May 162013
 

Time Management Tip: GTD, David Allen’s Getting Things Done Time Management system.

GTD, based on David Allen’s book, Getting Things Done, is one of the most popular Time Management Systems.

GTD have scheduled a Keys to Getting Things Done webinar with Australia and New Zealand in mind.

It’s a live webinar that will give you a fast and fun overview of the keys to Getting Things Done, led by one of our senior coaches. You’ll learn about the best practices for managing the five phases of your workflow: Collect, Process, Organize, Review, and Do. Experience a “mind sweep” and walk through the decision-making model for moving your input from undefined “stuff” to clear outcomes and actions. Get tips for setting up or fine-tuning a seamless GTD system.

If you’re getting started with GTD, this overview will give you a better understanding of how to manage your workflow with GTD. If you’re more experienced with GTD, it’s a chance to see if you have any gaps in your system and find ways to sharpen your GTD mastery.

This Keys to Getting Things Done webinar is scheduled for the morning of Friday, 7 June.
Click here to register.

You can find a complete schedule of our upcoming GTD webinars here.

And please let us know what GTD topics you would like covered in future webinars.

Have the time of your life  :-)

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

 

Apr 022012
 

Time Management Blog.

“I never imagined this could happen, but it did. The time management structure increased my spontaneity.”

Peter made this insightful comment in one of my programs and I share his experience every time I hear someone say “I am not good with structure. I am a spontaneous person.”

Time management systems are often a major challenge for spontaneous people.

Peter’s experience (a many others I have worked with) shows that spontaneous people can effectively use a time management structure and retain their spontaneity.

Read more http://www.time-management-central.net/time-management-techniques.html

Have the time of your life,

Michael

 

 

Feb 192012
 

A weekly review is a crucial part of an effective time management system. — but many people struggle to do this on a consistent basis.

When is the best time to do your weekly review?

In the GTD linked in group is was suggested that Friday lunch time is the ideal time and I totally agree.

Leaving it until late Friday seems to increase the chances some crisis comes up and the review is pushed aside. The same applies for Monday mornings and before you know it, it’s Monday afternoon and you haven’t done your review or your plan for this week.

Friday lunch is the ideal time for your weekly review and planning for the following week.

Do you agree?

Have the time of your life.

Michael

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 242011
 

Did you know that a “busy” mind wastes a lot of your time?

The more you on your mind the less you get done.

Imagine your mind a computer. Your memory is like the RAM in the computer (also called operating memory). The computer hard drive is like your time management system.

When you have too many programs running on your computer, you use all the RAM and the computer slows down. The same applies for your brain. When you load up your mind your brain and your thinking slow down or become less effective.

Save it to the hard drive.

A time management system enables you to save things to your hard drive. You free up your working memory. You think more effectively. You get more done AND what you do has much more impact.

Trying to operate with your RAM overloaded – that is a busy mind – is not sustainable. Eventually there will be physical, emotional and mental error messages. A time management system frees your mind, increases your effectiveness and creates a sustainable lifestyle.

The BENEFIT of clearing your mind is a life of effective thinking, success, good health and well being.