Tip#2. While many of my tips are not numbered in order of importance, this one is. I believe this to be one of the most important and certainly most neglected time management tips.
Perhaps it is because of the counter-intuitive nature of the tip that people don’t think of it, or often believe it. Okay – tip #2: taking regular breaks makes you more efficient. Whether it is the week-long type of break that we call “vacation” or just that five minutes in the morning when you stretch or walk around the block, breaks are important. Our culture of achievement and rushing and accomplishment encourages us to believe we are more efficient if we use that five minutes to get just one more thing done. Likely the only way you will come to realize how much more efficient you are when you take breaks will be to try it.
So here’s my challenge to you – take at least one five minute break in the morning and one in the afternoon. Take at least 1/2 hour and eat lunch – without doing anything else. See how it is for you. Likely you will be uncomfortable but that’s a good thing. You cannot make meaningful change unless you allow yourself to be uncomfortable.
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April 26, 2017 (Wednesday) 9am – 11am
What Have You Been Doing All Day? Learn to Manage Time for Greater Results
So many busy professionals get to the end of their workday and ask themselves “What did I accomplish today?” They know that they’ve been running, but they don’t feel they have achieved anything. Do you ever have this experience?
Often we feel ineffective and out of balance. This workshop will teach you ways to be intentional in managing your time, your tasks and your energy – in a way that feels better and produces the results you say you want.
We will introduce you to a “paradigm shift” – a different and more effective way of viewing time and time management — and offer you specific changes that can be implemented right away to improve the way you use your time, ease stress and increase productivity.
Join us and learn:
• Urgent vs. Non-Urgent Tasks
• Tools to Use for immediate changes
Take $5.00/person if 2 or more from same company
Sign up now! Don’t let time get in your way. https://www.eventbrite.com/o/mclaren-coaching-3074191754
I attended the workshop on time management and it changed the way that I work. I learned to block my time, schedule time to read emails, and I now have more time to get my work done (or at least it feels like I have more time). I also sent my assistant to the same workshop. When she returned from the workshop, she said “we need to change things around here so that you and I can be more productive.” Now, our office has now instituted a designated time for questions so that they don’t interrupt our work time, we are purposeful about when we schedule certain meetings, and set aside time to get work done.
– Alexandria Goff, The Law Office of Alexandria Goff
McLaren Coaching’s Time Management class is the first of several trainings and other coaching I have done with Cami McLaren. The time management was exactly what I needed at that moment to help me make some firm decisions about managing my time more effectively. Cami offered specific strategies (big rocks, eating frogs) to implement. I no longer play the email lotto and approach managing my email in a specific and organized way. I have trained clients and friends not to expect a response to text messages during work hours. I am now sending 3 of my staff to the next Time Management training so we can all utilize the same approach.
—Jennifer Duggan, Duggan Law Corp.