In this video, Dave Crenshaw discusses the importance of time reclamation and focus protection. Learn how to build buffers into your day and schedule to make room for interruptions.
- In the past 20, 30, 40 years ago,…time management was about maximizing the use of your time.…We wanted to make sure that every single minute…was packed full with something that was meaningful.…In the 21st century however,…our issue is very different.…We are dealing with time reclamation and focus protection.…This means that if you have a schedule…that is completely full, where every minute is spoken for,…you are going to experience a continual lack of focus.…
Why?…Because in our day, we will be interrupted.…Despite our best efforts,…interruptions are a part of every person's day.…This means that instead of filling our schedule full,…we actually want to build buffer room.…Buffer room allows us to respond…to the interruptions and get everything done…that we intended to accomplish…when we set out in our day.…The first step to building a buffer…is overestimating how long something's going to take.…
Now how much you overestimate really depends on you,…and it depends on your ability to accurately…estimate how long something is going to take.…
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- Use multiple strategies to improve your focus.
- Protect your ability to focus by using technology intelligently.
- Process new tasks economically.
- Avoid distractions in a digital world.
- Make time for others.
- Build a mental firewall to sustain focus.
- Establish clear boundaries and expectations.
- Control how and when you prioritize tasks.