Too many time management tips focus on time saving and
getting things done. So, in this Thoughtscape newsletter, we'll look
at the joy of doing things at the "right time".
For all of us, there
are special times of the day when we can be especially productive,
innovative or enjoy our work best. Here are five.
1. Prime Time
Schedule your weeks and your days to suit the work and recreation patterns
that suit you and the things you need to achieve. Ensure that the
most demanding and important things are scheduled into your "Prime Time" -
those times of the day and week when you are at your best and really able
to concentrate on delivering true value. Leave the little tasks to
the times of day when your energy dips.
2. Golden Hour
For many of us, there is a particular time of the day - maybe not every
day - when we are at absolute best. Your mind is sharp and you have
a lot of energy. Just as photographers will get up early for that
special dawn light to get the perfect shot, or wait for the magical light
of dusk, so you will create, achieve, enjoy more in your "Golden Hour".
3. Creative Time
Set aside a time in your week when you can go somewhere special to really
stimulate your creativity and foster your most innovative thinking.
Make sure you are equipped with a notepad and pen to capture your ideas,
and arrange some time shortly after so you can harness your ideas and
create some action.
4. Next Bend
Take time out regularly to sit and think. Use your "Thinking Time"
to review what is happening and what is new, so you can start to
anticipate what is coming around the next bend. For some people, a
quiet half hour on your own is not work. But really, it is the most
valuable work you can do. "Important but not Urgent" in its purest
5. Focus Time
Fifteen minutes to kill before your meeting? Go into a cafe and
clear some paperwork. A half hour train journey? Think through
a structure and key points for your forthcoming presentation. Fill
the gaps when you have nothing to do with truly valuable work or creative
thinking, and you will be amazed what you can achieve in these "Magic
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Happens! in editorial, my next book,
Brilliant Stress Control went off
to my publisher this week and I am now ready for a well-earned holiday at
the end of March. When I get home, I'll be building Brilliant Stress
Control its own website in anticipation of the launch in September.
Also when I get back
from holiday, I will start work on Brilliant Project Leadership.
This is a book I am especially looking forward to writing.
So much to do, so little time
Ross Dean has booked me to do Photo Night Live - the UK's first weekly web
TV show focused on professional photographers. The topic - how to
make time to start a business while working hard at your current job - may
well appeal to a wider audience.
Find out more, on my blog.
As I reported last month, I will be presenting at the CIPD conference and
Exhibition. This session is called "How to Understand
Resistance and Handle It Effectively". It is at 10am on 6
April at Olympia and admission to the Exhibition (and my talk) is free.
I have made a
trailer video and you can get a copy of the
Handling Resistance Pocketbook from Amazon.
My focus this
... is on writing, responding to press enquiries, and new speaking
engagements. If you know a conference organiser
who is looking for an engaging speaker with great testimonials, please do
send them to my website:
www.mikeclayton.co.uk. If you need a speaker now, just
contact me using the links below, or
the contact form on my
website. You can download my
speaker pack here.