Time Management Expert, Event Speaker: Mark Lamendola

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Time Tips: Scheduling Tools Tip #1

I'm a big fan of scheduling tools. To do lists, the Outlook calendar, and good e-mail management practices are my primary tools for this. But some "experts" would look at my schedule and say I have a lot of wasted time. There are so many empty spaces!

That's because those folks are experts at process and not at results.

Consider this example from my experience. I run several Websites. I could just sit here all day and build pages. But, I don't do that. I take advantage of the gaps in my schedule just to "free associate" about things. And that's when I come up with killer ideas. Later, I implement those ideas. There's a big difference between being busy and being productive. The first is working hard, the second is working smart.

You are not a robot. You need time for those neurons to fire randomly and for thoughts to percolate. A Webmaster might do the following things to improve a Website (you can apply the same to whatever it is you do):

  • Take a walk.
  • Read a book.
  • Take a nap.
  • Visit other sites, noting one thing good and one thing bad about each one.

Notice, the first three have nothing to do with the actual work. By taking your attention off a given set of problems, you can allow your subconscious to work on those problems.

So, set some time aside just to think and explore. You will be amazed at how much time this saves you. You will be amazed at how much this allows you to make the best use of the time you do schedule.



Do you want to radically improve how well people in your organization make use of the limited number of hours in each work day?

Contact me to arrange a time when we can talk about a presentation: mark@mindconnection.com. Why arrange a time? So I can give you full attention during the call. There's a really powerful time management tip. Ask me why it works.