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Time Management Tips 12/04/11

Here’s the latest round of time management and productivity news and advice from around the Web.

Do you have a passion project that never gets enough of your time? Laura Vanderkam at BNET has a new interview with writer Jael McHenry discussing how she was able to complete a novel while also working a 40-50 hour workweek.

The Business and Technology section of The Seattle Times has an interesting piece on how using multiple computer monitors can drastically increase your efficiency, with a software recommendation that lets you use an iPad as a second monitor.

Golf Course Industry Magazine has an excellent series of tips for dealing with workplace interruptions in any line of work and making sure they don’t dominate your productive time.

The Working Moms guide at About.com offers a quick round of resources and tips for becoming more productive in the workplace and at home.

Do your most important work projects rely on input from multiple members of a team? PCWorld magazine provides a review of Cohuman software meant to streamline the flow of organized tasks from one person to another.

Personal information mapping may provide an innovative and effective way to prioritize and remember what you have to do and when you need to do it, according to this piece in Australia’s CIO Magazine.

Investor Today reports on a recent study that reveals the challenges faced by British workers in prioritizing their work and and family responsibilities. Just over half of all respondents claimed they do not spend enough time on their personal lives.

STL Today has a piece asking Americans to rate the time management skills of their Congressional representatives, with some interesting statistics on how politicians choose to spend their time.

And Whitson Gordon at Lifehacker has some helpful advice for distinguishing between idle time and leisure time for getting the most out of your day.




Finding the Time for Failure

If you’re interested in time management, you probably find yourself driven toward perfection, or at the very least, success. And how we measure success within the results-driven workplace often leaves little room failure or mistakes.

But as multi-millionaire inventor and businessman James Dyson points out in a recent guest column at Wired magazine, individual failures are the keys to increasing your overall productivity and success. He has a point.


Stop Comparing Your Level of Productivity to Others

It’s always good to a hear success story from time to time, especially when there is advice included. But as writer Adam Dachis points out in a new article at Lifehacker, it’s absolutely essential that you don’t get stuck endlessly comparing your own productivity to that of others, especially if you’re basing your comparison on something you’ve seen online.

And there are plenty of good reasons for this.


Time Management Tips 03/04/11

Another week brings another round of time management and productivity tips from across the web:

Forbes Magazine has an interesting piece using actor James Franco’s widely panned Oscar performance as an example of the dangers of multi-tasking.

If you’re a repeat business traveler, Margaret Heffernan at BNET has 5 tips for making your flight more productive.

Writer James Butler at FreshBusinessThinking.com has some advice for finding the time and energy to focus on an important task or plan when you’re perpetually busy.

It’s essential for parents to teach their teenagers time management skills to prepare them for the real world, says Cheryl R. Carter in Home Educator’s Family Times. She offers a number tips in the parenting piece.

Lifehacker Australia has advice on how you can wisely use an extra, older computer to increase your productivity and regain focus on your primary machine.

Don’t get distracted by your tools! Blogger Tim Berry at Business Insider offers a helpful reminder that constantly changing browsers and plugins in the name of productivity can quickly become an excuse for procrastination.

Anna Tims in The Guardian has a helpful round of time management tips for finding focus and added productivity in the workplace.

This Boomer Talk column in The Newbury Port Daily News provides strategies for finding a balance when juggling personal priorities and stress as you grow older.

And of course, sometimes you just need to simplify. Margalit Ward has tips for setting priorities and making time for a better life in her article at The Huffington Post.



Crisis Management: How to Protect Your Work from Your Personal Life

You can never anticipate the unexpected. After all, that’s what makes it unexpected. Whether it’s the sudden passing of a love one, a hidden health issue that rears its head, or any sort of accident or surprise that takes away your ability to operate as normal, your productivity always takes a hit.

Some people suffer along in silence, while colleagues and coworkers may notice the performance drop. To avoid this troublesome scenario, some people think about quitting their jobs entirely to focus on the problem. With some of the curveball-management advice in a recent column on Forbes, you can probably avoid either one of these undesirable outcomes and make it through.

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Dr. Rob Rawson is a medical doctor, internet entrepreneur and a time management expert. He is currently traveling around the world whilst managing a business with 45 staff.

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