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Is it better to schedule your life?

As a time adviser, you may be asked by your clients whether or not it’s better to schedule your life. Probably the worst answer to give is a Yes or No. It will only take a few minutes for your coachee to Google the question and find lots of supporting evidence which contradicts your advice. Instead, offer them a more nuanced answer… “It depends.” That’s the essence of the advice I gave to a similar Quora question. Quora: Is it better to schedule your […]



New Podcast Series

Recently, I was invited to join a brand new series of podcasts. It features an interesting group of 4 productivity content creators who all have different perspectives. In a recent podcast, we looked at the ways we can use to get unstuck. Take a listen – I believe you will find this to be different than the usual interview format which tends to lack the depth that we get into. ProductivityCast Episode 13 – Getting Unstuck



How Do You Help Your Clients Achieve Elite Performance?

Over at the ScheduleU website, I just shared the first post in a series, based on the finding in a Linkedin study. It revealed that only 11% of professionals surveyed complete all the items on their daily To-Do List. As a trainer/coach, you may instinctively know what this translates into – a lot of failures. When a client or prospect approaches you with this problem, what is the best way for you to respond? In this opening article, I introduce […]



On Helping Your Client to Schedule Everything

Shortly after I finished Perfect Time-Based Productivity, I decided to offer the most busy, ambitious ones some special assistance. They needed to master the technique of Total Task Scheduling and there was absolutely no help available to them to fulfill this goal. Other books, blogs and podcasts came out suggesting that the approach benefits people who have a lot of tasks to manage, but there was still little real training, coaching or programs. It became a bit like the idea […]



What If Your Clients Want to Schedule Everything?

You may not be a Total Task Scheduler. But what about your clients? I have an interesting conversation with a client recently about her unwillingness to become a Total Task Scheduler. She had an interesting observation: even if she never uses the technique, she needs to offer it to her clients who decide that it’s something they want to adopt. To that end, she is part of my Beta team for a new site I am developing – ScheduleU.org. It’s […]



The Client’s Journey which Time Management Coaches Must Know

Time management coaching is no easy avocation. Part of the confusion arises because coaches, consultants, professional organizers and trainers sometimes get stuck in a single model… or in the case of the diagram on the right, at a single level. It’s an infographic lifted from an article I wrote on Medium: What Task Management App Developers Can Do to Catch Up with Pokemon Go. I invite you to take a look as it explains the behaviors users undertake as they […]



Helping Clients to Create New Habits

“Time management” has a bad rap. It’s often held up as the kind of training in which everything sounds good while the teacher is in the classroom, works for a few days and then disappears immediately after. Old behaviors re-assert themselves with a vengeance as the learner’s vision of being more productive are dashed. As a helping professional you are devastated when this happens. You are, after all, only as successful as your clients new habits. If they fail to […]



Should a Time Adviser Stay Abreast of the Latest Technology?

What are clients coming to expect from their time advisers with respect to technology? Is it changing? Getting Things Done has been widely touted and praised as a tool agnostic approach. That is, it was designed without any particular app, device, platform or medium in mind, whether it be paper, digital or personal memory-based. Many consultants, professional organizers, coaches and trainers have taken the same approach, sincerely believing that the best tool for a client is a personal choice that […]



You Are Invited – To Join a Software Beta

Recently, I took some unexpected time off and I had a bit of luck in dealing with all my time demands. I happened to be testing a new software – SkedPal – at the time and end I realized that my calendar had become a stress-free zone. Read this post where I talk all about it and act quickly on my recommendation to get in on a free lifetime license. It’s a breakthrough tool that your clients may thank you […]



Finding: Novices and Experts Want Different Kinds of Feedback

Most coaching programs make a passing reference to the fact that coachees require different kinds of feedback depending on their level of development. This makes intuitive sense. You wouldn’t give a beginner the same advice as someone who is an expert. However, that insight focuses mostly on the content of the feedback to be provided. In other words, whereas a novice requires repetition and reminders of the basics, that kind of input would be useless to someone who has more […]