Join Dave Crenshaw for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting a mind-clearing schedule, part of Time Management Fundamentals.
- Once you've completed your first session…of clearing your mind of unresolved to-dos and tasks,…and actions, you're likely to feel some initial relief.…You've been storing all these items in your head…and now you've cleaned them out.…This is just the beginning step.…Think about the initial mind clearing exercise…like a spring cleaning.…You cleared everything out of your head…and gave yourself a blank slate to work with.…Over time, you'll become more practiced…at avoiding filling your mind with clutter…because you have a system to keep things out of your mind.…
However, it's very normal to miss things,…to allow those unresolved items to begin…to accumulate, once again in your head.…So we need to build a system, or schedule,…for you to clear those items out of your head.…I'd recommend that you set up a time every three months,…once per quarter, to clear out the tasks in your head.…At the scheduled time, you're going to go back through…the mental triggers list, just like you did the first time.…
Open up your calendar and create a reccurring appointment…
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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