This workshop was presented at the United Way San Diego Emerging Leaders Council on April 4, 2018.
Time is a reality that is difficult to avoid. In pop culture, writers and movie makers understand this tension as they approach "time" in unique ways. Here are some examples:
There are two important elements to manage time: mental and physical. I used an hourglass to depict this concept. An hourglass is a simple way to measure time. As sand passes through the middle, time is measured and visualized. One side of the hourglass is mental and the other side is physical. The nice thing about this analogy is that the hourglass can be flipped and "restarted".
I started the workshop with three simple questions. Here were the responses to the following questions:
What's one word to describe your relationship with time?
If you had more time, what would you do?
What gets in the way of your productivity?
People shared a variety of responses but the one that stuck out to me was in the final question of what gets in the way of productivity. The number one response was "Distractions/smartphones". This is true of where we are today. We are distracted by the very devices that are supposed to make us more productive. See resources at the bottom for books and a few apps to help with smartphone distractions.
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- Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen
- Modern Mindfulness: How to Be More Relaxed, Focused, and Kind While Living in a Fast, Digital, Always-On World by Rohan Gunatillake
- The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
- Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked by Adam Alter
- Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness
- Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington
- Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less by Alex Pang
- When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink