Graham Allcott, founder of time management training specialists Think Productive, takes us through some productivity myths.
Time management – it’s a myth
When someone is feeling overwhelmed and has too much to do, they often say things like “I need to get better at time management”, but time management is the wrong definition, and it leads to people chasing a problem that can’t be solved. As effective as the best business leaders are, they cannot manage time either: everyone has the same number of hours in their day. The problem is really how we manage our attention. If I focus on time, I may very efficiently schedule difficult work for Friday afternoon, when I’m so tired I don’t have the attention resources available. Likewise, we all have only 2-3 hours a day of what I call ‘Proactive Attention’ – where our attention, energy and concentration levels mean we’re truly on top of our game. It’s how we manage that resource, which is much more limited than time, which ultimately determines our productivity. A Productivity Ninja manages attention, not time.
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Another post by guest blogger and author of “How to be a Productivity Ninja”, Graham Allcott.
Graham introduces different tools for productivity, many of which he uses in his own business. I have blogged about using Evernote which I use as an academic research tool, but as Graham states, it can do so much more.
Mobile apps are great tools to assist our thinking and organizing. When choosing which ones to use, check out as many YouTube videos, customer reviews, screenshots and product tours as you can, all of which will give you a good feel for the style, value and functionality of each app. Here are my top picks (I have no commercial incentive to endorse any of these, so this list is completely objective). Continue reading Useful Apps for the Productivity Ninja
In the spring of this year, we set up Think Productive Canada. It was a big step: our first foray into international collaboration and one that was nearly a year in the planning. It’s been a fantastic experience so far. But even though at Think Productive we’re used to working with people remotely, it turns out Calgary is very different from Coventry! So here are a few reflections on successful collaborations around the world:
Get the technology right
Make it easy to communicate and define your tools, so that it’s always clear what tech to be using for what purpose – and you avoid wasting lots of time choosing, selecting and setting things up. We use a mixture of email, skype, join.me (for sharing screens) and whatsapp (for sharing more personal updates). We also use a free conference call service called “United Conferencing” which means we can have a UK team conference call, and have our colleagues in Canada dial in on a local rate number.
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