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Copy Don’t Execute, Flexicute!

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You’ve arranged the order for accomplishing the day’s activities, and you begin to work your plan. But you know, however (because you’ve done a reality check), that your day will not go exactly as you planned it.

On a typical day, you can expect to get caught in the crossfire of interruptions, the unexpected will bubble up, and demands will fall out of the sky at inconvenient times. Flexicuting will be required.

Events are so fluid in today’s work environment that we have to change, adapt, and shift our focus all day long. Flexicuting involves the ability to:


Having a Hard Time Ending an Overlong Call?

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Interrupt yourself! Try this. First, gain control of the conversation. Then in the middle of a sentence, abruptly stop talking, glance at your watch, and mention the time in an urgent manner. For example: “Oh! It’s three-fifty! I need to get going.” That’s all it takes.

Notice the technique. It’s honest and not threatening because it’s never rude to interrupt yourself. Plus, it puts you in control. It breaks the conversation politely so you can be on your way.

The Three-Minute Hour

By Productivity Tips, Time Management

Tip99The three-minute hour is fun, fast and effective. You’ll love it! Here’s how it works. Set aside an hour in your office to not be interrupted. Get together every loose end you can think of that you can do in three minutes or less, and do them.

Focus on such things as notes you’ve made on little pieces of paper, short calls where people are waiting for a quick answer. File loose papers, make dinner reservations and any other activities you can do in three minutes or less. If it can’t be done in three minutes or less, don’t do it.

At the end of the hour, your loose ends will be done and you’ll feel a great sense of accomplishment.

4 Ways Any Organization Can Increase Productivity

By Productivity Tips

Tip100Most would agree time is our most precious commodity. Why then do so many organizations pay so little attention to its use? Here are four things any organization can do to increase productivity:

  1. Heighten the value of time in the minds of all members by talking about it in meetings and all areas of communication.
  2. Teach time management skills to all members and require them to use a time management system.
  3. Hold all persons accountable by measuring what is accomplished with their time.
  4. Cut meeting time in half with better planning.

How does your organization measure up? Are you paying enough attention to its use?

Is Your Problem Your Boss?

By Productivity, Productivity Tips

Tip98Over the years, I’ve had countless executives come up to me after workshops with the following question: “What do you do if your boss is your time management problem? He/she interrupts me all day long.” My answer is: “You don’t have a time management problem; you have a communication problem!” So, here’s the tip.  Read More > Read More

Take a Break From Time Management

By Productivity Tips

young business woman corporate executive relaxing sitting on a chair in the open air outdoors

Looking for answers? Too much structure and minute to minute intensity can actually shut down the creative portion of your brain from where answers come. Plant the question with which you are struggling in the back of your mind, and then forget it for a while. Lighten up and take some time off. Do something you really enjoy doing. Sleep on it.

As you relax, your subconscious will be freed up and keep working for you. The answer will come when you least expect it, sometimes at three in the morning. When it comes, write it down fast so it doesn’t slip away.

It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. – Albert Einstein