There’s a good reason why I chose to make my first time management book a fable or story, rather than the usual list of stuff you should be doing but aren’t.
This has implications for how you coach or train your clients in time management strategies, given the research that’s been done on the effectiveness of using stories when teaching adults. Of course, you should develop your own stories by using your own first-person examples of what you have done, and are doing, to develop effective time management skills.
As a time adviser – a coach, consultant, trainer or professional organizer – it’s important that you use sophisticated and useful concepts that training and development experts routinely employ in their work.
One such idea is metacognition, which I use in this article written for the ASTD Learning and Development blog. The article is entitled Leaders of Time Management Need to be Taught Metacognitive Skills.
One of the most powerful ideas that’s been around for some time is that of maintaining the minimum number of time demands in various Inbox, both physical and electronic. It’s a result that almost all our clients say they want.
However, the point is not to actually get or keep the Inbox empty, but instead to maintain the right philosophy, according to Merlin Mann, one of the early proponents of the idea. Check out his latest article – it will help you deal with clients who take things literally and can’t see past the wording of the goal.
On Chasing the Right “Zero”
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Anyone you can think of with a computer, laptop, smartphone, tablet or Kindle. So grab a copy but don’t stop there.