Why an untidy desk is bad for you. Stress and also distractions. Some people think an untidy desk is OK, it's not doing them any harm. Have just have the one task on on your desk. File everything else. Consider rationing / timing your use of Facebook/Pinterest etc. The Pomodoro technique - working in bursts.
- Your desk is prime real estate,…Probably the most important three-feet…by six-feet in the world.…It's where you think and where you get things done…and it needs to be the optimum working environment.…David Allen, the legendary time-management expert…says that the first thing he does when he's coaching someone…is get every single paper off someone's desk in a big pile.…And then make a big list of everything that was in that pile…and then he'll file the papers…so all you've got left is the list.…
This is great because it's much easier…to look at the list and decide what action to take first.…Whereas the pile of paper on your desk…is just overwhelming and depressing.…And who knows if there's a bit of paper underneath…some others that is becoming urgent…and is gradually turning into a crisis?…So a tidy desk is vital.…And there should be no piles of stuff…that have been there for more than say two weeks.…After two weeks you're never going to do them.…You can no longer remember what they are…and parts of them could easily be becoming urgent.…
The most efficient people use technology and established systems of organization to manage their tasks and maximize their time. This course shows how to put these time management techniques to work for you.
- Managing your inbox
- Managing repetitive tasks
- Using lists and calendars
- Maximizing spare time
- Organizing information digitally and on paper
- Getting the most out of technology and software
- Writing effective email
- Reducing filing