21 WAYS TO MANAGE THE STUFF THAT SUCKS UP YOUR TIME
24th February, 2014
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Have you ever found yourself staring at a blank computer screen? Spent hours surfing blogs or visiting social media sites, when you should be doing something else? Do you find yourself trapped trying to achieve perfection when the project should already be complete?
By Richard Stone
If you have, the book called 21 Ways to Manage the Stuff that Sucks Up Your Time by Stafford author Grace Marshall is for you.
As the title suggests, the book is clearly separated into 21 easily digestible tips that you can apply to your working life, and your personal life, for that matter.
For me, one of the key take-aways from the book was the idea of creating procedures for the problems that you find yourself fire fighting regularly.
Client complaint? Have a procedure. Expecting to miss a deadline? Have a procedure. Actually missed a deadline? Procedure, procedure, procedure.
Manage energy not time
Another of Marshall’s concepts that I really liked was the idea that you can only manage your energy - not your time. This is a real killer for late workers; by working till ten on Tuesday you probably just make Wednesday less productive.
The book draws from the classics, such as David Allen’s Getting Things Doneand Brian Tracy’s Eat that Frog, but also contributes plenty of ideas of its own. This is no bad thing; there has been a lot of good writing on productivity in the past and ignoring its collective lessons would be, well, not very productive.
You can buy the book here, read more about it on Grace Marshall's websiteor come along and see the author speak at Stafford Borough Council's We Mean Business event by booking tickets here.
I'll be speaking at the same event as well - so you can get a double whammy of marketing genius and time management advice in a single, easily digestible, package.
Anyway, I’m off to be ultra productive now.
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