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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.

The Power of Boundaries

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

“It felt like I had no choice.” These words were spoken by a successful corporate executive who managed million-dollar high-tech projects, and pioneered new ways of communicating within her organization and for her clients.

She was describing what can happen when we don’t have good boundaries.

CRM    --     452 compressed“I resented feeling like I had to say ‘yes’ to every request, no matter what,” she continued, “I watched colleagues heading out to lunch, going home at a reasonable hour, while feeling like I had to make the client happy at any cost.”

You might think this was an expectation within her corporate culture. It wasn’t. As she came to realize, it was a question of her own boundaries — or lack thereof. (more…)

Think Beyond The Event: Quickly Develop Self-Sufficiency

Friday, March 21st, 2014

A  DesignArounds poll asked learning professionals to identify their most pressing current challenge. No surprises here. 100% Business trainingreported ‘time‘. Given today’s business climate and economic pressures, it’s no wonder that the training function – like every other function – is being challenged to do more with less. Fewer people. Scaled-back budgets. And a reduced investment of learning time.

Tablets with expanded capacity that can fit into your pocket and phones holding thousands of songs have established the expectation that good things (and a lot of them) come in small packages. Is it any wonder that organizations expect training to follow suit?

So, what can learning and development professionals do to respond?

Become a ruthless editor: Cut Through the Clutter
Today’s learning professionals must develop the ability to ruthlessly eliminate the non-essential, lay out the ‘critical path’ to new knowledge and skills and delete all else. Eliminating the ‘nice to knows’ allows the available time to be focused on ‘need to know’ information. (more…)

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…)

Basics of Time and Stress Management

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Stress Management TrainingThe role of leader can be very stressful! Management studies have suggested that these roles include a very wide mix of activities, most of which cannot always be controlled or even predicted. New managers and supervisors – especially supervisors – are almost overwhelmed with the demands of the job. They were probably promoted to be in charge of people, mostly because of their success in a previous role that was focused on developing a particular product or service. Suddenly, they’re faced with being in charge of people, which is much less predictable and has much less control than the supervisor had before. Consequently, the ability to manage time and stress is absolutely critical to the success of the roles of manager and leader.

The two topics of time management and stress management are often addressed together because they are so closely interrelated. (more…)

A Simple Key to Dramatically Increase Your Effectiveness: Learn to Love What You Need to Do

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

For each of us, there are tasks we’d rather not have to do. I’m confident you know which these are. What are those things you need to do that you just dread? Or that always drift to the bottom of your to do list? Which ones do you never find time for? Maybe it’s completing a project and tying up all the loose ends. Maybe it’s making sales calls. Or organizing your desk so you can find what you need when you need it.

We all have them, these least favorite tasks that we consciously or unconsciously avoid, and thus sabotage our effectiveness. Wouldn’t it be great if these weren’t a problem any longer? If it were easy, maybe even fun, to do them? Imagine the sense of relief and accomplishment if it became routine and almost effortless to do the things you currently dread or avoid. (more…)

“Stop Doing” List Examples

Friday, December 23rd, 2011
by Harry K. Jones

Last month, I shared a very powerful time management tool which has proven to be very successful for those who have attended our time management seminars.

In that article, Start a “Stop-Doing” List, I explained that a “Stop-Doing” list is nothing more than a simple inventory of bad habits or negative actions currently practiced by an individual, team or organization that would provide better results if they were discontinued. (more…)


 

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