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Task Management & Time Blocking Podcast

Francis Wade/Framework Consulting Inc.

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You: A productivity enthusiast who manages an above-average number of tasks. You don’t mean to stand out, but you’re a bit different than most people...more creative, more driven and a bit more geeky. When you see an opportunity to improve your task management or time blocking you want to change _something_ to make it better...but what? Tune into the next episode of this podcast and get some answers. Make steady improvements in the way you handle your taskload. Cut errors and mistakes. After ...
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You are in charge of implementing your company’s new strategic plan. It includes some brilliant new ideas which should shake up your industry, and even introduce the world to a new category of products and services. But you are a bit wary because prior strategic plans barely made it off the PowerPoint pages. They weren’t implemented due to a common…
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You’re someone who launches personal projects to improve your task management. You have made a number of changes in the past, but you haven’t seen the impact you wanted from each effort. Is there something going on that you cannot see? Are some changes more fruitful than others? After all, you know a thing or two about systemic change: that seeming…
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You are a productivity enthusiast who has been around task management for a while. Over the years, you have made lots of useful improvements and can say that you have made tangible progress. However, it’s been some time since you felt that *before* and *after* feeling… where you had a productivity problem, found a solution, implemented it and saw p…
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You have been listening to this podcast for a few episodes. You have taken note of the format, which is different. We don’t do traditional interviews, but instead we do problem solving sessions inviting some of the brightest minds in the world to tackle emerging issues. But what is it like to host such a series? Have I learned anything from being t…
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Your company has come up with a bright idea. From now on, the announcement states, everyone will share the same task management software. It’s sold as a win-win for everyone. But you quickly realize that this is a problem. Your favorite task management software will now be a side-show as you are forced to change your practices. Gone are some things…
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Almost everyone who time-blocks manually for enough time, starts to wonder what it would be like to automate some of the overheard. Wouldn’t it be nice to click a button and see everything instantly assigned to an optimal time slot in their calendar? But does such software even exist? The good news is that it does and in this conversation with Dr M…
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Are you someone who works really long hours, not because you are forced to maybe…you could really love what you’re doing! But you have an inkling that maybe if you put those hard work hours elsewhere, perhaps it could actually benefit your entire life…including the quality of work you’re doing. If this resonates with you at all, join me and Jason V…
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So you made lots of progress in your task management in the past - you are no beginner. You probably read some books and followed some sound ideas and found yourself getting more effect, and more productive, and making fewer errors. But lately…you feel as if you have stalled. You’re no longer growing in leaps and bounds the way you used to, and you…
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You’re someone who launches personal projects to improve your task management. You have made a number of changes in the past, but you haven’t seen the impact you wanted from each effort. Is there something going on that you cannot see? Are some changes more fruitful than others? After all, you know a thing or two about systemic change: that seeming…
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You are a productivity enthusiast, someone who loves to grow and learn in the area of your task management. You are aware of most of the gurus out there - the inventors of practices like GTD, apps like Todoist and devices like the Bullet Journal. You also have realized at some point - maybe a long time ago, or just as you are listening to this epis…
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Like most people who do knowledge work, there is a surplus of tasks waiting for you to complete everywhere you look. Your inboxes, todo lists, and task management software are full to the brim. You want to be on top, free of overwhelm… but there seems to be no way out. Have you created a problem for yourself by writing down all your unfinished task…
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So you’re a creative person and getting into the Flow State is the key to your success. Like Michaelangelo or Leonardo, you use focused high energy times to do your best work. And you love it. BUT… you have a Tik Tok account and the people you’re following are a growing distraction…and you can’t help yourself…you just want to take a peek…and anothe…
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You’re a productivity AND technology enthusiast which means that you are managing lots of inboxes. Each time you sign up for a new one, they give you another. But is that a good thing? Or just another loose end you need to account for in your weekly review? If it’s the latter, then why? In this episode we tackle the problem of Capture Points - phys…
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So you’re a career person who has a family…..AND you want to return to school. But in your mind you can’t see how to reconcile the image you have of student life with your current obligations. After all, you have a job, a family, a commitment to your wellbeing, a spiritual life, friends, you belong to a community…all these things are not on the typ…
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You have noticed that as you make more promises to people to get things done, the risk of not delivering goes up. Sometimes, the fact that you made the commitment falls through the cracks…as if it were never made. Over time, this reduces your effectiveness and your reputation for getting things done. People start to avoid you, seeking out others wh…
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When it comes to task management, you know that one size doesn’t fit all. AND You are someone who has increased your workflow over the years - more tasks than ever, and a future of more task management, not less. At the moment your current approach works BUT…you suspect that it may run into problems as you add that project/child/hobby/elder-care/sp…
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Like everyone else who does knowledge work, you receive a lot of emails - more than you’d like. You have harbored dreams of a world in which you could escape this hated chore, but over here in reality, there seems to be no way to alleviate the pain. Or is there? Some people suggest that you simply ignore most of your email. Others say that you need…
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COVID disrupted many of our regular routines, some of which have not recovered. In particular, if you work from home, you may notice that seeing the same people every day and working in the same space is quite convenient. But it’s also predictable - in the bad way. Many of us have lost a certain thrill that comes from being in close proximity to ot…
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You have tried using contexts for your tasks in the past, perhaps following the advice of GTD. The idea was a sound one, and made a positive contribution. But as time went on, the technique seemed to lose its potency. The question is “Why?” And did this experience imply that you needed to stop using them altogether? This may not make sense, because…
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If you're interested in using online calendars you may have seen ads for the auto-scheduler called Motion. You have probably wondered what it might be like to use it, but you don’t have the time or bandwidth for a proper test. In this episode with Dr. Melanie Wilson we share the results of our actual firsthand tests for you. We both have spent year…
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You want to make improvements to your system of task management. You want to intervene at just the right place to have a positive overall effect, but you don’t know where to start. You already understand that you use a system to manage your tasks from the moments of creation to the point where they are completed. Some people say that making changes…
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You’re a time blocker to some degree. This means you put tasks in your calendar…Not just appointments with people which can’t easily be changed, but solo time you commit to doing a particular task. In other words, you make a promise to yourself that non-one else knows about to do something at a particular time and place. It’s an easy concept to exp…
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You use lots of apps on a range of devices. Many of them have built-in notifications which are jostling for your attention. But if you leave them all on, you end up with a mess - a cacophony of alerts which do more bad than good. What do you really want? To orchestrate them somehow into a perfect symphony that interrupts you at just the right momen…
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You are someone who time blocks. A quick glance at your calendar would show that you have put some thought into each day’s plan. But what happens when you get to the end of the year and realize that you haven’t accomplished your most important goals? For example, some gurus at marriagebuilders.com recommend that you spend 15 hours per week in solo …
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You are someone who loves to focus on what is important in the moment. In fact, there may be few things more cherished than being in the Flow state, getting your best work done. When it’s happening, time flies by and sometimes you feel euphoric. But too much of a good thing is never good, and if you have ever missed a mid-day meal because you were …
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Have you ever wondered whether or not you're a time optimist? So you're someone who uses time blocking as a regular technique... You put tasks in your calendar so that you can make realistic commitments. But do you still run into the problem of time optimism, where you're allocating time, and things take far longer than you thought? This creates a …
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You are a productivity enthusiast who wants to experience one improvement after another. This kind of progress is sweeet. Like dominoes falling. Or climbing from one level to the next in a challenging video game. But once you know the problem you want to fix, it's hard to find simple solutions. The proof? Just check out someone asking for help in a…
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As a productivity enthusiast, you are hooked on making improvements. For any number of reasons, you are intrigued by the idea of making progress by continually shaping your behaviors, apps and devices. For that reason you pay attention to advertisements and read articles. But how in the world do you make sense of the hundreds of suggestions made to…
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So...you are thinking about registering for the Task Management & Time Blocking Virtual Summit, or maybe you have already registered. You want to make the most of the learning experience, like any growth opportunity you life presents you. But you want to make sure you choose wisely. There is more to do, videos to watch, people to meet - than you ca…
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There are hundreds of small ways you can improve your task management - just do a Google search. To be efficient, we want to focus our efforts on those changes which make the biggest difference, so we don’t waste time, energy and money. But how do we determine which changes are more important than others? What if we view our task management as a sy…
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When you only had a small list of tasks it was easy to make improvements. You took your productivity in this area seriously, and you made some good changes. You expected to continue in the same vein indefinitely. However, as you moved to the next level, and the next, it seemed to become harder to keep up the same pace of improvements. In fact, you …
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How do you stay productive when you work for a company that puts in place a policy which changes the way you manage your tasks? You want to be as effective as possible, but if they restrict access to the task management tools you prefer, you need some strategies to prevent unwanted mistakes from happening. Tune into this episode of the Task Managem…
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What do problems in your task management indicate? When your task management system fails, you may feel a sense of letdown. You wanted it to work perfectly. But here you are looking at a reality you never intended. Most of us would feel some negative emotions like guilt or shame. But there's another approach to take altogether, which is based on a …
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How do you manage those tasks which you can't control? You wish you could be completely in charge but there are some which come from life/boss/spouse/kids/the government that you don't have a choice about. What do you do about those? Here on this podcast, I'll tackle this problem with Ray Sidney Smith and we're hoping to gain some insights and poss…
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How do you take your task management and time blocking to the next level? With so many bits and pieces of advice out there, it should be easy to figure out a plan of improvement, or at least your next step. But there's no single place you can trust that will help you come up with your next, best improvement. Here on the podcast, we'll help by first…
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