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PostPosted: Wed Dec 29, 2010 2:25 pm    Post subject: Managing time by turning off social media & email Reply with quote

I've decided to be very ruthless in what uses my time during the working day

I figure I have 8-4 as working time when clients are around and when the kids aren't Cool
So i need to maximise the time I spend with them or calling them. Clients not kids that is
Which means restricting other distractions which can as easily be done in the evening

So my plan is
8-9 Setup for the day - assign tasks,email and reading blogs, social media
9 exit email & social media
1030-1045 Quick check of email then exit again
12-1 Lunch, social media, email & browsing the web
1 exit email & social media
3.45-4.15 check email, do admin, get ready for kids to arrive from school

This leaves over 5 hours of uninterrupted time on client projects
plus anything in the evening
I was influenced a bit by Chris Brogan's blog but I'd already decided I need discipline as I want to follow a campaign of cold calling through Q1 2011.
It's too easy for me to remain in review / research and reply mode at the expense of productive work.

Anyone else apply anything similar?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's good to have a 'task list' of all the things you want to achieve that day, with most important at the top. Then work through that list and try not to veer from it.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 12:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Problem is, what happens when you can't do something in the allotted time?

If, for instance, when you check email, there's more than you can cope with in the time available. Does this just get looked at the next time around?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got the idea from Louis Gerstner in his book about the turnaround at IBM. He said a consultant came to him offering him a way to make massive improvements, and he could pay him whatever he wanted. His idea was for each night make a list of things you need to achieve the next day in order of importance, and stick to that list. He ended up being paid several million dollars.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 03, 2011 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

paul wrote:
Problem is, what happens when you can't do something in the allotted time?

If, for instance, when you check email, there's more than you can cope with in the time available. Does this just get looked at the next time around?


yes thats how i do it
otherwise it eats up your day

and Adi is right about tasks
I've got a list to work through each day in the "productive" periods of the day - when email, social media is turned off

on 30th I managed to recreate a new version of my website on HubSpot in one day - which was a lot of intensive work. I was really pleased how much good quality stuff i got done by being more disciplined.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is an area where I could really do with improving. Perhaps I need to try writing out the 'to do' list the night before...
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

paul wrote:
This is an area where I could really do with improving. Perhaps I need to try writing out the 'to do' list the night before...


It does take a bit of discipline, and I confess to not having nailed it myself either Embarassed
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