I’m sitting at my desk, it’s 6:38 am. I just turned on Pandora; Moonlight Sonata Number 14 begins to play. A morning ritual. As I wait for my computer to boot up, I sip coffee and glance down my desk at the iPhone, iPad, Day-Timer, and notepads. I’ve come to a conclusion. Click here to continue reading >>
Today I learned another valuable lesson on the importance of nutrition, consistent training, and above all mental toughness. In every race and I suspect it’s the same for every Ironman you have to break through a mental wall, a barrier that pushes you past the pain propelling you to the finish line. Today I couldn’t break through, but finished. My coach said, “did you have fun?” Yes, I did. In the end that’s what matters when you are doing something you enjoy.
The best advice I can give people to ensure they maximize their daily productivity is to BEWARE OF MULTI-TASKING! Here’s why. When you are executing multiple activities at the same time, none of these activities has your complete focus. Click Here to Continue Reading
Transition time is that time consumed as we move from one project to another, one meeting to another, or one activity to another. Basically, it’s the time we spend disengaging from one activity and preparing to engage another.
Most people aren’t aware of the time consumed in transitions. That’s why managers often back one meeting up against the next, leaving no time to disengage from the last and go to the next. Here are three tips on managing transition time.
- When scheduling meetings, be sure to schedule adequate transition time between them.
- Say no to unnecessary interruptions. Considering the transition time involved with each interruption, it can take two to three times as long to recover from an interruption as it does to experience it.
- Finally, develop an awareness of when you are in transition and not fully engaged or focused on anything.
The French have a wonderful proverb: “If working hard made you rich, donkeys would be covered in gold.” The good people of France appear to mean what they say by working fewer hours and taking more holidays than their peers across the Channel. What’s surprising is not the joie de vivrewhich this working culture appears to reflect, but that the country’s overall productivity is higher than the UK, where people put in longer hours on lower wages.
According to one long-distance carrier, the average unplanned telephone call lasts an average of ten minutes. A planned phone call lasts only seven minutes. So how long does a “carefully” planned phone call last? I believe telephone time can actually be cut in half when the call is carefully planned. Here’s how:
- Clarify the purpose of the call
- Create a simple agenda
- Establish a stop time
Then, make the call and stick with it. You save money. You save your time, and you save the other person’s time too! They will appreciate it and be impressed with your professionalism.