Join Dave Crenshaw for an in-depth discussion in this video Establishing a wild card gathering point, part of Time Management Fundamentals.
- The sixth, and final, gathering point that you may have…I call the Wild Card.…This Wild Card gathering point…just represents whatever optional gathering point…you might need to fit your unique situation.…For instance, if you need a separate personal email inbox…from a work email inbox…the Wild Card allows you a sixth gathering point.…One potential gathering point is text messaging.…If you're someone who sends and receives…a lot of text messages in your day…or if your work environment requires you to use text…then I would recommend that you treat text messaging…as a gathering point.…
Have a set time and a set place…to go through those text messages…along with the other processing that you do.…Another Wild Card option is a to-do list.…The to-do list is a gathering point…few are using productively.…Rather than checking things off of the to-do list…as you complete them,…instead, check them off as you process them.…Most people are trying to operate…directly from the to-do list…when, instead, you should process items…
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
Skill Level Appropriate for all
Q: This course was updated on 07/09/2018. What changed?
A: New videos were added that cover understanding the focus-chaos scale, as well as the Microsoft Office option. In addition, the following topic was updated: maintaining your productivity gains.
1. Laying the Productivity Groundwork
2. Obstacle to Productivity
3. Productivity Principle 1: Space
4. Productivity Principle 2: Mind
5. Productivity Principle 3: Time
6. Equipping Yourself for Action
Preparing for action4m 30s
7. Gathering to the Inbox
Preparing to gather2m 46s
8. Understanding Processing
9. Processing Email
10. Your Time Budgeter
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