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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.
I've now given you an overview of the six gathering points and an in-depth explanation on what each of them are, and how to make the best use of them. At this point, I would recommend that you do not continue until you have those gathering points clearly identified. Make sure you have clearly decided on, and designated homes for, the following: your physical inbox, your portable inbox, a notepad-- only one--only one email inbox, only one voicemail account, and a wild-card gathering point if necessary.
After you've done that, you're ready to move on to the next step and begin taking action to implement this training for everyday use. Keep in mind that all of these gathering points exist for you to put things in them. Try not to put anything unresolved any place other than these gathering points. The next time you're tempted to write a note on the back of an envelope or stuff something in the drawer to be dealt with later, instead use one of the six gathering points you've chosen.
Get in the habit of whenever you find something unprocessed, use the gathering point. I would also recommend you come back to this section and review the principles, perhaps every three to six months, to make sure that you still have the optimum number of gathering points, and that you're using them properly.
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