This month’s webinar was on the topic of Using Time Better
If you missed it, you can download the recording.
How well do you use time?
It’s easy to blame others for making us too busy, but the first step is to face up to the fact that we alone, are the resource of our own time. What we choose to say yes to, decides how much time we have.
And how we choose invest the time we do have, also makes a big difference in the kinds of things we are able to get done.
If you’d like to get more, better stuff done, and have more fun in your life, consider taking more control of your time.
This is a very useful webinar to download if you:
- Feel that you don’t always use time as effectively as you should
- Want to feel less busy and overwhelmed
- Have trouble carving out time for yourself
- Want to keep focused on achieving a long term goal
- Need a way to prioritize things that are most important to you
- Want more time for yourself, your family, and for having fun
In this webinar: Using time better I share the ideas and techniques I have learned and practiced over the years to take more control of my time.
Members of Azzarello group can download this webinar for free.
What the webinar covered:
1. Happiness and Time Management
If you want to have fun and good things in your life, put them on your schedule.
It may sound like scheduling ruins the spontaneity in life, but the reality is that the busy-ness, responsibilities and crap in life all assert themselves to take your time, while the things that make you happy do not. They remain patiently waiting in the background for you do do something.
If you have a busy life and you don’t schedule time to do good things, they don’t happen.
2. Assessment, Planning and Measures
In the webinar I shared several tools to assess how you spend your time, and how to determine how you would like to spend your time ideally.
It’s also important to set the right measures and goals for yourself along the way. Having a goal and an outcome defined does not help motivate you every single day.
You need to set up the right reminders and support structure for yourself every single day if you want to make long term goals truly happen, in your work and in your life.
We talked about how to stay focused and determine the “every single day” activities that are required.
3. Negative triggers and time sinks
We all have some bad habits, and as well as annoying people who throw us off our game.
It’s important to see time sinks before the happen, and have a plan to defend against them.
We are all human and no one, including me, has a perfect record of being super-productive all the time.
But when you have common triggers that always throw you off your good intentions and your plan, it’s worth learning about them.
It’s important to do things on purpose to recognize your negative triggers and create new habits to support new goals.
In this webinar, we also talked about several techniques to deal with people in your life who are annoying time wasters.
The more you become aware of the peoeple who give you energy or drain your energy, the more power you have to tune how you spend your time. I thought I’d include one of my favorite internet quotes here!
4. Optimizing Time
Even with limited time, there are things you can do to maximize the use of the small amount of time you do have.
There are things that we can do increase our focus and effectiveness, and things we do that distract us. We all have behaviors that we can slip into, that result in our squandering time.
I outlined some specific, practical ideas to use your time and energy to get the best outcome.
5. Indulge sometimes
We are humans. We can’t be perfect.
Sometimes indulging in being lazy and wasting some time is exactly what you need to recover your energy for your next sprint or marathon.
It’s important to indulge yourself sometimes, and give yourself a break! Yes, set a high bar for yourself and how you use your time, but if you need to take some time off, it’s OK. Really.
Be aware, and choose
The more you can be aware of what you are doing and how you are using your time, the more power you will have to schedule time that is highly purposeful and intentional, and well spent, but also make room in your life for relaxing sometimes too.
This level of awareness and purposeful scheduling may seem like no fun, but in my book it’s better than actually having no fun!
To learn the specific ideas and techniques, we talked about, and get the worksheets to help you, download the webinar: Using Time Better, now.
Members: Download the webinar for free.
Non Members: You can purchase this individual webinar or podcast (links below).
Here are some additional, useful webinars related to this topic
Members get these additional webinars for free:
- Stress Productivity & Happiness
- Ruthless Priorities & Guilt
- Work More Strategically
- Making More Time
- Negotiating Priorities & Conflicts
So you might as well join and get them all for free!
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Patty Azzarello is an executive, best-selling author, speaker and CEO/Business Advisor.
She became the youngest general manager at HP at the age of 33, ran a billion dollar software business at 35 and became a CEO for the first time at 38 (all without turning into a self-centered, miserable jerk)