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#ProdChat – 03/16/2016 – Productivity Foundations – Time Management

On March 16, 2016, #ProdChat discussed the topic, “Productivity Foundations – Time Management” with Productivity Coach Natalie M. Houston. Watch the slideshow to see what the productivity enthusiasts on #ProdChat had to say about Productivity Foundations – Time Management. Enjoy!

Questions:

Q1: Do you usually feel you have enough time in your day? Why or why not? #prodchat

Q2: What is your biggest time management challenge? #prodchat

Q3: When are you at your best? How do you maximize your peak hours? #prodchat

Q4: What approaches to time management work well for you? #prodchat

Q5: What tools or apps help you manage your time? #prodchat

Q6: What’s one strategy or tip you’d like to try over the next week to manage your time better? #prodchat

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Raw transcript:

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nmhouston Welcome to #ProdChat, the weekly chat for productivity enthusiasts! https://t.co/5Vks07ONnO Thu Mar 17 00:00:19 +0000 2016
nmhouston Tonight on #ProdChat we’re discussing #Productivity Foundations: Time Management. Join us for solutions and support! Thu Mar 17 00:01:19 +0000 2016
nmhouston Let’s start with introductions — tell us a bit about you and your interest in #productivity! #prodchat Thu Mar 17 00:02:45 +0000 2016
nmhouston I’m Natalie, an English professor &amp; productivity coach. I help people move forward on the projects that matter most to them #prodchat Thu Mar 17 00:04:31 +0000 2016
rsidneysmith RT @nmhouston: Tonight on #ProdChat we’re discussing #Productivity Foundations: Time Management. Join us for solutions and support! Thu Mar 17 00:04:44 +0000 2016
nmhouston hey, productivity people . . . anybody there? #prodchat Thu Mar 17 00:07:30 +0000 2016
nmhouston I’ll go ahead and send out the first discussion question, #prodchat Thu Mar 17 00:08:25 +0000 2016
nmhouston As tonight’s host, I’ll post questions as Q1, Q2. Answer with A1, A2 for clarity, and don’t forget to add #prodchat to show up in the feed! Thu Mar 17 00:08:42 +0000 2016
nmhouston Q1: Do you usually feel you have enough time in your day? Why or why not? #prodchat https://t.co/4Bnf4zxCfV Thu Mar 17 00:08:51 +0000 2016
nmhouston any productivity chatters just waiting for someone else to start the conversation? or did spring fever pull everyone away? #prodchat Thu Mar 17 00:13:46 +0000 2016
RealMattEaton Sorry #prodchat I’m still on mobile but I’ll be there soon Thu Mar 17 00:13:58 +0000 2016
nmhouston @RealMattEaton hey Matt looks like so far you’re the only one! #prodchat Thu Mar 17 00:14:57 +0000 2016
RealMattEaton A1) I always feel like I don’t have enough time, though it is in my head. Pushing myself a bit too hard #prodchat https://t.co/eWUhl9MGYb Thu Mar 17 00:17:57 +0000 2016
MarisaASan A1: #ProdChat Never! There’s always more I could be doing … more sleeping, more spending time with the dog. Thu Mar 17 00:18:32 +0000 2016
MarisaASan #ProdChat A1: Between 9hrs of work with my commute, by the time I get home &amp; make dinner, there’s never enough time to do more that I want. Thu Mar 17 00:19:26 +0000 2016
nmhouston @RealMattEaton hey Matt! welcome to #prodchat! Thu Mar 17 00:19:29 +0000 2016
nmhouston @MarisaASan hi Marisa! welcome to tonight’s #prodchat! Thu Mar 17 00:19:49 +0000 2016
RealMattEaton Thank you, much appreciated! #prodchat https://t.co/WbOD8ERBZn Thu Mar 17 00:19:52 +0000 2016
RealMattEaton I know that feeling #prodchat. I’ve always found comfort in delegating or combining tasks at times https://t.co/LyZYCJWkWc Thu Mar 17 00:20:26 +0000 2016
nmhouston @RealMattEaton I think Matt’s right, telling ourselves we don’t have enough time is often a mindset, rather than reality #prodchat Thu Mar 17 00:20:32 +0000 2016
nmhouston Q2: What is your biggest time management challenge? #prodchat https://t.co/IV7cmiueeT Thu Mar 17 00:20:47 +0000 2016
RealMattEaton It is also a thing of guilt for me. Being a trauma survivor triggers stuff like that in my life. #prodchat https://t.co/RHMF8enTy7 Thu Mar 17 00:21:05 +0000 2016
RealMattEaton A2) Doing the most important thing first #prodchat Thank goodness for @todoist https://t.co/53lbMeNTIs Thu Mar 17 00:21:39 +0000 2016
MarisaASan @RealMattEaton Multitasking is supposedly bad for health and counterproductive. I try not to! Only eat while watching TV. :) #ProdChat Thu Mar 17 00:22:23 +0000 2016
MarisaASan @RealMattEaton Multitasking is supposedly bad for health and counterproductive. I try not to! Only eat while watching TV. :) #ProdChat Thu Mar 17 00:22:23 +0000 2016
MarisaASan @RealMattEaton Multitasking eating with many other things … work, phone, etc. #ProdChat Thu Mar 17 00:22:47 +0000 2016
RealMattEaton I wouldn’t say multitasking #prodchat Sometimes two tasks are actually one task. I have 4 journals I write in. https://t.co/2bFb9Z5fnq Thu Mar 17 00:23:07 +0000 2016
MarisaASan @nmhouston Hi Natalie! :) TY. I love Twitter Chats and meeting all the new amazing people I meet from them who I learn from! #ProdChat Thu Mar 17 00:23:51 +0000 2016
nmhouston @RealMattEaton Yes…all these responses get tangled up together. But we don’t have to believe all the thoughts that we think. #prodchat Thu Mar 17 00:24:11 +0000 2016
RealMattEaton Yep! She’s already used to me, so that says something! #prodchat https://t.co/t3Bn15UiMS Thu Mar 17 00:24:23 +0000 2016
RealMattEaton Sometimes it is best to understand why you feel that way and what triggered the feeling #prodchat https://t.co/TfMVSNwaxV Thu Mar 17 00:24:47 +0000 2016
nmhouston A2: my biggest time management challenge is in correctly estimating how long certain things will take …esp if they are new #prodchat Thu Mar 17 00:25:33 +0000 2016
nmhouston @MarisaASan Eating while watching TV or reading seems different from other multitasking attempts like emailing &amp; talking on phone. #prodchat Thu Mar 17 00:27:13 +0000 2016
nmhouston Q3: When are you at your best? How do you maximize your peak hours? #prodchat https://t.co/FeC5icky9J Thu Mar 17 00:27:42 +0000 2016
RealMattEaton A3) Mornings. I get up at 4 am and charge through my stuff. If I get it finished before work, I’m better #prodchat https://t.co/OWLdjerqWw Thu Mar 17 00:28:13 +0000 2016
nmhouston One of the keys to better time management is thinking about quality over quantity, managing energy not time (see Loehr &amp; Schwartz) #prodchat Thu Mar 17 00:30:12 +0000 2016
RealMattEaton Agreed. That is sometimes the most important thing. Decision Fatigue sets in too #prodchat https://t.co/tdP9P4JblY Thu Mar 17 00:31:11 +0000 2016
nmhouston A3: I’ve learned that mornings are good for creative work, but I save more analytical tasks for later in the day #prodchat Thu Mar 17 00:31:51 +0000 2016
nmhouston @RealMattEaton I was driving to the airport recently at 3:30 am and noticing what a lovely magical time it is. #prodchat Thu Mar 17 00:32:55 +0000 2016
RealMattEaton It sure is. It feels almost like cheating to get things done that early. Girlfriend hates it though lol #prodchat https://t.co/xmAJ2DHBv6 Thu Mar 17 00:33:32 +0000 2016
nmhouston Also worth thinking about your preferred time of day for different kinds of tasks, like mental, physical, errands, etc. #prodchat Thu Mar 17 00:34:17 +0000 2016
nmhouston @RealMattEaton and I like evenings too, and at some point you have to choose . . . #prodchat Thu Mar 17 00:35:06 +0000 2016
RealMattEaton Well, I always work harder than I should at my pretend job, so my evenings are shot #prodchat https://t.co/iJbqbib8So Thu Mar 17 00:35:53 +0000 2016
nmhouston Q4: What approaches to time management work well for you? #prodchat https://t.co/RwiN9faxMK Thu Mar 17 00:36:10 +0000 2016
RealMattEaton A4) Get all the information on tasks and then do a 5000 ft level view. I’m not skilled to go higher #prodchat https://t.co/d5xPwAOSMH Thu Mar 17 00:37:23 +0000 2016
MarisaASan #ProdChat Side note: If there are any productivity experts here, would love to connect for possibly interviewing in an article. Thu Mar 17 00:38:37 +0000 2016
nmhouston A4: I periodically do a time audit — log how I’m actually spending my time, so I can adjust as needed #prodchat Thu Mar 17 00:39:22 +0000 2016
RealMattEaton I am not sure I am an expert, but I consume a lot of information and put it into practice. #prodchat https://t.co/94OwY1hcBI Thu Mar 17 00:40:18 +0000 2016
nmhouston A4: And I use time maps as @JulieMorgenstrn discusses in her book — great for people with creative/flexible schedules #prodchat Thu Mar 17 00:41:34 +0000 2016
RealMattEaton Those are great. I’ve also heard about the Killer Calendar setup to make sure you aren’t overbooking #prodchat https://t.co/khRQEGFPbn Thu Mar 17 00:42:29 +0000 2016
nmhouston A4: I also use reverse calendaring — work your way backwards from end goal to plan your time — see Neil Fiore, The Now Habit #prodchat Thu Mar 17 00:44:35 +0000 2016
nmhouston @RealMattEaton what’s Killer Calendar? method or app? #prodchat Thu Mar 17 00:45:17 +0000 2016
nmhouston Q5: What tools or apps help you manage your time? #prodchat https://t.co/YRjxozzRwe Thu Mar 17 00:45:43 +0000 2016
RealMattEaton Method. An adapted version of Michael Hyatt’s calendar system but set up w/ GCal in mind #prodchat https://t.co/QAXHylZubD Thu Mar 17 00:45:58 +0000 2016
nmhouston @RealMattEaton ok, thanks, will look that up #prodchat Thu Mar 17 00:46:46 +0000 2016
RealMattEaton @nmhouston Dave Delaney. Look up Beyond the To Do List for the podcast. #prodchat Thu Mar 17 00:47:46 +0000 2016
nmhouston @RealMattEaton I use color coding in GCal for my main categories which shows me what the balance looks like #prodchat Thu Mar 17 00:48:09 +0000 2016
RealMattEaton @nmhouston He uses something like that too, but has a separate calendar for the ideal day to flip on and off #prodchat Thu Mar 17 00:48:51 +0000 2016
nmhouston A5 my favorite, always with me, time management tool is a timer with flash/vibrate settings. Use a timer for work &amp; breaks #prodchat Thu Mar 17 00:49:48 +0000 2016
nmhouston @RealMattEaton ok, sounds useful! #prodchat Thu Mar 17 00:50:06 +0000 2016
RealMattEaton A5) @todoist and some hand written sheets. Sometimes is it best to write it out first #prodchat https://t.co/nMmmYv6rR9 Thu Mar 17 00:50:52 +0000 2016
nmhouston A5: I’ve also used @toggl for tracking time #prodchat Thu Mar 17 00:51:19 +0000 2016
MarisaASan @rsidneysmith Hi, would you consider yourself a productivity expert? I got your name from your post on #ProdChat Thu Mar 17 00:51:35 +0000 2016
nmhouston @RealMattEaton and I thought I was the only one who wrote things out by hand before putting stuff in todoist! #prodchat Thu Mar 17 00:51:56 +0000 2016
RealMattEaton @nmhouston Nope! Write it down, make it happen. A great book, by the way! #prodchat Thu Mar 17 00:52:28 +0000 2016
nmhouston @RealMattEaton yes, absolutely, for goals, intentions, journaling . . . #prodchat Thu Mar 17 00:53:55 +0000 2016
nmhouston Q6: What’s one strategy or tip you’d like to try over the next week to manage your time better? #prodchat https://t.co/Df3Egn5TmH Thu Mar 17 00:54:15 +0000 2016
RealMattEaton @nmhouston I’ve consumed over 400 books in the last 5 years and that one still stands out as life changing #prodchat Thu Mar 17 00:54:19 +0000 2016
RealMattEaton A6) Stop beating myself up. Understand where the triggers are and break that cycle. Compassion #prodchat https://t.co/4qSFC8P6JJ Thu Mar 17 00:54:52 +0000 2016
nmhouston @RealMattEaton learning to be as compassionate with ourselves as we would with a beloved is a path towards so much healing #prodchat Thu Mar 17 00:56:26 +0000 2016
RealMattEaton @nmhouston Indeed. Dealing with sexual abuse trauma is hard, but compassion is even harder #prodchat Thu Mar 17 00:57:38 +0000 2016
nmhouston A6 one of the things I’ve been focusing on is saying no to more things . . . #prodchat Thu Mar 17 00:57:39 +0000 2016
RealMattEaton Good idea. Always a good thing to free up some valuable time #prodchat https://t.co/0ay2sk9tI7 Thu Mar 17 00:58:07 +0000 2016
pascalvenier A5: I find FocusTime (Mac OS and iOS) incredibly useful for Pomodoro sessions #prodchat https://t.co/Dahglub1I6 @nmhouston Thu Mar 17 00:58:42 +0000 2016
nmhouston @RealMattEaton do you know Loveability by @drrobertholden ? or his recent book coauthored with Louise Hay, Life Loves You? #prodchat Thu Mar 17 00:59:04 +0000 2016
nmhouston @pascalvenier welcome to #prodchat! thanks for the app recommendation. Any timer/pomodoro app makes such a difference! Thu Mar 17 00:59:49 +0000 2016
RealMattEaton @nmhouston @drrobertholden I have to look into it. I am consumed with Self-Hate and Compassion. Great book! #prodchat Thu Mar 17 01:00:39 +0000 2016
nmhouston Thanks @RealMattEaton @MarisaASan @pascalvenier for joining tonight’s #prodchat on time management! Thu Mar 17 01:01:04 +0000 2016
nmhouston Tomorrow @rsidneysmith will post a Storify transcript of tonight’s #prodchat — see you all next week, Wed 8 pm ET Thu Mar 17 01:02:01 +0000 2016
ALWhitbeck RT @RealMattEaton: A6) Stop beating myself up. Understand where the triggers are and break that cycle. Compassion #prodchat https://t.co/4q… Thu Mar 17 01:02:14 +0000 2016
RealMattEaton Thanks for having us. Glad I could make it! #prodchat https://t.co/DFElCWVZ10 Thu Mar 17 01:02:37 +0000 2016
prodchat RT @nmhouston: Tomorrow @rsidneysmith will post a Storify transcript of tonight’s #prodchat — see you all next week, Wed 8 pm ET Thu Mar 17 01:03:20 +0000 2016
nmhouston @toggl mentioned you as part of discussion of time management tools on productivity chat #prodchat Thu Mar 17 13:09:20 +0000 2016

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