Join Dave Crenshaw for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding the focus-chaos scale, part of Time Management Fundamentals.
- Do you naturally favor focus or chaos? Through years of working with people in a variety of backgrounds, I've found that people have natural tendencies when it comes to productivity. It's best understood with a graph. On the far left we have focus and on the far right we have chaos. Those who fall on the far left are the focus masters. These are people who naturally understand organization and productivity. The best of them have never had any issues with time management or organization.
Their biggest challenge? Being frustrated by the inefficiency of the people all around them. They may tell others, "Just do it my way." But this rarely works as focus masters are rare. If you find yourself in the focus master category, follow this course to learn a simple framework you can use to help others become more productive. Those who fall on the far right of the scale are the chaos masters. Chaos masters have always struggled with organization and productivity.
They've learned to be successful despite their natural tendency to be a little, well more than a little disorganized in everything that they do. These are the people who often have piles all around the office yet claim they know where everything is. The chaos master's biggest challenge? Learning how to boost productivity in a way that doesn't hinder their creativity or desire to build relationships. If you find yourself in this category, go through this course with a different mindset.
Focus on freeing up time and space to do your greatest work. Those in the middle are the nomads. I've found most people fit into this category. They consider themselves inherently focused, but find it more difficult. Circumstances at work and in life have pulled them out of that focused existence. If you're a nomad, go through this course seeking to discover how you lost focus.
Also, work on establishing new habits to protect your focus as you move forward. By understanding where you fall on the focus-chaos scale, you'll understand how this course can best help you. I also shared this scale with you for one additional reason. Many of those who have successfully completed this program have found it helpful to learn where I, your instructor, fit on this scale. The truth? I am inherently a chaos master.
You would think by the way I operate now that I am a focused master 99% of the time. Yet in my past, you had to use a shovel to get from the front door to my desk. I also jumped from career to career, living in constant chaos. Once I worked with a psychologist who determined I was, "Off the charts ADHD." This awareness led me to build the unified system that we're going to cover right now.
The methods I'll share helped me compensate for an incredibly chaotic way of operating. This might give you some hope. Most other time management systems were built by focus masters so they're typically hard for the rest of us mere mortals to grasp. The principles we'll cover here are simplified and universal. Wherever you fit on the scale between focus and chaos, there's something here for you.
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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- Discover the principles of time management.
- Avoid the pitfalls of multitasking.
- Identify why switch tasking is an ineffective way to work.
- Define the limits of your physical inbox.
- Determine the best ways to consolidate multiple accounts.
- Differentiate between personal and professional gathering points.
- Plan ways to manage unresolved tasks.
- Effectively schedule your time.
- Organize digital and physical information efficiently.
- Select the appropriate steps in order to get tasks completed efficiently.
- Manage scheduling conflicts professionally and courteously.
- Budget your time in a way that aligns with your personal and professional priorities.
Skill Level Intermediate
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.