Join Dave Crenshaw for an in-depth discussion in this video Processing question 1: What is the next step?, part of Time Management Fundamentals.
- Let's take a close look at the first question…of the processing system, which is:…what is the next step?…When processing, it's critical you figure out…just the next action step.…Just the next thing you must do to move this item,…this piece of paper, this email, whatever it is…you have in front of you, forward toward completion.…Take the time to think about this and make…a clear decision.…It usually takes only five to ten seconds of mental effort…to make a clear decision about what…the next step is.…
However, many people jump over determining…the next step, which is a big part of the reason…why items get perpetually stuck in the inbox.…Many people have conditioned their minds…to have such short attention spans,…that if they pick up an item and are…uncertain in any way about the next step,…they put it back in the box and skip over it…to something easier.…Please don't do that.…Hang in there, and maintain focus on…answering this question:…what is the next step?…Don't worry about answering this question perfectly.…
Just give it your best guess.…
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
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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