Join Dave Crenshaw for an in-depth discussion in this video Taking an inventory of your gathering points, part of Time Management Fundamentals.
- Let's begin by helping you live the principle of space.…We'll start by finding out…how many gathering points you have.…Remember, a gathering point is any place…where you gather unprocessed items,…things like email, tasks, todos,…ideas, busy work, assignments, projects, and so on.…Unprocessed means you haven't clearly decided yet…either what to do with it, when to do it,…or where its home is.…If any one of those three things are missing,…what, when, or where,…then that place where the item is located…is a gathering point.…
We've provided you with a very simple worksheet…you can use to determine how many gathering points you have.…On this worksheet, for each type of gathering point…that you have, add one.…So, for instance,…in the example at the top of the worksheet,…you'll see voicemail.…If you have three voicemail accounts,…such as personal voicemail,…cellphone voicemail, and work voicemail,…then the number you would put there would be three.…For desk areas, if you had two piles of paper…on your desk, then you would write two, and so on.…
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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