7 Tips To Improve Your Focus And Avoid Distractions

A common problem for busy executives is interruptions and distractions. With all of the distractions we face today, it can be difficult to get any work done. Sometimes the phone just won’t stop ringing, co-workers or visitors keep popping in, and the Internet keeps taunting you with its endless offerings. But all is not lost! There are simple things you can do to tune out or completely avoid distractions and improve your focus. Here are a few of them: 1. Tame the phone If the phone is a … [Read more...]

Implementing the $25K Executive Time Management Technique

Ivy Lee's productivity technique may not be as practical in today's high-pace work environment, where distractions and multiple simultaneous projects are much more common. After all, can you really work on just one item from start to finish until you are done with it? For most executives, that's just not practical. Your executive coach can help you adapt this technique to your own situation and needs, but here's one simple adjustment that you can use to adapt this method to today's … [Read more...]

The $25K Executive Time Management Technique

In the early 1900's, management consultant Ivy Lee visited Charles Schwab, the president of the Bethlehem Steel company (it's NOT the investments Charles Schwab that you're probably thinking about :) Ivy Lee asked Schwab what it would be worth to him if he could raise the productivity of his managers by at least 20%. Schwab said that he didn't know the exact figure, but it would definitely be worth a substantial amount. Lee then said that he would teach Schwab a simple time management … [Read more...]

Executive Coaching Productivity Tip – Urgency vs. Importance

Here's another executive coaching question from a reader... Q: When do you conclude that a task is urgent and not important or important and not urgent? A: Here are some ideas to help you determine whether a task is important or not... 1) What are the benefits? What are some of the benefits that you'll receive from completing this task. The more important the benefits, the more important the task. 2) What would happen if you didn't do this task? Ask yourself what would be the … [Read more...]

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