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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.
This course qualifies for 2.75 Category A professional development units (PDUs) through lynda.com, PMI Registered Education Provider #4101.
If you really want to know what I was like before I started training on this and learning about this, you can ask my wife, because it was just it was so chaotic to be with me. And there's still some of the chaos because that's inherently who I am. But it was on a completely different level. You literally had to use a shovel to get from the front door to my desk. I was jumping around from career to career to career. I was a salesperson. I was a religious youth educator. I had a a band. I had a music booking business.
I mean the list kept going on and on. So it was almost a career and a personal internal chaos that was going on. It was the point at which I actually met with a psychologist and I said something is wrong with me. And he gave me two tests and then he said the words I'll always remember. He said, "You're off the charts ADHD. If there's a fifth standard deviation you'd be in it." So when I speak to people about time management I'm coming from the standpoint of somebody who, this is not the natural thing for me.
This something that I've had to learn to overcome, and I think that's part of the reason why it sticks so much for people versus other options that they might have that are easily built by people who are inherently organized. And it's natural for them, trying to get the rest of us slobs to get organized. And so what I did was look at the way in which my day was structured and my perspective on systems is that they have to be simple. So for me I needed it to have as few steps as I possibly could have.
And then by having just a few steps it made it easy to followthrough. Another part of it is that I made myself accountable to my own program. So I have a business coach. He holds me accountable for my own program. I've seen lots of people in my industry who teach one thing and practice something else and I want to make sure that I had integrity in what I said I was living. So for me, it's also been a really big reconditioning process, to change the way that I operate.
The principles are universal and they apply regardless of what business you're in, and I've even had people who maybe they stay at home and they're a parents and they're at home, say that the principles have helped them with that too. Honestly for me personally being a father, the ones that are most rewarding are when someone comes to me and says "You saved my marriage" or "I'm actually paying attention to my children more than I used to." So part of my personal mission is not just to help people make more money or be more productive in business but it's also to help bless their life, so that they can be really efficient during the time that they work, but not have to work excessive hours.
They can be there for their loved ones and have a full life.
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