How To Have A Very Productive Day

One of the main benefits that you can get from time management training is transforming your days from "busy but unproductive" to "highly productive." Have you ever had a great day at work? You know, a day when everything was clicking, you felt great, and got a lot of stuff done? Most people have had this experience at some point or another, even if it was for just a few hours instead of an entire day. I'll bet that during a day like this, you felt fully focused and fully engaged by … [Read more...]

Six Simple Tips For Automating Repetitive Tasks

Do you ever find yourself doing the same small tasks repeatedly in your work or business? Do you sometimes say to yourself, "There has to be a better way"? Well, in many cases, there is. Automating routine tasks or finding other shortcuts can save you more time than you realize. Doing the same task a couple of dozen times a day can take up a substantial amount of time. Finding a faster way to do that task buys you time that you can spend doing more productive work, which is why finding ways … [Read more...]

How To Distinguish Between Important and Urgent Tasks

Here's a common question that comes up during time management training, "What's the difference between important and urgent tasks?" Maybe you've seen tasks divided into four categories based on their importance and urgency before, and you may be wondering what it's all about... Category I    Tasks that are both important and urgent Category II   Tasks that are important but not urgent Category III  Tasks that are urgent but not important Category IV   Tasks that are neither urgent … [Read more...]

3 Tips for Overcoming Overwhelm

This article completes the 3 part series about overcoming overwhelm. You can read part 1 here and part 2 here. A major cause of overwhelm is trying to pay attention to and focus on too many things at the same time, which usually happens when you get stuck in what I call an "activity" mindset. When you work from an activity mindset, you naturally focus on all the "stuff" that you need to get done. This can make you feel very busy and that you have far too much to do and not enough time … [Read more...]

Overcoming Overwhelm

In a previous article, I told you about one major cause of overwhelm, trying to keep track of things using your head. At some point, many people intuitively realize this is a problem and start writing everything down in a to-do list. While this often feels good at first, it often triggers the 2nd major cause of overwhelm: getting lost in too much detail. That's one of the BIG problems with traditional to-do lists. As your list grows and gets bigger and bigger (as most to-do lists tend to … [Read more...]

Feeling Overwhelmed? Here’s What To Do…

One of the most common time management challenges these days is feeling overwhelmed, or the feeling that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it all. Let's face it. Feeling overwhelmed sucks! It slows you down, creates extra stress, muddles your thinking, drains your energy and is extremely unpleasant. When I started my first corporate job right out of college, I was keeping track of all my projects and to-do's in my head. I didn't use a planner or to-do list and at first, … [Read more...]