5 ways to stop multitasking

When you ask people how do they get so much done in a day, many will proudly respond it’s because they are great multitaskers. However, research suggests this perception couldn’t be further from the truth. The truth is this: multitasking kills productivity.

Researchers continue to find that multitasking decreases your productivity by decreasing your ability to focus and increasing your stress level. Technology has added to the problem by tempting us with email, texting, social media, etc.

So why do so many of us brag about multitasking? And if multitasking is impairing our efficiency and wasting our time, what can we do about it? [Read more…]

5 simple steps to start your paper-based task list

Last week I wrote about how to CLEAR your workload so you can stay focused and accomplish your work. In that blog, I referred to using a digital task manager. Since then, I’ve had a bunch of people ask me if they can apply my CLEAR formula to their paper-based task list. The answer is, definitely.

While I’m all about using technology to work smarter, I acknowledge that sometimes you have to use the system that works for you. And for many, that means a paper task list. So, here are five simple ways to start and maintain your paper-based To-Dos.

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How my tech tools helped me CLEAR my workload

I started the week in a bit of a panic. This is a particularly busy time of year for me. Home and work life tend to collide in June. Activities are winding down for my kids, which means recitals, play-offs and competitions. Client work ramps up as people tend to want to get organized when the weather turns warm. So, last Sunday night when I looked at the week ahead, alarm bells sounded. How was I going to accompish everything I had to get done in a mere five days?

Granted, I took comfort in knowing a lot of people feel this way. I work with them every day. But that comfort didn’t make all those to-dos get done.

So I took a deep breath and started implementing my CLEAR strategy. This is a proven process I use to help my clients organize their space and manage their time.

Here’s how CLEAR worked for me.

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5 Reasons to Use a Digital Calendar for 2012

calendar on a smartphoneI was with a colleague the other day and we were setting up our next meeting. I whipped out my smartphone, she sheepishly reached into her briefcase and pulled out her paper planner. Then she whispered, “I still use a paper planner, isn’t that pathetic?” Now, she may have been embarassed because my focus is helping people use technology to work smarter. But the fact is, if you’re using a paper system that works for you, then that in itself is working smart.

But for those who are currently using a paper calendar and contemplating switching over … this blog is for you. (For those who are digital already, read on. There may be some features you didn’t know about.) [Read more…]