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10 Secrets to Overcoming Procrastination

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Infographic- 10 Secrets to Overcoming ProcrastinationIf “Be More Effective” is on your list of things to do this year, don’t miss our newest infographic, 10 Secrets for Overcoming Procrastination (opens a PDF). Procrastination is one of the most common ways people block their own productivity. We hope you will find the information useful…and share it with others!

The information featured in this overcoming procrastination infographic is pulled from the popular video, Time ChallengedTime Challenged reminds us that just “wishing for more time” isn’t an effective strategy. The character in the video learns how to identify and avoid behavior that is causing him to waste time, while also discovering ways to prioritize and accomplish tasks.

Time Management 101

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Time Management. An interesting concept, and a topic that I’m asked to present fairly often in a workshop format. It occurs to meTime Management Training that what employers are really interested in is productivity. To actually manage time is an oxymoron, as time really can’t be managed in the way we would like to think it could. We’re just not that omnipotent. Helping people manage themselves so that they become more efficient at completing their work in a timely fashion seems to be a much more doable concept.

Time management has always amused me because I happen to excel at procrastination, and yet have memorized and present time management techniques. However, one needs to implement these wonderful tools and techniques in order to “manage the time”. Time continues to pass all around the world without regard or reference as to what we individually are doing at any given moment. Often people claim to just need “more time to get all this done”. Actually there is more time; it just keeps on ticking away.

I find “time management” to be somewhat like dieting. Not all things work for everyone, and the only way they work is if we are willing to be diligent at managing ourselves and accept the responsibility that it takes real effort to actually implement changes in our lives. If you are not pre-destined to be the multitasker of the century, the tips outlined here should help. Accepting that sometimes you may fail even with the best effort also allows you to not give up, but to try again, and maybe re-examine what other changes need to be made to successfully feel the sense of accomplishment. With that being said…. now here´s where we actually explore the possibility of getting more done in less time. (more…)

Take Stock With A Time Inventory

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Time Management TrainingMost of us complain that there are not enough hours in the day to accomplish everything we need and want to do. Yet, often we spend hours on activities and conversations that don’t come close to being top priority. One simple way to identify time wasters and focus on balance is to take an inventory of how you spend your time.

A time inventory is a tool to help you see how well what you do every day matches up with your big-picture goals and values. How you take your inventory is up to you (iPad, tablet, computer, journal) but “the key is to be honest and consistent,” says Joan Gurvis of the Center for Creative Leadership. It’s like writing down everything you eat before starting a diet so you have a clear picture of your eating habits.”

Here’s a four-step process to evaluate where the hours go and use that information to gain greater balance:

Track. Keep a log a week or two and jot down what you do for any period of an hour or more. Some themes or categories will emerge: career, family, community, health, self, spiritual pursuits and so on.

Understand. Write down why you did what you did. Do your actions reflect or contradict your values and goals?

Review. At the end of your time tracking, look at your notes and consider how you feel? Do you feel “in balance”? What does your assessment tell you? (more…)

How to Get Things Done – In Spite Of Yourself

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Everyone procrastinates at one time or another. In fact, of all time management problems, this is the one that is Personal Development Training Videosmost obvious, and it is the one we most readily admit to.

Procrastination comes in many forms. It is doing the urgent rather than the important. It is watching television when you should be exercising. It is lingering over lunch, while things are stacked up back at the office. It is avoiding people rather than facing them when there is a problem. Whatever form it may take, procrastination is something we should strive to overcome.

There are several reasons why we procrastinate: the task is unpleasant, the task appears to be overwhelming, the task requires a decision, or the task is perceived as being of low priority.

To overcome procrastination, we must overcome an inertia that has set in, a tendency to resist taking action. From physics we learn that a body remains at rest until a force is exerted against it. Physics also teaches us that it takes less effort to maintain motion once the initial inertia has been broken. Here are some techniques to help procrastinators get moving and to stay on track. (more…)

Overcoming Procrastination Checklist

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Feel free to use this tip sheet / checklist as you tackle tasks and projects.

ACT AFTER YOU PLAN

• start with a written plan of action to avoid getting distracted
• keep your plan simple and straightforward
• start with the one thing you must get done today to feel productive
• should be a manageable item you can complete in 10-15 minutes
• break the day up into a number of “action sessions” for other tasks
• balance the time spent planning with time spent creating or doing
• avoid over-planning — another method of procrastination
• before ending your day, spend 10 minutes reviewing your progress
• take time to plan your actions for the next day (more…)

The “No Vacation” Holiday Is a Great Time Management Tool

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

If you do not have vacation time blocked off on the company schedule now for the end of the year, do not despair.  It seems everyone wants to have the holidays off, yet when we submit our annual vacation request, we may be turned down.  If you are glum over the prospect of limited holiday time off, console yourself with what you will actually be facing:

Reduced traffic
Quiet atmosphere
Limited interruptions
Greater concentration
Shortened hours
Lower stress
Sympathy from others (more…)

Employees Struggle to Successfully Maneuver Around Workplace Distractions

Monday, October 25th, 2010

New Survey Reveals Layers of Workplace Distractions that Impact Employees and Businesses

Every minute of every work day employees are bombarded with distractions they must work with or around to get things done. Whether it’s the meeting that runs 30 minutes over, the Blackberry that won’t stop buzzing, office gossip about the newest employees or even family matters, there are a myriad of conflicting matters vying for employees’ attention. (more…)

Training Pays! 5 things to tell your CFO about the value of off-the-shelf training

Monday, February 23rd, 2009


How can your organization – and you as a trainer – benefit from the use of off-the-shelf, video-based training materials? It’s an important question.


H
ere’s what your colleagues* told us about the value they get from using video-based training programs:
 

What your colleagues said…

…How we do it

1.  Saves me development and presentation time.”

With off-the-shelf video-based training, you can shorten your design cycle and deliver “just-in-time” training where and when you need it.

Most CRM programs have facilitation materials with activities and discussion points that can be used, in whole or part, to create training events that run anywhere from 1 – 4 hours. You get the basic content you need without having to create it yourself.

With a little extra effort, you can tailor our scripted activities to your organization’s unique environment. You’ll reduce your “time-to-classroom” development cycle while providing effective and impactful training materials.

2.  Adds variety to our delivery mix.”

Workshops can get a bit lengthy when they include only presentation and discussion. Video provides a change of pace that supports the topic, at the same time adding a bit of entertainment, humor or reality to the workshop experience.

Using video at an appropriate point in a workshop allows you to stimulate discussion, demonstrate things you can’t easily explain, and provide examples of what is being discussed. We learn best when more of our senses are engaged in the content.

3.  “Provides a cost-effective way to enhance and supplement our existing courses.”

Videos can often be used to support more than one of your training initiatives. For example, you can usea program like The Abilene Paradox to augment workshops on decision making, leadership, teamwork or communication.

Videos can provide “safe, clean and clear” examples of difficult topics. And, they allow you to bring in a team of content experts at a fraction of the cost of hiring them or sending your whole team to offsite training.

4.  “Videos give us highly memorable examples that build learning retention.”

It’s a fact of life in our line of work: people remember what they hear and see more than what they are just told. It’s often easier to make a point or explain a complex topic – especially one involving interpersonal relationships – when you can show an example onscreen.

When people can relate to the situations they see in a video, the chances of their behavior changing will increase.

5.  “Videos allow us to build a resource library where managers and employees can check out and use programs on their schedule.”

Building a video/DVD library allows your organization to offer a broader range of training than you can by relying only on custom, in-house development or scheduled classroom events.

Users can check out a DVD and get basic information on a topic. Managers can check them out and use them to kick off staff meetings or get discussion started at a lunch-and-learn.

Now, organizations are moving their video libraries online, and CRM Learning has a variety of ways for you to do that. Access to materials in the office or on the road will increase – it’s a great way to keep your organization learning.

The bottom line? Video-based off-the-shelf training materials save you and your organization both time and money, they make you (and the organization) look good, and because they help build learning retention, they can improve the ROI on your training investment.

* Source: CRM Learning Customer Survey, June 2008

Jeff Glenn-Levin is the President of SkillBuilders, Inc.  www.getnewskills.com
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 


 

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