Tag: Productivity

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Hello Control Your Day Crew!
First off I am sorry it has been so long since I updated my blog, I have been busy with a few big projects. A number of you have asked if I am going to publish a new version of Control Your Day, I do have some great new ideas to share, I just have to get through a couple other projects and then I can work on CYD Version 2.0. Please drop me a line with any ideas or suggestions you have, if I include them in the next version I will be sure to give you credit and send you a free copy of the book.

I came across a great productivity questionnaire that you should definitely complete. Once done, the site will provide an analysis of your time management skills. You answer a series of questions, it only takes a few minutes, and they give you a page of feedback with your results and suggestions on how to improve.

https://www.activia.co.uk/time-management-test

I thought they nailed it with the following line about me.

Your answers indicate a highly significant pattern of good time management, with a little easily distracted, behavior.

Give it a shot.

Jim McCullen
www.controlyourday.net

5 Things you Should Not do in 2016 to be more productive

stop doing what doesn't work

The new year is a great time for a fresh start. Give thought to the systems and processes you apply to get things done at work and home. Here are 5 things you should stop doing to make 2016 a more successful and productive year.

  1. Reduce the noise from incoming email
    Turn off the automatic send and receive feature on your email and the pop-up alerts that tell you when new email has arrived.
    Turn off email alerts on your phone, do you really need to be alerted every time some one decides to interact with you?
  2. Stop checking your email every 5 minutes
    This one is hard, I struggle with it at times, check your email at pre-determined times each day and then focus your attention on the work you have already committed to instead of constantly looking for something new and quick to work on.
  3. Don’t let others take over your day
    Do you really need to answer every phone call, instantly react to each email or engage in long conversations with no real outcome. Before you start that dialog (electronic or face to face), give thought to what you could have accomplished in that time. I agree at times you need to engage and help others,  but at the same time, you need to prioritize your time to deliver on your own commitments.
  4. Stop sitting at your desk for extended periods of the day
    Taking breaks throughout the day will increase your productivity, get up, walk around take a few minutes to clear your brain and do a bit of a reset. One tip, don’t grab your phone and spend that time checking Facebook.
  5. Eliminate distractions by cleaning up the clutter
    This is a definitely problem for me, my desk at home is cluttered with things I need to do. When I am working on a difficult project or task it is too easy to just look around and find something simpler, faster and more fun to do. Block out some time to organize the clutter into projects or next actions, document those in your system of choice (email, todo list, etc..) and then get them off your desk.

If you are a Microsoft Outlook user, stop by ControlYourDay.net to check out a better way to manage email and tasks in Outlook using the best practices of Getting Things Done (David Allen).

Happy New Year !
Jim McCullen

 

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