Join Dave Crenshaw for an in-depth discussion in this video Dave Crenshaw on getting himself organized, part of Time Management Fundamentals.
- So, before I got organized myself I was one of the most chaotic people you ever would meet. My wife can verify that. I was jumping all over the place, from career to career; my workspace was disorganized. You used to have to use a shovel to get from the front door of my office to my desk. It was extremely chaotic. And the turning point for me is when I heard two words, and the two words were "I'm pregnant".
And as a young married man, those really opened my eyes. I realized suddenly I couldn't just float around enjoying my day quite to the degree. I had to really think about the fact that here comes a new life into our family and I needed to provide for him. And it was at that point that I went and saw a psychologist. He gave me a couple of tests, and at the end of the test he looked at and he said, "Has anyone ever talked to you about ADHD?" And I said, "Well, no, that's not really me." And he said, "You are off the charts ADHD.
"If there were a fit standard deviation "you'd be in it. "I can say with 99.99% accuracy you've got it." And that really opened my eyes. I now had something to work on, a name and a face to a challenge, and I applied my background, which is actually an entrepreneurship in business systems. And I applied that mindset of systems to my very personal challenge of a lack of focus. So I think the people who will benefit most from this course are people who are struggling with productivity or organization to some degree right now.
What I call the "nomads", the people who are inherently organized but got off track, or the "chaos masters", the people who are inherently chaotic. It's not to say that "focus masters", people who are inherently organized and productive, can't benefit from it. But I encourage people who are in that place - and boy, what a great blessing they have to be that organized - that they look at this course from the standpoint of how they can teach others to be that organized and that productive.
I've found there's real power in having accountability. If I did not have a coach - and I have a business coach who follows up with me - I'd fall back into the old patterns. So, I report to him on a regular basis. The same numbers that I ask my clients to report to me I report to him, and he checks in on me every once in a while. I've seen lots of people who teach one thing and end up living something else, and I wanted to make sure that I was somebody who practiced what I preach.
So, while this certainly has a very direct impact on the workday, it helps people in their everyday life. Every day we have the opportunity to focus or not focus on friends and family. They want to talk to us. But if we're in a state of switch-tasking where we're constantly looking at our phones, or looking at something else and not focusing on them, in a real way we're hurting that relationship. So, this program is also an opportunity to increase the power of the relationships that you have by better focusing on people.
What makes my day is hearing people who come to lynda.com, they go through the course, and then they'll send me a nice message of something like "this has changed my life", "I was out of control", "I wasn't able to focus", "my career was going all over the place", and that this course helped them get on track. That really makes my day. Also when I hear people who talk about how they're better able to focus on relationships. That really is kind of an underlying bonus of going through this course, is the ability to improve the relationships with your family, with your loved ones.
For me, in the end, being able to be there for your family and spend time with them is what this is all about.
Learn how to get more done in the shortest time possible and avoid the obstacles and distractions that can get in the way of good time management. Dave gives practical strategies for increasing productivity in three main areas: developing habits to be more organized and reducing clutter in your workspace; staying mentally on task and eliminate the to-dos you have floating in your head; and developing a time budget to get the most done during your workday and focus on your most valuable activities.
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- Finding your productivity style and motivation
- Understanding the principles of time management
- Avoiding the pitfalls of multitasking
- Narrowing your gathering points
- Consolidating email and voicemail accounts
- Practicing mind-clearing techniques
- Choosing and using calendar software
- Saying no with tact
- Mastering the what, when, where processing system
- Processing email vs. checking email
- Maintaining productivity gains