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
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Sharing: The Secret Behind My New Book
The lay-reader may not know, but a coach may figure it out… I actually wrote my book, Perfect Time-Based Productivity, in part, to serve as a guide for time advisers (coaches, consultants, professional organizers and trainers.) Here’s what I did in a nutshell: I took the training I have been delivering to hundreds of people over 6 years and put it all in the book – everything I could think of. Also, I included more research links than anyone has […]
New: Tools Now Available for Time Advisers
I have some good news: I recently posted up a revised set of forms covering all 11 time-based productivity fundamentals. This is the first time they are being made available to the public, which of course includes all time advisers. While the general public will see them as a way to start diagnosing their skills immediately, as a time adviser I hope you see something else: an opportunity. To my knowledge, they are the first complete set of diagnostic tools […]
Clearing up a Client’s Confusion
I’m en route to the International Coaching Federation Conference in Cleveland Ohio, and just got news that my article on the ICF blog was published today. It’s for time advisers, and it stresses the need for us to be well ahead of our clients, and their powerful ability to Google up time management advice. Here’s the link to the article on the ICF blog entitled “How to Clear Up your Client’s Time Management Confusion.”