Recap: Time Blocking Webinar with Barbara Nelson
Thanks to all who attended and to Barbara Nelson, who did a fantastic job! Make sure you take advantage of her free coaching call:
* Monday, March 1st
* 3pm-4pm, ET
* code 2227#
Barbara pioneered a number of “firsts” in this webinar: first time we put one of the attendees on the line to join the discussion, first time one of the hosts is doing a follow-up call, and first time we’ve gotten homework!
Some of the many Time Management Tips from Attendees:
* I use technology to change my work environment. If I feel like I’m stuck in a rut, I’ll leave the ofice to work. Forward phones & grab my laptop. Working in the park is very productive.
* Twitter + Facebook ought to be rewards (not habit) for many.
* Tip for perfectionists: time block things & deem them done at end of block.
* Hemingway always had a starting point for the next day’s writing.
* Plan time to think.
* I leave Monday mornings open for calls, emails, reviewing weekend’s mail.
* Google calendar up on the desktop whenever I am at my desk=crucial.
* The frog tastes better in the morning than late in the day (i.e. do the thing you don’t want to do EARLY & get it out of the way).
* Wear a kamikaze headband to signal “don’t bother me now.” Extreme time blocking (may not work at the courthouse).
* You can print out your computer calendar, and it’s more easily revised & accessed on the road.
* Scheduling call-backs for status may be a good way of training clients/family (if family cooperates).
* Train clients to ask quick questions by email, which makes answering easier/less urgent/less intrusive.
* “Don’t Open Email in the Morning” book worth checking out.
* Make something you don’t want to do but have to do fun: Put on some good music, have a glass of wine, etc. Change the association from negative to positive.
* End-of-day and Friday time management effectiveness review after blocking time on my calendar has been the best way to get started. This will help in limiting time-wasting activities – as Barbara said, without the judgment.
* As a solo with a home office, I try to work outside my office at a coffee shop or other “third place” at least once a week for a couple of hours. Changing up the location from time to time = more productivity.