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Boost Your Productivity: Essential Time Management Skills

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      01 Time Management and Productivity


    • 2.

      The Time Management System


    • 3.

      Time Management Productivity 02 Time Waster


    • 4.

      Time Management Productivity 03 Where Success Begins


    • 5.

      Time Management Productivity 04 Planning Your Time


    • 6.

      Time Management Productivity 05 Prioritize


    • 7.

      Time Management Productivity 06 Deadlines


    • 8.

      Time Management Productivity 07 Procrastination


    • 9.

      Time Management Productivity 08 Decisions


    • 10.

      Time Management Productivity 09 Three Techniques


    • 11.

      Time Management Productivity 10 Distractions


    • 12.

      Time Management Productivity 11 Focus


    • 13.

      Time Management Productivity 12 Summary


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Simple Strategies You Can Use To Manage Your Time And Get More Done!

Question: Who has a greater attention span:

A) An Average Goldfish

B) An Average Human?


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Tom Wiztek

Marketing and Recruitment Specialist


Hi I'm Tom. 

I have a keen interest in marketing and recruitment.

I have worked for over 2 years in the recruitment industry. I learned the ins and outs of hiring people. I decided to publish courses related to finding a job because I realized that a lot of candidates are professionals (in their field). But don't know how to present themselves.

Furthermore, I have always been fascinated with online marketing.

Over the past couple of years I have been involved in numerous projects related to traffic generation, online marketing, blogs, app creation and web design.

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1. 01 Time Management and Productivity: Hi, I'm Tom. Let me ask you a question. Who has a shorter attention span and average person or an average goldfish? Before I reveal the answer, I would like to share some interesting news. Technology is making our lives much easier. We're living in a fast-paced world, and we get more disruptions in our lives now than ever before. And our brains are literally rewiring themselves to adapt for this new lifestyle. Studies have shown that were slowly losing our ability to focus. Now more than ever before, more people are finding it hard to sit, focus on one task and get it done. Productivity is at an all time low. So to answer the question, who has a shorter attention span? Well, it's officially as of 2015. We have a shorter attention span than a goldfish. And it's almost been a decade since that result. With the growth of social media, these results are even worse today. But imagine for a second that you could double your productivity in half the time. Or just you could become immune to the destructions of everyday life. And that you could always sit down and get to work without any minute blocks. Sounds too good to be true. That is the power of time management is a skill and everyone can learn it because time management is really life management. And as Peter Drucker used to say, you cannot manage time. You can only manage yourself. And the most successful people are those who are best at managing themselves. I have created the boost your productivity training, where you will learn how to double your productivity. Here's what is included in this class. You'll learn the five biggest time oysters that destroy all productivity. When you know what they are, you'll be able to consciously put some effort and stopped doing them. You'll discover the secret power of goals. You will learn the correct way of writing them so you can achieve them faster. You learn the most efficient way to prioritize your tasks so that you always get the most important tasks done and have more free time during your day. How to use Parkinson's law to apply pressure to your daily schedule so that you increase your productivity. You'll uncover the five best ways to eliminate procrastination so that you never sit in front of a blank computer doing nothing. You will learn how the most successful people in business make their decisions and how you can adapt the strategy to your daily life almost instantly. You will learn three proven tips for boosting your productivity. As a bonus, I will share with you a cool little trick I use to focus your attention on one single task for prolonged periods of time. Using this technique, I can kick-start my productivity and get much more done in less time. So join the class, sit back and relax and learn how to boost your productivity and start getting work done faster. 2. The Time Management System: Welcome to this time management and productivity training. It's so good to see you here on the inside. The promise of this program is that if you go through these lessons and apply the techniques I'll show you, you will become at least twice as productive as you are now. You will get twice as much done in the same time or even less time. There's no hiding it. We are living in a fast-paced world with technologies like smartphones, laptops, internet, emails. We're so busy. We have so much to do yet, so little time to do it. And the problem is that no matter how much you do each day, you always have more to do. So time management is really important if you want to succeed. But what are we really talking about here? Time management is the management of yourself. You want to manage yourself so that you can get more things done. Serve more customers, right? Faster, produced faster, develop more fulfilling relationships. Spend more time with your family, and of course, earn more money. And at the end of the day, you want that satisfying feeling that you have done enough. What I'm about to show you is a system for managing yourself. It's a proven system and it's based on the habits of successful people. Do the techniques in this training and you will become more productive and get more things done. Follow the system. And you may even get pleasure from getting work done, a sense of accomplishment, and as a side benefit, your self-esteem will rise. Let's get started by revealing the five biggest time waster that reduce productivity. 3. Time Management Productivity 02 Time Waster: Welcome to this next lesson about the five biggest time wasters that reduce productivity. This truly are the thieves. Off time they interrupt you, they distract you, and they are a serious cause off chaos in your life. These time wasters are so present in our everyday life that they have turned into a really bad habit. I rooting that haunts you and waste your time without being aware of them. You would be unconsciously doing them, and what I want to do is to bring them to your attention. Once you're aware of these unproductive habits, then you can eliminate them from your life. Just by reducing peacetime oysters from your daily schedule, you will notice a jump in productivity. So the 1st 1 is email. And what I mean is email checking. Now don't get me wrong. I know that email is one of the best communication methods available on email is great for instantly sending a message, getting information about purchases, getting all sorts of information. What I am talking about is the habit off constantly checking your email. Did you know that the average number of times per hour on office worker checks their email inbox is 30. That's right. 30 times in the hour, the worker stops what they're doing and checks their inbox. Frequent interruptions. Break your work rhythm and slow you down, even worth. Some people start their day by checking their email inbox. So instead of getting toe work, they check their email inbox and deal with other people's requests and problems while their schedule is left unattended. By doing this, you are not sending a good message to yourself. You're basically saying that your agenda is not important and other people's mothers always come first. Next, we've got social media, so we're looking at sites like Facebook. Twitter stumble upon amongst many, many other social media sites that are out there. But let's look at Facebook in particular. One moment you are sitting in front of a computer screen, ready to work. Then you think to yourself, maybe a check my Facebook account, see what others are doing. Then 20 minutes later, you are still logged into your account messaging your fair, and while leaving a comment about the story somebody liked and perhaps even clicking on I cleverly hidden odd that captured your attention. You see, browsing through social media sites is not a viable use of your time, and it really decreases your daily productivity. It is an interruption. Let's move on. Now we've got multitasking. Multitasking is one of the biggest destructions at work. Time management experts believe that if you constantly get interrupted or us to do other things than a simple task can take up to 500% longer off. Your time to complete multitasking reduces efficiency and performance because your brain can Onley focus on one thing at a time. Despite what many people believe, multitasking is really inefficient. Here is even more but news. Not only does multitasking slow your productivity, but studies have shown that it can actually lower your a que. A new study at Stanford found the multitasking damages your brain. The research found that people who are regularly bombarded with several streams off Elektronik information struggle to focus their attention, cannot recall information or switch from one job to another, as well as those who avoid multitasking and complete one task at a time. The next time waster is procrastination, and I want to ask you, how many times have you said in front of my computer and are ready to work. Then you get a single dot. Maybe I should check my email first or look up one website. Then we find an article that we must read. That story leads to a link on a solution onto a celebrity gossip age. Then we have to click the link, which says something like Find out the the five celebrities who ruins their faces by plastic surgery or something similar. Well, what I've just described is called procrastination. Just before you have to work, your brain goes into avoidance mode. Your brain tries to delay your work just by a little, then minutes turning to tens of minutes into hours, and by the end of the day, you do very little. That's this sound familiar? Procrastination is really destructive. Later on, I will give you the techniques you need to deal with procrastination so that it doesn't slow you down and that you can actually sit down in front of your computer and get to work instantly. Now I want to talk to you about indecision. Are you indecisive? Do you have to consider every single option every bit of information and dwell upon your decisions for hours? This can be a riel time waster. I have found that successful people all have the same decision making style. Later, in this training, you will learn the most effective decision making style so that you can improve your productivity, feel better about your choices and save a lot of time. Due to all of these distractions that we as a society, are burdened with on an everyday level, studies prove that our attention span is on a downward trend. That's why, at this moment, the average goldfish has a longer attention span than an average person. But the report in the next lesson, we're going to tweak your habits and improve your productivity. I'll show you the strategies that are used for being productive and getting a lot done during the day. But you will have to adapt them into your daily routines, and this will not happen overnight. Therefore, I would like you to commit to the strategies you learn in this training for the next 30 days. Why 30? It has been proven that it takes a person 30 days to form a habit. Time management is all about routines and habits. When you commit to these principles, For the next 30 days, you will develop a habit that will last a lifetime. You will double your productivity and save time. Then you will notice something really cool. You no longer have to force yourself into effective time management. After 30 days, you will realize that you are being pulled into time. Management started jizz by your habits. You'll be amazed by the effects of these habits. So now let's go into the strategies on how to focus your attention to the task at hand, how to conquer procrastination and how to double your productivity. See you in the next lesson. 4. Time Management Productivity 03 Where Success Begins: Now it's time to learn where all successful time management begins. I believe goals are the starting point to any time management improvement. Goals are the big picture. You have to decide for yourself. What do you really want to accomplish? What is it that you really want? People would go succeed because they know where they're gone. When you think of goals, I want you to think in terms of a ship in the harbor sailing out. The captain and the crew know where they're going and how long it will take to get there. It has a goal. It will reach its destination on 99.99% of the time. Now let's think off another ship without a crew, no destination. Let's just turn the engines and let it go. If it gets out of the harbor, it will just keep going until it hit something and sinks or ends up on some beach or the fuel runs out. It will not go anywhere because it has no guidance, and we human beings are exactly the same. If you have no goals, you're just drifting through time, wasting your time, not being productive. Goals are guidance mechanism. If your life is run without goals, you're not in control of your life or your time. You are just being responsive to each day's problems. You do not progress by merely being reactive to problems. You just stand still. So I want to share with you the results of a Harvard study from 1979 i group of graduating students were asked if they had written goals. Onley 3% had written goals. 10 years later, that same group was interviewed again. The results were quite interesting. They found that the 3% off the students who had written goals were earning 10 times as much as the other. 90% combined together. Success is goals, and you must write your goals down. It's not enough just to think about your goals in your head. You must do the physical act off writing your goals down. Your goals must be clear, measurable and time bounded. Set a deadline for your goals. You get focused and it drives you to achieve your goals. I want you to start setting goals from today make goal list so that you know exactly what you want. Once you have your goals. You have to plan the steps that are necessary to achieve your goals. Now that we have established the importance off goals, we can look at the vehicle we use for achieving the goals, and it's time management. A really important part of this is plunging. You want to know each step that you need to take to achieve your goals. I once heard a funny thing, but realized just how truthful it really. If if you fail to plan, then you plan to fail, which is exactly what will happen to you without planning. So do the exercise attached to this module about goals that I'll see you in the next lesson where we will talk about planning and time management for better productivity. 5. Time Management Productivity 04 Planning Your Time: Now I want to talk to you about planning. Remember, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. I want you to plan out your day and create a list. Never work without the list. Experts have shown that the first time you work from a list, you will get a 25% boost to your productivity. So I want you to plan each month in advance of you plan every week and plan every day. Always plan for the day the night before. Never plan first thing in the morning as it wastes valuable energy and time. So plan out your day the night before and make a list off everything that you need to do in the morning. You're fresh and ready to start your day by planning ahead of time, you will know what to do when you wake up and go to work, you will hit the ground running. It's a really effective way to start your day. It has been estimated by time management experts that one minute of planning saves 10 minutes off execution. The alternative is to wake up and think what to do in the morning by planning. You are wasting your time. You take too long to decide, but at night, before you go to bed, you decide and get some rest. Knowing what to do. The next day, your days will be better. Try it for yourself when you are writing your tasks out. There is one idea I got from Tim Ferriss, which I think is really valuable. Don't use outlook or any other program to plan your schedule as you can list way too many tasks for one day. Instead, fold on a four piece of paper twice in half and write your to do list on it. By using a small piece of paper, you are forced to write on Lee the most important tasks on your list. So remember, do your planning before the actual day. You will save a lot of time and one more thing. Always start your day with the most important task. First off. Now let's move on to the next step, which is prioritizing so that we know which step is the most important. That has to be done first 6. Time Management Productivity 05 Prioritize: So now that you have goals and you create your list the night before, let's have look at prioritizing your list. Make sure you write everything that has to be done in your day on your list. Now for time management, I want to introduce you to two important concepts. Efficiency and effectiveness. Effectiveness is doing the right tasks in order to get the job done. Efficiency is doing a task well. Effectiveness is much more important because you will do the right tasks that get the job done. The truth of the matter is doing something unimportant will not make it important, even if you are really efficient at it. And requiring a lot of time does not make a task important. If you invest your time and energy in the wrong tasks, you will waste a lot of time, period. So when you construct your daily plan of action, the next step is to prioritize your tasks for prioritizing. I want to introduce you to parrot ALS 80 20 law. Paradores Law states that basically 20% of your work will be responsible for 80% of the results, and it is a common estimate. Also that 80% of business sales come from 20% of the customers. This law is named after an Italian economist, Wilfredo Pareto. He discovered that 80% of London, Italy, was owned by 20% of the population. And the weird thing is that he developed this principle by observing that 20% off the peoples in his garden contained 80% of the peace. The load was discovered over 100 years ago and has been countless. Lee proven so 20% off your actions will give you 80% of the results, So now you have to select the 20% from your list. Here's what I do to prioritize my list to decide the most important task. I think off consequences. If the consequence for not doing a task will be severe, you bet that item is important. Low consequences means low importance. So now go through the items you have on your list and prioritized them. By doing this, you can focus your efforts on the most important tasks and remember, always tackled the toughest task first thing in the morning and leave the easier tasks for later in the morning. You have the most energy and motivation is the perfect time to start with the tough tusks. I will see you in the next lesson 7. Time Management Productivity 06 Deadlines: Hello, everybody. Now I want you to go back to a time when you are still in school. Let's say your teacher gave you an assignment that was due in four weeks. How did you go about the completion of this assignment? Maybe you were organized and finished everything early because before it was due. But if you were like me and like the majority of the population, you left it to the very last minute. No, my logic was at school that why worry now legal till the very last minute and I'll be more productive. So I left it to the very last night and usually spend the whole night writing the assignment. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. Probably we've all been there before. It turns out that there's a local Parkinson's law, and it states that if you have two hours to complete a task, it will take two hours. However, if you have two months to do it, then it will take two months. Is just one of those lows that works always like gravity, and I think that we can use it to our advantage. We can set deadlines for the tasks that need to get done. You can give yourself dead lights for the tasks you plan to complete. By setting a time you have essentially a goal that you're working for. It motivates you. You focus on your plan and get things done. Now it is weird because these are just artificial deadlines that you yourself a setting. But they work here, the consequences off. No deadlines you will lose. Focus on important tasks will creep behind you and take priority. It's the sitting in front of a computer starting work, and five minutes later, realizing that your inbox is open, your Facebook profile is open and you are reading a new story from yahoo dot com while texting your friend. You see you need discipline and deadlines can give it to you. Now more than ever. Seeing that we have so many distractions and interruptions around us, you need a start time on end time and deadlines. Won't they help? They create focus that lines kick start you into action mode. So remember Parkinson's law and remember to set deadlines on your to do list tasks. Let's review what we've just covered in these past couple of lessons. You have learned five really powerful steps to increase your productivity. You have learned how to set goals, the principle of planning your day, the night before. We've talked about how to prioritize your tasks, to get the most important tasks done using characters law. We just covered the importance off deadlines for each tough and one really important rule, which I said a couple of times Always do your most important. Asked first thing in the morning. Follow the steps and you will double your productivity and, more importantly, get control in your life and feel good about managing yourself into effective action and getting things. Then, in the next lecture, you will learn five ways to conquer procrastination. See you then. 8. Time Management Productivity 07 Procrastination: Have you ever had a day where you had a simple task to do yet you want sure how to do it. So sitting in front of the computer, you started your day by visiting your email inbox. Then you browsed a couple of new sites and perhaps check your Facebook account. Then you check your phone and wow, look at the time. It's time for a coffee. So you've just had your coffee break and now are ready to work. You ask yourself What if someone sent me an email so you check your inbox again. Then you check your social media account on Facebook, you click a link to a story that interests you and you have just lost your focus again. And now it's time for lunch. After lunch, you get back to your computer and a couple of was passed. You don't really do anything and it's 6 p.m. Look at that time for dinner. Now, finally, you sit in front of your computer at around 90 m and get to work 10:30 p.m. You are all finished and wonder why did it take you so long? Why didn't you just due to the work in the morning and have a day off. What I just described to you is that they did. I have had one too many times that I would like to admit at the time I would work hard. 95 job. I would work extra hours just so that I could get a day off, and then I had my day off. Now would blow it well, that's the power of procrastination, the action off, delaying or postponing something. It can really interfere with your productivity and getting things done. I have some good news and some bad news. Everyone procrastinates. It's normal, but you can manage your procrastination and minimize it. In this lesson, I want to share with you five ways to conquer procrastination. So let's start one set clear written goals and plans off action. This will motivate you when you sit in front of a computer or get to the office. You know what to do and can get on with it. It's much easier to start your day knowing what to do, then have a blank sheet jewel. When you know what to do, you will not have the tendency to sit in front of a computer and check your email, Check your Facebook account and so on, so on, some to break down your goals into tiny little tusks. Do not skip on this. Big goals may be overwhelming, but when you break them down into smaller tasks than achieving, the goal will seem not quite as hard. I want to ask you one serious question. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. It's the same word. Goals. If you have a large goal, it may seem overwhelming. You may not know where to start, so break it down into smaller steps. Everything can be broken down into little steps, even making yourself a cup of coffee. Final clean glass. Find a teaspoon. Find some coffee. Put one teaspoon of coffee into mark. Boil water one boiling. Pour into glass. Simple number three work on one task at a time, so no multitasking work, single minded on each task. So from your list of tasks, choose one and Onley work on it until it's done. Multitasking is well known to be inefficient and reduced productivity, so take each task one at a time and working it until it's done. Number four set a time limit for each tusk. This has two benefits. First, you get the test complete by the deadline, and then you can move on through your list. Secondly, if you are having a hard day at work and say you are finding it really hard to focus to sit down and get to work, then just commit to working on a task for 15 minutes. What you may find is that after the 15 minutes are up, you are switched on. Your energy has has changed. You have changed your state and you're ready to do more work. So keep working, then, until the task is done and number five reward yourself forgetting tasks complete. Our reward may be really helpful to get you up and running, for instance, you want a coffee, say to yourself, You will get the coffee once you finish a particular task, and no sooner or another way you could use this is have a bunch of chocolates that you love and make it a rule to only treat yourself. Once you get something done, then chicken off your list and treat yourself. You see, positive reinforcement is a great way for you to start working, and it's really effective. But it does require self discipline, and once you discipline yourself, then you can really motivate yourself to get to work and get things done. Follow these rules and you will minimize the effect of procrastination on your productivity in no time. 9. Time Management Productivity 08 Decisions: Welcome back. Now I want to talk to you about your decision making style. If you are indecisive and hesitant to choose, then this lesson can help you. If you spend countless hours too numerous to count over making a decision, you're wasting a lot of time and energy. I have come to realize that successful people do not waste time making decisions. They follow one strategy and are able to choose the best decision on most occasions. Let's imagine we are at a restaurant choosing what to eat. Now I have a friend who opens the menu and analyzes every single option available in his head. He makes a list of pros and cones off each meal and slowly, really, really slowly decides which meal to choose. If the menu is large, he spends a long time. The waiter usually has to come back twice, at least to our table before he gets the order. Now me, on the other hand, I opened the menu. Once I see something that I like, I go for it. It saves me a lot of time, and on most occasions I'm happy with my choices. Now, after this restaurant experience, I asked my friend about his long and hesitant attitude to choosing meals, and I realized that that is how he makes all his choices in life what he is purchasing, a holiday ticket or a backpack. He goes through all the options, all the pros, and comes always. Whether he's spending 10 does or $2000 he always takes a long time. Research has been done to determine the most effective decision making style. It has been discovered that it's wasteful to, unless every single option. Not only is it a number one time waster, but due to cognitive limitations, it's not possible toe on life. Every bit of data, however, there is another decision making style, which does lead to effective time management. It's known as the satisfies ng model. Using this satisfies ng model, ah, person makes a decision and chooses a good enough option. Studies have shown that a person using the satisfy sing model, not Onley, makes decisions quicker and saves more time. But it's actually happier after the decision. They're less likely to feel regret, even if their option was not necessarily the best. Another great character trait is that a person using the satisfy sing method of decision making tends to make a decision and hold onto it. This is a trade off successful people. They're quick to make the decision, but slow to change. It, however, does. WHO analyzed every single option and every bit of data available are different. They are slow to make the decision, but quick to change it. They also experienced high levels of regrets as they keep second guessing themselves. What did they have made? The right choice? And in general, these people have low levels of happiness and lower self esteem. Part of the reasons for this is that someone who tries to have allied every single option relies heavily on external sources of information. They do not ask the one really powerful question that successful people ask, Will I enjoy this where successful people decide what they will be most happy with and selected fast and effective time management. So, to double your productivity in no time, start adapting the satisfies ing method off decision making. Thanks for what? You just listen 10. Time Management Productivity 09 Three Techniques: Welcome back. Now we want to share with you three techniques practised by the most successful people. These air powerful principles that will increase your daily productivity. Ready, Fire! Aim. If you are slow to make a decision, then this technique will really save you a lot of time. The reality is that you do not need to know all the options available and every bit of information that you can get your hands on to. You just need to know enough and then make up your mind. This strategy is actually more popular than you think. I want to share with you how it was used during the Apollo mission to the moon. So let me ask you a question. How many times was the spaceship own course for the moon? 90%. 40%. Come on. Give me your best guess. Right now. I hope that you have thought about this. The actual answer is 3%. They were off course 97% of the time, yet they still managed to reach the moon. It was on course for the moon. 3% off the time on Lee. The rest was just correcting its movements. Correcting course retaining its direction. Ready Fire! Aim is all about choosing your outcome, taking action, seeing how it works and then correcting along the way. Now if the a polo spaceship, which required highly technical calculations and technology, was only 3% of the time on course that I am sure you will have much better chance of achieving your goals. All you have to do is take action and keep correcting along the way. Now I want to share with you the brute fourth technique to getting started. You probably have days where you sit in front of a computer and dread the idea of work. You have to write an article or prefer something new, something that requires your creative thinking skills. Yet nothing comes to your mind. You just feel down and think to yourself. Woe is me. Here is what I want you to do. Start writing or preparing what you must do but simply start. I have noticed that whenever I have to write something and when I am not in the mood, I just start writing anything that comes to my mind or I sometimes just start thinking about the outline. Then, after about 20 minutes or so. My attitude automatically changes. I get more ideas and I could think clearly it's a weird thing. Seeing that 20 or so minutes earlier, I was tired and did not want to do anything. Then, just by getting on with it, I suddenly would get a source off energy. So don't use the logic. I'll start when I get the ideas instead. Think of it this way. When I start, that's when I get the idea. Technique number three only focus on one thing and one thing Onley until it is complete. Multitasking is a form of destruction. It slows you down. It breaks your train off thought. If you constantly have to start and stop a task in your day. Time management experts have said that your time to complete a simple task may be increased by up to 500%. Can you imagine that you are working and in the zone the place where you get the most among done and then boom on interaction. It will take you some time to get back to the task at hand and get your mind reoriented on completing the task. On also setting is usually the place where employees get their heads done in. I have worked in an office like this. One minute you're writing and limo, then the phone rings. Then a customer comes in for assistance and a fellow worker needs your help. 60 minutes later, you finally get to sit back down to write that first single email. And this, you know, is not even long. It's meant to be like one or two paragraphs, and that's it. But then the phone rings, someone comes in and the whole process starts again in that office. It was not uncommon to spend over one hour just writing an email. So if you can eliminate multitasking entirely, do it focused. Work on a single task gives closure and completion, and as a side benefit yourself, esteem actually raises you feel better about yourself. This in itself motivates you to get even more done. So work on developing these three principles as your habits, and you will notice a significant jump to your productivity 11. Time Management Productivity 10 Distractions: your computer is one of the biggest distractions as well as your greatest ally. The same goes for email, your phone and many other new technologies. In this lesson, I would like to discuss with you the secret to dealing with distractions because certain distractions and interruptions they're going to take place no matter what. That's why I want to give you a series of techniques that you can use to manage these distractions and interruptions so that you still get more done and improve your productivity. So, firstly, email destruction, I want to make it clear to never check your email first thing in the morning. Make sure that you start your day with a task that you have already planned. Email checking and reading is a bad habit, and it's a doorway into procrastination and not getting anything done. It's better to check your emails 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Instead. Email is an interruption, so she juillet ahead of time. Know that 12 p.m. And 4 p.m. Thes air. The times that you will have to go through your daily emails. Trust me, it's better than checking your email inbox 30 times per hour during the times when you are not checking your email, I suggest you set up on email auto response so that your contacts No. One, they can expect a reply from you. The next interruption is phone destructions. The same principle applies here. Asked to email. If you have to be created for one or two hours, then I would suggest you switch your phone to silent. No vibrate, just silent and avoid the temptation to check it every 15 minutes. You may be thinking at this moment, but what if it's an emergency? Well, I will tell you that the chances are much greater that it's never an emergency, and whatever somebody wants, they can wait. No people distractions. People will not understand what you are doing. If you're working at home, friends and family will not get the importance of not interrupting, so you must train them instead. If they send you an email I SNS or call you and you instantly answered them. It's like you're rewarding their behavior and they will keep on doing it again and again. So don't instantly texting back. Don't reply to their emails and don't answer their phones. If you let them get to you. Your productivity will get flushed down the toilet by delaying your communications back with them. Your friends will get used to waiting so set boundaries. Most things are not emergencies and can wait 1 to 2 hours. I know that I've talked about multitasking and how it defeats productivity. It's a curse. It will drain your energy, and at the end of the day, you will feel lousy and probably just want to glue yourself to the couch and not even have enough energy to turn the TV on. So if you can avoid multitasking entirely, if you are finding it hard to break free from the habit of multitasking, then give yourself blocks of time that you can commit to Onley working on one thing. For example, set yourself a 15 minutes time period to focus on one thing Onley, then work your way up to 60 minutes. Now, before we end this lesson, I want to tell you one more thing. Always, and I mean always do the hardest task first thing in the morning. It's better to have this done by 11 a.m. so that your day has instantly got in meaning and you feel better about yourself. Thanks, fortune 12. Time Management Productivity 11 Focus: welcome to this bonus lesson on a powerful technique to train your focus. Now I have mentioned how we're living in a culture that is shortening our attention spans. Remember the goldfish? Yeah, it has a longer attention span than the average human being at this moment. So to reverse the damage that technology is doing to us, I have a special trick up my sleeve. It's a trick you can use to work on your focus. Here's what I do, and I call it the Countdown Timer technique Whenever I have to work for an extended time. On one task I set up, I come down, timer on my tablet or on my phone and I said it to 60 minutes and then I work. During this time, I get distracting thoughts. They pop up now and then, but I still focus on my work. After 60 minutes, I give myself 10 minutes to be destructive. I sometimes go for a walk, do some stretches, browse the Internet or make myself a coffee or tea. Whatever. I do it for 10 minutes and 10 minutes on Lee. It's my destruction time. I let my mind wander everywhere. Then I reset my timer and go on for another 60 minutes. It's great because I am teaching myself to work on one task uninterrupted for periods off 60 minutes the first day. This may seem a little heart, but it gets easier, and that's loads to my daily productivity when you're just starting out, said the time of 2 30 minutes. Or if you want to challenge, try 45 minutes. But the physical act off seeing a countdown timer really boost your productivity, and it's really effective for your time management. 13. Time Management Productivity 12 Summary: congratulations on getting to the end of this course. I would like to briefly summarize all the methods and principles that you learned in this course. So at first you learned about the five biggest time wasters in your everyday life. You learned the power off setting goals and why you need to set goals regularly so that you know where you are going in life and not just aimlessly drifting. You learned that importance off. Always planning your date the night before, so that you can start your day in running mount and know what you want to accomplish. By the end of the day, you learn the proper technique for prioritizing your tasks. Using parrot owes 80 20 rule so you can choose the tasks that are most important so that you can maximize your results with minimal work. Then I showed you Parkinson's law and the importance off setting deadlines. Here. You learned that even artificial deadlines are really effective at getting you into the rhythm off work and being productive. Then we discussed the five ways you can defeat procrastination from your daily routines in this lesson on its own, using the's five ways will improve your productivity by at least 200%. We discussed decision making styles. You learned all about the Satisfies Inc model and why it's the most successful technique for making decisions fast and having no regrets. Afterwards, I included I bonus lecture about how to deal with distractions so that you can keep your focus and get the job done fast. And as a second bonus, I reviewed to you my countdown timer technique for working on one task at a time. And I gave you three tips to boost your productivity and get more done. These were that they think that the most successful people use. I hope that you have found all of these principles useful and that you enjoy the course. I am interested to know what you think. So please leave me a review so that also others will know the value off this training. Thank you very much for enrolling in discourse