switching between tasks the non-multi-task group did better.

Yep, that’s right – the people who said they were no good at multi-tasking were better at multi-tasking than those who said they multi-task a lot!

Clearly multi-tasking does not make you more effective. Rather a clear focus on one task improves your productivity.

Have the time of your life.

Michael

Apr 142011
 

Time Management Tip:

This is the second last installment based on the six questions to give you more time. The 6th question in the Goals to Action newsletter is:

Is what I am doing right now moving me measurably closer to my goals?

Dan Kennedy uses this question to ensure he stays productive every day. Clearly you need to know what your goals are to be able to answer this question (if you don’t know your goals you will be really busy going round in circles getting nowhere).

You will be much more effective by taking the time to ask this question and think about the answer before you take further action.Imagine you take a trip to Australia and you want to go to the barrier reef. You hire a car and head east. You want to get there quickly so you start driving and keep going trying to find signs along the way.

You are being proactive and taking action but you are heading in the wrong direction as the barrier reef is north! Just a few minutes looking at a map would have saved you hours.

If you are not on the right track then no amount of energy enthusiasm or persistence will get you to your goal.

Have the time of your life and look out for the final installment in this series :-)

Michael

 

Mar 232011
 

In the previous post I told you about the Goals to Action article that identified 6 questions to give you more time.

Question number 2 is:

What ultimately am I trying to accomplish?

This fantastic question seems common sense, but I see so many people being busy, frantically doing stuff that they assume will get them success. We all know what assuming does (makes an ass of u and me).

Only when you are totally clear on your outcome can you know if you are using your time well. This relates to the big picture of your life just as well as the presentation you are about to prepare.

Ask yourself what I am ultimately trying to accomplish and check and see if what you are doing will move you closer to that outcome. If it doesn’t, don’t waste your time on it.

Question 3 will be posted soon.

Remember to have some fun time today too :-)

Mar 072011
 

Are you working hard, busy and struggling to have any time to yourself? For what? Do you know what you really want?

David Allen, creator of Getting Things Done (GTD) says in his newsletter that there are two ingredients he sees in every successful person’s life:

  • Know exactly what you want and why you want
  • Know how you can go about this effectively

David sees many people who use GTD only focusing on the system. When you focus so much on the system without being clear on what you want it’s like following your GPS without knowing where it is taking you.

Time management systems and tools are very important and they really do help reduce stress and give you more balance in your life. But when you have a clear purpose in your life the impact of your time management system is 100 times stronger.

Make time to step back and get clear on what you want and why you want it. Then apply your time management system — you will be amazed at the difference.

Jan 132011
 

Is there a difference between goals and New Year’s resolutions? Most people I talk to initially say they are the same. As we talk they come to realize that resolutions are often made with little thought about what you will need to do.

So a resolution can often be more like a wish rather than a commitment to a goal.

You can significantly increase your chances of achieving in the shortest time possible your New Year’s resolution by turning it into a goal.

First write it down – the very specific outcome you want.

Second write a 4 point plan on how to achieve that outcome.

Let me know how you go :-)