Thursday, March 28, 2013

Time Management Tune-up Series - Part 1

Ok it's almost the end of the 1st quarter. Yep, can you hardly believe it! April 1st is just around the corner?  So how's it going?  Well, I know for me I've got clarity on some things, made some decisions and now feel I'm in a place where I can employ the 1% principle of increasing my productivity.

So for my readers who are feeling the same, I'm presenting a Time Management Tune-up Series.  The series provides simple time management strategies any of which when used consistently can help you get more done and reduce your stress. 

This series is curated from the writer: Eric Barker - the source link is provided below. Remember to use the 1% principle. As a reminder it's just choosing one thing and doing it long enough to see tangible results.  

Additionally, if you're a manager or team lead, this is a great series to present or use in your staff meetings over a period of time.  I bet if you used these for a quarter, an entire team will raise it's productivity.

Time Management Tune-up
A curated series from: Eric Barker

Tune-up Area #1: 
1) Have A Solid Daily Ritual - Use Short Minute Rituals
Here’s a solid one from Peter Bregman that will help you maximize use of your time .

STEP 1 (5 Minutes): Your Morning Minutes. This is your opportunity to plan ahead. Before turning on your computer, sit down with the to-do list you created…and decide what will make this day highly successful…

STEP 2 (1 Minute Every Hour): Refocus. …Set your watch, phone, or computer to ring every hour and start the work that’s listed on your calendar. When you hear the beep, take a deep breath and ask yourself if you spent your last hour productively. Then look at your calendar and deliberately recommit to how you are going to use the next hour. Manage your day hour by hour. Don’t let the hours manage you.

STEP 3 (5 Minutes): Your Evening Minutes. At the end of your day, shut off your computer and review how the day went, asking yourself… questions like: How did the day go? What did I learn about myself? Is there anyone I need to update? Shoot off a couple of emails or calls to make sure you’ve communicated with the people you need to contact.

Coaching Tip: Now we know with the 1% philosophy, using even one of these can make a difference. How can you employ this your team?
Need more help getting the right things done at the right time?
Consider the following:
1. Engage a productivity coach - just a few sessions can make all the difference.
2. Get:  Organizational Strategies for the Overwhelmed - how to manage your time, space, & priorities, to work smart, get results & be happy -  Kindle - The Book - Nook - Audio Book -  The Seminar