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This slide show contains a few highlights from my most recent #productivitychat.


Productivity Chat

December 16, 2012 Highlights & Key Points

Storified by Sheila Hawkins· Sun, Dec 23 2012 12:27:14

Are you struggling a bit more with the holidays to get things done? There are remedies to stop the madness. Come join me #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Step # 1 If you’re struggling with getting things done, look at your habits. Do they support you? #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
โ€œHabit is either the best of servants or the worst of masters.โ€ ~ Nathaniel Emmons #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Habits are not good or bad; they either support you or they don’t. Evaluate your habits to see if they serve you. #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Create new habits for the non supportive habits that you have now. Make sure what you creates will serve you #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Step #2 Your time management tool: what do you use and does it work well for you? If not, what doesn’t work? #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Create new habits for the non supportive habits that you have now. Make sure what you create will serve you #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Is the tool you use to manage your time paper or electronic? What don’t you like about it? #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
If there are too many things you don’t like about your time management tool it’s time for a new tool-one that fits! #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Your time management tool should be a perfect fit for your personality. Find out what tools fit yours then choose the tool #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Step # 3 Evaluate the systems you’re using in your business. Are they streamlined and do they help keep things moving? #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
What systems do you use to support your business? #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Must have systems: task/time management accounting filing contact management. Determine others you need to go with these #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Remedies to stop the madness: supportive habits, time management tool, systems that help keep you on track #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Stop cringing. Systems are simple: processes, tools, people. That’s it! Define those and create your systems. #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Do you have routines when it comes to staying productive? #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
I make it a habit to plan my day. That way, I can make every attempt to stay on task. It doesnt always happen. #productivitychatSylvia
@sylviabrowder Planning is a "must have" when it comes to weekly and daily routines #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
@sylviabrowder When we don’t plan, we stand the chance of having our days be much less productive than they could be #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
I use outlook but moving everything over to Gmail. That way I can access it from all my apple devices. #productivitychatSylvia
Outlook not so simple. You are right, planning is necessary. #productivitychatSylvia
Some prefer a more simple tool to Outlook. Goes to preference and personality. #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
@sylviabrowder Do you find your apple tools support you all the way around when it comes to staying productive? #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Well, I can point my email to go to my device but outlook sits on puter & cant access folders. #productivitychatSylvia
Yes as there are differnt apps to help with organization. Everything updates in real time. Iphone, Ipad, gmail #productivitychatSylvia
@sylviabrowder Now that makes life work! ๐Ÿ™‚ #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Time to wrap things up…check out the tips and key points in the stream to help stop the madness and get things done #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Looking for a way to get it together & start the new year off right? Take Get It Done Challenge http://bit.ly/28DayGIT #productivitychatSheila Hawkins

Productivity Chat

Productivity Chat

November 11, 2012

Storified by Sheila Hawkins · Mon, Nov 12 2012 07:20:53

It’s time to start the chat…join me & get your time management questions answered. Pick up tips to increase productivity #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
RT@ThirdEyeGrp It’s time to start the #productivitychat…join me & get your time mgmt questions answered. ~ Goodie! I have a few minutesSamirian Hill
Let me start by asking a question…What time management challenge do you have that you can’t seem to remedy? #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
My challenge is managing my to do list; I pick most important items and work my way thru list… but always so much to do! #productivitychatSylvia
@sylviabrowder Big challenge for many because there’s always so much to do. Delegate what you can #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
@sylviabrowder Prioritizing is good. Try prioritizing before u place on your list. Will keep you from adding too much #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
@sylviabrowder Also remember to relate to-do items to your goals/what’s most important. Helps cut down on # of things 2 do #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
@ThirdEyeGrp Great points, thank you #Queen of #TimeManagement #productivitychatSylvia
@sylviabrowder LOL. Thanks, Sylvia! #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
@ThirdEyeGrp @moneywisdoms @sylviabrowder Hi ladies I’m here but multi tasking as mentioned. #productivitychatGillian Stephen
@ThirdEyeGrp Are you talking short term or long term goals @sylviabrowder #productivitychatGillian Stephen
@Gillian_Stephen Really both. What you work on daily s/b related 2 them.Right now many r focused on short term/end of year #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
@Gillian_Stephen If short term, look to see what’s on tap and focus on tasks related to those goals to complete them #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
@Gillian_Stephen Work on long term goals over time, so some focus s/b placed on them weekly, monthly accordingly #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
The other day, a client asked me, "How do you determine what amount of time is reasonable for a task?" How wud u respond? #productivitychatSylvia
@sylviabrowder Good question. Start by thinking about all of the details and estimate. Over time experience will tell you #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
@sylviabrowder Log the time you spend on tasks as you work on them & that will give you a good idea 4 future estimates #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
RT @ThirdEyeGrp: Log the time you spend on tasks as you work on them & that will give you a good idea 4 future estimates #productivitychatSylvia
I will have to get the download. I have some writing to do. ๐Ÿ™‚ #productivitychatSamirian Hill
@moneywisdoms Thanks for stopping by! The chat will be up on the blog in the morning #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
So tell me ladies, do you find yourself chasing bright, shiny objects instead of staying focused? #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
@ThirdEyeGrp LOL, i’ve seen a few bright shiny objects in my days! #productivitychatSylvia
@sylviabrowder LOL, we all have for sure. They’re SO tempting and it seems so reasonable to follow them at the time #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
@ThirdEyeGrp yes and yes! Then you snap out of it and try to focus again. #productivitychatSylvia
@sylviabrowder Right, and sometimes you don’t snap out of it for a while. What kinds of things do you follow? #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
@sylviabrowder Usually it’s things that we find more appealing.I see a lot of clients follow new ideas that appeal to them #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Normally due to a client asking if I know how to do something, ex., websites; business proposals; etc. #productivitychatSylvia
@ThirdEyeGrp I suppose it’s trying to focus on too many things at once. So your tips will come in handy. #productivitychatGillian Stephen
@Gillian_Stephen Focusing on more than one thing is a big challenge. It’s about zoning in for the allotted time on one #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
@ThirdEyeGrp Slowly but surely I’m getting there, I don’t know which is worst too much or too little time #productivitychatGillian Stephen
@Gillian_Stephen Well really we always have the same amount of time each day it’s how we work it that makes the difference #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
@ThirdEyeGrp I have alot of talents so im always adding more to my list of services. #productivitychatSylvia
@sylviabrowder Always good to revisit the services you offer and "recreate" yourself. I look at that every year #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
@ThirdEyeGrp Great idea, so can we expect more from you in 2013 @sylviabrowder #productivitychatGillian Stephen
Hi let’s see if I can do #productivitychat while shopping.Chasing Joy
@Chasing_Joy Hey there!! Glad to "see" you. #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Good tip @ThirdEyeGrp @sylviabrowder #productivitychatChasing Joy
So what things are you ladies focused on to wrap up your year? What do you want to finish before it’s over? #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
@ThirdEyeGrp Im putting team together to offer ‘back office support’ for @Nawomenrise & finishing up 30 & 90 day offers #productivitychatSylvia
@sylviabrowder That sounds great! I know the biz owners @nawomenrise could use that kind of support #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
@ThirdEyeGrp me too! #productivitychatSylvia
@sylviabrowder Great! You always give your community exactly what they need and ask for #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
@ThirdEyeGrp Thank you… I truly believe so! Ive been using http://Odesk.com to find contractors. Are you familiar? #productivitychatSylvia
@ThirdEyeGrp ok, so far so good… found a few good contractors for #SEO #productivitychatSylvia
@ThirdEyeGrp Any ideas on what we should be focusing on, with regards to work as we head towards year end #productivitychatGillian Stephen
@Gillian_Stephen Take a look at what you said you wanted to accomplish this year & compare to what you’ve done… #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
@Gillian_Stephen Then look to see what you can finish (realistically) and get time in your calendar for it… #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
@Gillian_Stephen Place the things you can’t finish on your agenda for early 2013 and focus on those things in January #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
@ThirdEyeGrp Do we shift the balance to next year? #productivitychatGillian Stephen
@Gillian_Stephen Yes, focus on them early in the year to get them done and off your list. Then focus on 2013 items #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
@ThirdEyeGrp Great advice must admit been spending so much time just going without pausing for a recap. Time to fit 1 in. #productivitychatGillian Stephen
@Gillian_Stephen Focus on just 1. Choose something that’s really important to you and that you’ll feel good accomplishing #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
@ThirdEyeGrp There is one thing that if I achieve it my heart will sing with joy, so I’ll keep you posted #productivitychatGillian Stephen
@Gillian_Stephen Perfect! That’s what it’s all about too. Not worth it if your heart isn’t singing ๐Ÿ™‚ #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Now is the time to push to complete your 2012 goals/agenda items. Counting down fast to the end of the year #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Well said RT @ThirdEyeGrp: it’s the time to push to complete ur 2012 goals/agenda items. Counting down to end of the year #productivitychatGabriela
@Gabyrdarris Thank you!! #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
@Chasing_Joy What are you working on for the rest of the year? Anything you want to finish before it’s over? #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
need to start my book, kick of my new series in what brings me joy and get back to doing more personal posts #productivitychat @ThirdEyeGrpChasing Joy
@Chasing_Joy That’s a great way to wrap up the year and step into 2013! #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
@Chasing_Joy A book on finding Joy? Nice! @ThirdEyeGrp #productivitychatGillian Stephen
@Gillian_Stephen @Chasing_Joy Yes, much needed! #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
thanks. I need yo at least get an outline done soon @ThirdEyeGrp @Gillian_Stephen #productivitychatChasing Joy
@Chasing_Joy Outline is a good thing to finish before the end of the year. @Gillian_Stephen #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
@ThirdEyeGrp Enjoyed the chat, sorry I couldn’t stay long. I got a creativity burst! #productivitychatSamirian Hill
@ThirdEyeGrp Thanks! Are previous #productivitychat posted?Samirian Hill
@moneywisdoms Yes, they’re all there. Search the blog under #productivitychat and they should all come upSheila Hawkins
Okay, ladies…time to close things out ๐Ÿ™ Chatting with you all has been great as always. Any final questions? #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
@ThirdEyeGrp Great chat, thank you for inviting me Sheila. #productivitychatSylvia
@sylviabrowder Thanks for being here and for helping spread the word! #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
@Chasing_Joy @Moneywisdoms @Gillian_Stephen Thanks for the chat. Appreciate you all for chatting. Chat will be on blog #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
@ThirdEyeGrp @Chasing_Joy @Moneywisdoms @sylviabrowder. Thks ladies was fun & very informative. #productivitychatGillian Stephen
@ThirdEyeGrp Can you post the link to #productivitychat on your blog?Samirian Hill
@moneywisdoms Sure will. The entire chat will be posted on my blog in the morning. http://www.timeandspaceblog.com #productivitychatSheila Hawkins

Productivity Chat

September 9, 2012 Highlights & Key Points

Storified by Sheila Hawkins · Mon, Sep 10 2012 14:40:33

Welcome to #productivitychat! Let’s get started. You’re going to get tips & "how tos" to bring order to your day and week #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
You can apply what you get here in #productivitychat you can increase your productivity this week and stop the madness! #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
During previous chats we’ve tackled prioritization, and maximizing use of your time management tool #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
If you’re struggling with priorities, here are a few pointers to help you… #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Things that have serious negative consequences if not completed=Priority A tasks #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Things not as important as an โ€œAโ€ task w/only minor negative consequences for not completing it=Priority B #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Cโ€ tasks are nice to do not as important & have no negative consequences for not completing them. #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Other tasks fall under D=Delegate or E=eliminate. Practice & build your prioritizing muscle to support productivity #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Not many people add tasks to those last 2, but those 2 are key when it comes to productivity #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Delegate tasks that you don’t have to be the one to do to someone who can handle them. #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Don’t get caught up in the thought that "it takes time to teach them how to do that". Make the investment to teach them #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Doing so is making an investment in your time and frees you up to work on top priorities #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
When it comes to priority "E" tasks, add tasks to this category as often as possible. #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Get things off your plate that don’t belong there. If they aren’t related to your focus, they aren’t worthy of your time #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Tasks that are directly related to your goals are the things that should be on your agenda daily #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
When it comes to your time management tool, choose one that fits your personality. #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Learn all of the features of your time management tool and use all of them to support you daily #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
If something about the tool you’re using doesn’t support your productivity, you may not have the right tool. #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Final challenge: procrastination. What cost have you been paying for putting things off? #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
How much time has procrastination costs you in the past and what’s it costing you right now? Do the math. #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
If you do the math you’ll find that procrastination is costing you big time. You may find some solutions that seem to work #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Some solutions for procrastination don’t work because they don’t deal with the root cause of procrastination #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
When solutions don’t get to the root cause of procrastination, it resurfaces and you’re back to square 1 #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Procrastination is one of the biggest reasons people don’t reach their goals. What’s it keeping you from getting to? #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Procrastination is a byproduct of something that ‘s going on within you #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
To get rid of procrastination you’ve got to dig deep to reveal what’s going on inside of you to eliminate it for good #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Procrastination takes away your personal power. Eliminating its root cause gives you back your power and lets you stop #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Key points from #productivitychat: #1 know your priorities and categorize your tasks accordingly #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Key point # 2: Use a time management tool that fits your personality so that it serves you well #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Key point # 3: Know and max out the the features of your time management tool so that it supports your productivity #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Key point # 4: Understand that your procrastination is only a byproduct of something that’s going on inside of you #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Key point # 5: Getting rid of procrastination means revealing what’s going on inside of you/root cause #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
Follow these key points for challenges w/prioritization, tools you use to manage your time and procrastination #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
For addressing your procrastination, visit http://doitintimediva.com/procrastination #productivitychatSheila Hawkins
For real-time productivity solutions join the next chat on September 23rd at 3pm ET. Bring your challenges & questions #productivitychatSheila Hawkins

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