Want More Time in Your Day?

productivityHow would you like to have more time in your day…to increase your productivity?

Can’t imagine anyone turning that down. The thing is, while we all only get 1,440 per day, it’s quite possible to make better use of those minutes – and therefore feel like we have more time. According to internationally acclaimed change agent and simplifier Bill Jensen, your time and attention are among your most precious assets, but 50% of the wasting of your time and attention is on you.

Jensen led a session of ExecuNet Master Class titled 5 Powerful Choices You Must Make Now for a Strong Future in which he talked about ways to guard your time and attention, from others and from yourself. He explained that we all need to know our go-to question – the essential question that we simply must know the answer to in every interaction. Those questions are when, what, who, and why? For all of us one of those is essential information. We may be interested in more than one, but there’s one that has to be answered before we can process or act.

  • The Planner lives by a calendar and needs to know when.
  • The Prioritizer lives by a to-do list and needs to know what.
  • The Arranger is people-focuses and needs to know who.
  • The Visualizer is a creative, risk-taker and needs to know why.

Jensen advises knowing your go-to question and get to answering it quickly because nothing matters until you have that answer.

Another suggestion Jensen had was to follow the 3-5 Rule.

When emailing, remember people typically skim, so the point needs to be made in 3-5 seconds. Don’t waste your time writing emails that can’t be consumed within that time period.

When face-to-face, make it 3-5 minutes. After that, people’s attention wanes. Save your own time and get your point/need/instructions/questions across fast and move on because people’s mind will wander fast.

In your 3-5, focus on Know, Feel, Do. Make sure you get across the one thing you want people to know. How do you want them to feel, and what you want them to do. Jensen’s research shows this allows you to get the essentials across quickly, before attention wanders, and then any remaining time can consist of dialog.

Listen to the Master Class ondemand, free for members, to hear Bill talk in detail about these topics and a whole lot more on being productive, saving time, and making your future brighter.

William Flamme

William Flamme

William Flamme is ExecuNet's Marketing Content Manager, where he is responsible for developing engaging career, job search, and leadership insight and delivering executive-level content across the various properties under the ExecuNet brand. Prior to joining ExecuNet in 2008, Will earned a master's degree in education and taught fifth grade and sixth grade. As a teacher, he deepened his appreciation for the written word and mastered skills necessary for managing writers who sometimes view deadlines as homework.

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