Thank you, everyone, for attending out MPW seminar today…
My intention when I present one of these is to balance the line between (a) actionable and practical information and (b) theories of productivity you can continue thinking about and discussing with your team for weeks (or months!) to come!
In “list form” here are some of the areas we addressed in our time together:
1. Communications styles (Noun and Verb Thinking along with Learning Styles: Auditory, Visual and Kinesthetic)
2. Organizational systems: Managing through a variety of mediums such as paper note-taking systems and digital organization (email, tasks, etc)
3. Processing information through various levels of intention and interest (thinking about work, managing projects and actions, prioritizing tasks and meetings)
4. “Bigger thinking” on behavioral productivity (such writers as Ken Blanchard, Karen Pryor and Lorraine Monroe)
5. Identifying habits and routines, and the impact of working “comfortably”
6. Interruptions and the net effect on productivity (one interruption can take up 5-15 minutes of time…multiply that by 10 interruptions a day!)
7. Peer to peer coaching: Identify your strengths and ask yourself, “How can I get better?”
8. Basic Microsoft® Outlook® techniques for effective organization.
9. Developing relationships with clients vs. simply transacting business with them
Of course, any ONE of those topics could easily consume a lifetime of study, but for today we simply brushed over some of the areas of concern and possible implementation ideas you could go back to your desks and use straight away.
Now, getting back to your desks, you may wonder where to start? There are so many places, but consider beginning by reviewing page 17 of your workbook. There is a place you can go to that gives you VERY tactical information.
Remember studying the impact of the Chunklet Effect (*a study done at San Jose State University) on the impact of “unfinished business?” Well, consider giving yourself the “Gift Of Your Own Attention,” and really moving through that list of “To Dos.” In the time you spent “developing” your work (actually deciding what you needed to DO based on the “thought trail” exercise), you could have easily come up with 15, 20 or even 30 tasks. If you pushed on this as much as I’ve seen some people do, you would have come up with very specific, “lowest-common-denominator” tasks that you could have done within the next 48-96 hours.
Which leads me to an AH-HA you could have had during that process: A lot of the time used up in the day is time spent “thinking” about what needs to be done. Once that decision is made, there are two options: Now or Later. If it’s now, then do it to completion. If it’s later, write it where you’ll see it…then.
A lot of the books I mentioned are listed on that website, www.BooksWeRecommend.com also, if you get a chance, do check out the Web Site for TED.com…there are so many great presentations there!