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Effective time management is an indispensable skill. In Time Management Fundamentals, Dave Crenshaw explains how to sensibly allocate time in order to achieve greater productivity. Dave details a set of principles for staying organized, consolidating the workspace, keeping a clear mind, and developing a time budget. Also covered are techniques for managing a full inbox, processing email, and reserving time for the most important activities. Exercise files accompany the course.
Once you've completed your first session of clearing your mind of unresolved to-do's and tasks and actions, you're likely to feel some initial relief. You've been storing all these items in your head, and now you've cleaned them out. Right now, it's important that you understand that just doing this exercise once is not enough. Think about the initial mind- clearing exercise like a spring cleaning. You cleared everything out of your head and you gave yourself a blank slate to work with.
Over time you'll do better at avoiding filling your mind with clutter because you have a system to keep things out of your mind. However, it's very normal to miss things, to allow those unresolved items to begin to accumulate once again in your head. So, we need to build a system or a schedule for you to clear those items out of your head. I would recommend that you set up a time every three months, once per quarter, to clear out the tasks in your head.
At the scheduled time, you're going to go back through the mental triggers list just like you did the first time. Once you've completed watching these videos, open up your calendar and create a recurring appointment with yourself every three months, once a quarter, to clear your mind out of all the unresolved tasks and action items. Now you'll probably find that these future recurring mind-clearing activities will go much faster than the initial one, because you're really just looking for all the little tasks that are hidden in the corner, rather than dumping an entire backload of ideas.
Go ahead and open your calendar right now, schedule a recurring appointment for one hour, every three months, to make sure that your mind stays free and clear of unresolved tasks and action items.
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