SMART TIME MANAGEMENT

10 Characteristics of Highly Productive People
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KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • LEARN HOW PREPARATION IS CRITICAL FOR PRODUCTIVITY
  • UNDERSTAND AND APPLY TIME MASTERY FOR GREATER RESULTS
  • MANAGE ENERGY LEVELS AND INCREASE CONCENTRATION
  • LEVERAGE YOUR TIME THROUGH POWERFUL TECHNOLOGY
  • CREATE MORE BALANCE IN EVERY AREA OF YOUR LIFE
  • AND MUCH MORE…

ABOUT THE SEMINAR

In this practical, fast-paced program, time management expert Laura Stack shares insights gathered from some of the most successful people in world. You’ll discover behaviors that are easy to implement and can make a huge difference in your personal and professional life. You’ll learn how to stay focused and concentrate, communicate with your team and boss to improve personal productivity, build consistent personal routines, plug productivity leaks in your day, eliminate annoying time wasters, and improve your personal efficiency. Anyone integrating these principles into their daily routine will enjoy significantly higher levels of productivity, lower levels of stress, and greater balance in every area of their life.

Widely regarded as one of the leading experts in the field of productivity, Laura Stack has been featured nationally on CNN, the New York Times, USA Today, Readers Digest, and O magazine. She is the author of 4 bestselling books, as well as an award winning speaker. Her client list includes government agencies and international associations, as well as major organizations including Starbucks, Nationwide, and Cisco Systems. She is also is a spokesperson for Microsoft, 3M, and Office Depot, and is the designer of The Productivity Pro planner by Day-Timer. Laura Stack holds an MBA and has been awarded the CSP, which is the highest designation earned by professional speakers.

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SMART TIME MANAGEMENT

Concentration. This is your ability to stay on target and focus on the task at hand. Productive people have a tremendous capacity for concentration. I think this is a long lost art, or what is quickly becoming a long lost art. People no longer have the ability to sit still and just do one thing for five minutes. A lot of it has to do with our brains.

So when we sit down and work on something, all of a sudden your brain might say, “Hey, did you remember to fax back that contract from last week?” And you go what, “Ooh, I don’t want to forget to do that.” Right, so what, “Just really quick, I’m just going to go over here and fax this.” Now you go back to what you’re doing and what do you have to say to yourself, “Where was I, what was I doing. Oh yeah, oh yeah, I was working on this document.” Then you start and your brain goes, “Hey, did you remember to call Michael about the seminar next week? Ooh, geez I don’t want to forget to do that. Just real quick, just real quick.” I’m going to call to Michael and you know, [inaudible 01:16.3]. Then you go back to what you’re doing and you have to say, “What was I doing?”

So this is commonly called today, what? Multi-tasking, yeah, or we have other words for it, too. This multi-tasking is flitting about from task to task. Do you ever feel like you have kind of like 37 things that you’re doing all at one time? Meanwhile, what is happening to the task you were originally working on; not getting done because you keep interrupting yourself. Who is the biggest culprit in terms of distraction …

The “R” in productivity is for reduction. When you have a plan, are other people really good at blowing it up for you? So now you want to reduce the things that waste your time. Now for you, this could be excessive meetings. It could be too much socializing. It could be personal phone calls. When you have these types of interruptions in your life, you have to figure out where are the major culprits for me. What are the things that are derailing me. If you have to keep a log and actually jot down what happens to you during the day that is uncontrollable, what are those things that you need to eliminate, so that you can truly focus on that plan and those priorities. There’s a great study that’s done every year …

Nothing has really changed in the world of vitality. You know, it’s exercise more, get better sleep right, eat less. It’s not a really difficult science in the way of nutrition, but vitality is critical to productivity, because how many times have you felt like putting your head down on the desk and taking a nap during the day. Seriously, have you ever had times that