You turn on your phone, and a familiar message flashes across the screen. It’s a request to update to the new and improved version of some app or software. You ignore it.
The next day, the same message comes up during an important meeting. And once again, you hit “not now.”
Then, a few days later, it happens again. Annoyed, you ignore the message, telling yourself that you’ll deal with it later.
A couple of weeks later, you find out that some of your friends and colleagues have certain helpful features on their phones that you don’t have, making you feel outdated. The only difference? They took action—they clicked “update.”
I was once discussing with two business partners how to upgrade their company’s technology. When I suggested we first examine their current order processing system, one partner launched excitedly into a detailed explanation of how it all works: Orders are taken by phone, then someone handwrites an order form, then it goes to billing, and so on and so forth. He explained the ins and outs of their complicated system for tracking orders, packing and shipping items at their warehouse. Read more
Tell me if this sounds familiar.
You planned a Monday meeting, but the time arrives and you’re busy or tired, and you decide to reschedule for Tuesday. On Tuesday, something important comes up, so you reschedule for the next day. Before you know it, Friday rolls around and you still have not had that meeting, so you postpone it until the following Monday.
The cycle continues, until you actively decide that enough is enough, and you’re going to make that meeting a priority.
We all know that feeling.
The one when you finish your workweek, only to realize that you didn’t even get to the most important tasks on your list.
People always ask me, “With so much going on how do you manage your time?” The truth is there is no magic solution, but there are learnable principles that anyone can use to be more productive.
Do you ever wish you could be a more focused leader, a calmer thinker, a more productive worker? Do you ever get to the end of the day and wonder what you actually accomplished?
This week’s guest on the podcast is productivity and time management expert, Dave Crenshaw. As an author, speaker, and online instructor, Dave has transformed the lives and careers of hundreds of thousands around the world, developing leaders in Fortune 500 companies, universities, and organizations of every size.
There’s a knock at your office door.
Your employee peeks their head in innocently.“Do you have a quick second?” “Can I just have 2 minutes of your time?”
OK. It’s just two minutes, you think.
How many of you fall for this on a daily basis?
Though the person doesn’t usually intend it as such, it’s a trap—and we know it. A second is never a just second. A minute is never just a minute. Even if it were, all those second and minute interruptions really add up … to more than you might think.
Have you ever met someone who always seems busy—but if you asked what they’ve accomplished in the last day, or the last week, they couldn’t give you a straight answer?
Maybe, if you’re being totally honest, this happens to you, too?
Let’s face it. Being truly productive in today’s business world is more difficult than ever. Yes, technology has made us much more efficient in many ways, but it also comes with great challenges: The constant bombardment of dings and notifications and emails and phone calls and texts can throw even the most type-A, goal-oriented businessperson out of focus.
A little girl was watching her mother prepare a fish for dinner. Her mother cut the head and tail off the fish and then placed it into a baking pan.
The little girl asked her mother why she cut the head and tail off the fish.
Her mother thought for a while and then said, “I’ve always done it that way. That’s how grandma always did it.”
Not satisfied with the answer, the little girl went to visit her grandma to find out why she cut the head and tail off the fish before baking it. Grandma thought for a while and replied, “I don’t know. My mother always did it that way.”