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#ProdChat – Keeping Commitments

#ProdChat – Keeping Commitments

On March 5, 2014, we discussed the topic of keeping commitments. Also, you can find some supporting resources about keeping commitments here: http://rsidneysmith.com/productivity/prodchat/resources. Enjoy!

Some of the tweetchat is missing…Twitter API issue? But I tried to capture most of here!

  1. Welcome to #ProdChat, the weekly #productivity conversation!  http://goo.gl/l4aNi9  | Today’s Topic: Keeping Commitments.
  2. Hi, #ProdChat friends! Michelle here. Co-host of GTD VSG and productivity enthusiast. ( http://gtdvsg.com )
  3. At the heart of #productivity are the commitments we make to ourselves and others. So, this topic is what we’re discussing on #prodchat!
  4. So, let’s start with introductions! In a tweet, introduce yourself. #prodchat
  5. @halduauthor Welcome to #prodchat, Ben! Glad to have you here. Intro yourself and get ready for Q1!
  6. Same here “@michgunn: Higher volume than usual for me for the next hour for #ProdChat. Join us to discuss Keeping Commitments. :)”
  7. I’m Ben, I blog about productivity and iPads at  http://productivitypad.blogspot.com  I love to live better! #ProdChat
  8. I’m spicing up #ProdChat tonight with 10 questions so buckle up your safety belts; questions every five minutes!
  9. I’m Jason… Engineering manager and GTD enthusiast #prodchat
  10. A1: A task or project I am going to do, that I owe a deliverable to myself or someone else. #prodchat
  11. A1: A task or project I am going to do, that I owe a deliverable to myself or someone else. #prodchat
  12. A1: A task or project I am going to do, that I owe a deliverable to myself or someone else. #prodchat
  13. A1: A task or project I am going to do, that I owe a deliverable to myself or someone else. #prodchat
  14. A1 Something that I’ve agreed to do, either for myself or to someone else. #ProdChat
  15. A1 Something that I’ve agreed to do, either for myself or to someone else. #ProdChat
  16. A1 Something that I’ve agreed to do, either for myself or to someone else. #ProdChat
  17. A1 Something that I’ve agreed to do, either for myself or to someone else. #ProdChat
  18. Patty. Events. Creator of happiness and social media advocate @FuturePOV tech&consulting firm #prodchat
  19. Q2: WHY IS KEEPING COMMITMENTS (TO YOURSELF OR OTHERS) IMPORTANT? #prodchat
  20. Q2: WHY IS KEEPING COMMITMENTS (TO YOURSELF OR OTHERS) IMPORTANT? #prodchat
  21. Q2: WHY IS KEEPING COMMITMENTS (TO YOURSELF OR OTHERS) IMPORTANT? #prodchat
  22. A2: because trust is important, even and especially with yourself. Integrity is a virtue far to lacking these days #ProdChat
  23. A2: because trust is important, even and especially with yourself. Integrity is a virtue far to lacking these days #ProdChat
  24. A2: It proves you’re dependable in business and professional scenarios. #prodchat
  25. A2: It proves you’re dependable in business and professional scenarios. #prodchat
  26. A2 I think it’s important to keep your word. If something changes, then address it, otherwise, follow through. #ProdChat
  27. A2 I think it’s important to keep your word. If something changes, then address it, otherwise, follow through. #ProdChat
  28. @Joannahertzberg A week is a long time! Life is great! It sounds like you’re well! :)) #prodchat
  29. @Joannahertzberg A week is a long time! Life is great! It sounds like you’re well! :)) #prodchat
  30. Hey there!! :) RT @IsaPinaud: Hello #prodchat … Today I’m tweeting from @apinaud‘s house :)
  31. @michgunn and do your best even when something changes to make things work the way you committed to
  32. She is actually distracting me “@IsaPiIsaPinaudlo #prodcprodchatToday I’m tweeting from @apinaapinauduse :)”
  33. She is actually distracting me “@IsaPiIsaPinaudlo #prodcprodchatToday I’m tweeting from @apinaapinauduse :)”
  34. She is actually distracting me “@IsaPiIsaPinaudlo #prodcprodchatToday I’m tweeting from @apinaapinauduse :)”
  35. A2: It’s also for my own sanity… I hate missing commitments! #prodchat
  36. A2: It’s also for my own sanity… I hate missing commitments! #prodchat
  37. yup RT @halduauthor: @michgunn and do your best even when something changes to make things work the way you committed to #ProdChat
  38. A1: Something I MUST complete because I either made a promise to myself or others…(time only relevant depending on the promise) #prodchat
  39. Isabel. Design Student. GTD. Omnifocus & Evernote :) #prodchat
  40. A3 Track them in my task management system (GTD using OmniFocus) #ProdChat
  41. A3: WRITE THEN DOWN. REVIEW AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE #ProdChat
  42. A3 Track them in my task management system (GTD using OmniFocus) #ProdChat
  43. @IsaPinaud Hey, Isa! Welcome to the States! …and of course, to #prodchat, as always!
  44. @IsaPinaud Hey, Isa! Welcome to the States! …and of course, to #prodchat, as always!
  45. A2: Because it is the only thing that will prove you can get things done & can be trusted to complete things (self-trust included) #prodchat
  46. +1 RT @apinaud: A3: WRITE THEM DOWN. REVIEW AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE #ProdChat
  47. A3: Combination of calendar and Omnifocus management. #prodchat
  48. A3: Omnifocus keeps my tasks and Evernote keeps any reference material needed for them #prodchat
  49. @rsidneysmith Hello Hello! Thanks so much! I got your hellos from the other day! #prodchat
  50. #prodchat Agreed with @apinaud, I’m pretty old school with it. Write it down in a planner. Assists from technology like calendar tools.
  51. @rsidneysmith I wish… I’m nowhere close to being in your league. #prodchat
  52. @IsaPinaud I delegated so I could keep my commitment to be here on time #prodcprodchating, you are an amazing aunt)
  53. A3: you’ve got to have them in a reliable system, i like to separate by category/context #ProdChat
  54. A3: you’ve got to have them in a reliable system, i like to separate by category/context #ProdChat
  55. Q4: WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU REALIZE (BEFOREHAND) YOU CANNOT KEEP A COMMITMENT? #prodchat
  56. Q4: WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU REALIZE (BEFOREHAND) YOU CANNOT KEEP A COMMITMENT? #prodchat
  57. A4: Apologize and renogiate. @#$! happens. People usually understand if you’re honest and it doesn’t happen too often. #prodchat
  58. A4: Apologize and renogiate. @#$! happens. People usually understand if you’re honest and it doesn’t happen too often. #prodchat
  59. A4: Apologize and renogiate. @#$! happens. People usually understand if you’re honest and it doesn’t happen too often. #prodchat
  60. A4: as hard as it is. I make a verbal phone call. Or I send a lovely text immediately. I think of their time. #prodchat
  61. By the way, are you guys really still using paper? #prodchat
  62. A4 Let the other person know, renegotiate…If it is a commitment with yourself… don’t be TOO hard on yourself #prodchat
  63. A4 Let the other person know, renegotiate…If it is a commitment with yourself… don’t be TOO hard on yourself #prodchat
  64. A4: Usually, dial the phone and beg forgiveness.I strongly dislike breaking commitments. #prodchat
  65. A4: Usually, dial the phone and beg forgiveness.I strongly dislike breaking commitments. #prodchat
  66. A4: Usually, dial the phone and beg forgiveness.I strongly dislike breaking commitments. #prodchat
  67. @lewisjasona I use digital mostly, but I do have a part of my system that is strictly paper. It is what works for me #prodchat
  68. @lewisjasona I like to keep my work/life commitments separate so I can focus
  69. @lewisjasona I do. There is something about paper when I can focus that help me. But main system is in OmniFocus #ProdChat
  70. @lewisjasona I’m still paper to capture in meetings and so forth. And then process into digital! #prodchat
  • @Joannahertzberg Hahaha. I’ve got a trail of missed commitments, believe me! #prodchat
  • @Joannahertzberg Hahaha. I’ve got a trail of missed commitments, believe me! #prodchat
  • @haldauthor Even more old school. Just a blank legal pad. Not even like Franklin Planner. “not the paper planner!” #prodchat
  • Sorry… didn’t mean there was anything wrong with paper… just seems rare these days. I must be hanging with the wrong crowd. #prodchat
  • A4: own up right away, apologize and offer a solution, realize that you are making an emotional bank account withdrawal #ProdChat
  • A4: own up right away, apologize and offer a solution, realize that you are making an emotional bank account withdrawal #ProdChat
  • A4: own up right away, apologize and offer a solution, realize that you are making an emotional bank account withdrawal #ProdChat
  • @rsidneysmith Not sure all/most can be salvaged. But regardless a sincere apology is in order. #prodchat A5
  • @rsidneysmith Not sure all/most can be salvaged. But regardless a sincere apology is in order. #prodchat A5
  • @lewisjasona hahaha. No apologies necessary. It’s a matter of how much physicality you like in your system. #prodchat
  • A5 You apologize and renegotiate… you can’t do anything else. You must apologize and try to help the other person out #prodchat
  • @LoisMarketing Yes, I think a missed commitment always begins with a sincere apology! #prodchat
  • @LoisMarketing Yes, I think a missed commitment always begins with a sincere apology! #prodchat
  • @apinaud @lewisjasona even though I don’t really like paper I still have to keep a note pad and pen around for stuff #prodchat #nextweek
  • @lewisjasona No apology necessary at all…it is a perfectly understandable question :) #prodchat
  • Agreed… in person is best. RT @LoisMarketing Apologies do not need to always be written. Sometimes those spoken are best. #prodchat
  • Agreed… in person is best. RT @LoisMarketing Apologies do not need to always be written. Sometimes those spoken are best. #prodchat
  • A5: Usually not a huge deal. Like Jason said, people typically understand as long as it isn’t habitual. #prodchat
  • A5: Usually not a huge deal. Like Jason said, people typically understand as long as it isn’t habitual. #prodchat
  • I went to a day of #RootsTech last month, here are my thoughts on how it relates to #iOS  http://ow.ly/ufe64 
  • Q6: HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH PEOPLE WHO DON’T KEEP THEIR COMMITMENTS TO YOU, OR OTHERS? #prodchat
  • Q6: HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH PEOPLE WHO DON’T KEEP THEIR COMMITMENTS TO YOU, OR OTHERS? #prodchat
  • If you’re interested in ProductivityBookGroup .org, we’re reading “The 8th Habit.” Join us on Saturday to discuss! #prodchat
  • A6 Generally, a lot of follow-up to help the ball moving forward. #ProdChat
  • Ah yes… guilty as charged. MT @LoisMarketing @lewisjasona A note can be good — but also a way to ‘escape’ #prodchat
  • Ah yes… guilty as charged. MT @LoisMarketing @lewisjasona A note can be good — but also a way to ‘escape’ #prodchat
  • A6 It also depends on the circumstance… Business or personal? Continual issue? Someone you can or can’t eliminate from your world? #ProdChat
  • A6 It also depends on the circumstance… Business or personal? Continual issue? Someone you can or can’t eliminate from your world? #ProdChat
  • @halduauthor Hahaha. What do you mean by “not stupid?” Not notice when it becomes habitual? #prodchat
  • A6: Depends on whom.
    Solicitors: ignore.
    Friends/colleagues: reschedule.
    Potential clients: beg and cry (that’s how I roll).
  • Q7: LET’S DO A SHOUT-OUT TO ALL WHO DEPEND ON YOU TO KEEP COMMITMENTS (OR VICE VERSA), AND WHY YOU KEEP THEM! #prodchat
  • Q7: LET’S DO A SHOUT-OUT TO ALL WHO DEPEND ON YOU TO KEEP COMMITMENTS (OR VICE VERSA), AND WHY YOU KEEP THEM! #prodchat
  • Well played Joanna RT @Joannahertzberg @rsidneysmith just offer to buy a #scotch and all will be fine in the world! #prodchat
  • Well played Joanna RT @Joannahertzberg @rsidneysmith just offer to buy a #scotch and all will be fine in the world! #prodchat
  • Here, here. “@Joannahertzberg just offer to buy a #scotch and all will be fine in the world!” #ProdChat
  • Here, here. “@Joannahertzberg just offer to buy a #scotch and all will be fine in the world!” #ProdChat
  • YES! RT @LoisMarketing: A key part of keeping commitments is being ON TIME for meetings and appointments. Commit to that. #prodchat
  • YES! RT @LoisMarketing: A key part of keeping commitments is being ON TIME for meetings and appointments. Commit to that. #prodchat
  • @rsidneysmith yeah you can’t let yourself be taken advantage of, and if it is causing you to default on commitments to you have to stop it
  • @LoisMarketing Teaching someone how to be a consistent producer can be rewarding also. Def depends on situation. #prodchat
  • @LoisMarketing Teaching someone how to be a consistent producer can be rewarding also. Def depends on situation. #prodchat
  • @LoisMarketing Teaching someone how to be a consistent producer can be rewarding also. Def depends on situation. #prodchat
  • @LoisMarketing Teaching someone how to be a consistent producer can be rewarding also. Def depends on situation. #prodchat
  • Amen! RT @LoisMarketing A key part of keeping commitments is being ON TIME for meetings and appointments. Commit to that. #prodchat
  • Amen! RT @LoisMarketing A key part of keeping commitments is being ON TIME for meetings and appointments. Commit to that. #prodchat
  • If you allow someone constant excuses and constant passes and constant “retries” YOU are the weak one — not them. #prodchat
  • If you allow someone constant excuses and constant passes and constant “retries” YOU are the weak one — not them. #prodchat
  • @IsaPinaud I guess you will be the one we’ll run for office :) #prodchat
  • A7 No thanks. I don’t want to commit myself like that. ;P
    #ProdChat
  • A7 No thanks. I don’t want to commit myself like that. ;P
    #ProdChat
  • A7: My family, my colleagues, my staff and my friends! #prodchat
  • @rsidneysmith Yes and the key is that they are teachable — admitting problems and committing to change #prodchat
  • @rsidneysmith Yes and the key is that they are teachable — admitting problems and committing to change #prodchat
  • @Joannahertzberg @rsidneysmith yeah except I’m a Mormon, so you know that’s not going to work out :)
  • A7: I depend on way too many people for the 140 character limit! #prodchat
  • Q8: HOW DO YOU MANAGE COMMITMENT’S DELIVERABLES THAT AREN’T WHAT’S EXPECTED? #prodchat
  • Q8: HOW DO YOU MANAGE COMMITMENT’S DELIVERABLES THAT AREN’T WHAT’S EXPECTED? #prodchat
  • Q8: HOW DO YOU MANAGE COMMITMENT’S DELIVERABLES THAT AREN’T WHAT’S EXPECTED? #prodchat
  • I depend and value everyone in my life — and want them to know they can depend on and value me :) #prodchat A7
  • I depend and value everyone in my life — and want them to know they can depend on and value me :) #prodchat A7
  • @halduauthor @rsidneysmith “Mentorship” is an entirely different level — the ultimate level of teaching in my mind #prodchat
  • @halduauthor @rsidneysmith “Mentorship” is an entirely different level — the ultimate level of teaching in my mind #prodchat
  • Nice! RT @LoisMarketing: I depend and value everyone in my life — and want them to know they can depend on and value me :) #prodchat A7
  • Nice! RT @LoisMarketing: I depend and value everyone in my life — and want them to know they can depend on and value me :) #prodchat A7
  • A8: When I can, I try to build in wiggle room (a few days) to account for modifications. Ideally, anyway. #prodchat
  • A8: When I can, I try to build in wiggle room (a few days) to account for modifications. Ideally, anyway. #prodchat
  • I promise what I know I can deliver. Begins with that. #prodchat A8
  • I promise what I know I can deliver. Begins with that. #prodchat A8
  • A8: Honestly, if I get the wrong thing on time it’s usually the result of me not setting clear expectations. #prodchat
  • A8: Honestly, if I get the wrong thing on time it’s usually the result of me not setting clear expectations. #prodchat
  • A8: Honestly, if I get the wrong thing on time it’s usually the result of me not setting clear expectations. #prodchat
  • A8: Honestly, if I get the wrong thing on time it’s usually the result of me not setting clear expectations. #prodchat
  • Q9: HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH TOO MANY COMPETING COMMITMENTS? #prodchat
  • Q9: HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH TOO MANY COMPETING COMMITMENTS? #prodchat
  • Q9: HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH TOO MANY COMPETING COMMITMENTS? #prodchat
  • Q9: HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH TOO MANY COMPETING COMMITMENTS? #prodchat
  • A1. Commitment in relation to my productivity could be a dependency where I need ppl to complete task for me to get my work done. #ProdChat
  • A1. Commitment in relation to my productivity could be a dependency where I need ppl to complete task for me to get my work done. #ProdChat
  • A1. Commitment in relation to my productivity could be a dependency where I need ppl to complete task for me to get my work done. #ProdChat
  • A8: you need to be upfront and let them know you need to reschedule for the extra work #needmyownadvice #prodchat
  • Have a good week, Patty! RT @PattyRankin: Bye. I have another commitment. For real. See you next week! Great stuff! #prodchat
  • Have a good week, Patty! RT @PattyRankin: Bye. I have another commitment. For real. See you next week! Great stuff! #prodchat
  • A2. Keeping commitments to oneself and others is important because it shows your character builds trust. #ProdChat
  • A2. Keeping commitments to oneself and others is important because it shows your character builds trust. #ProdChat
  • A2. Keeping commitments to oneself and others is important because it shows your character builds trust. #ProdChat
  • A2. Keeping commitments to oneself and others is important because it shows your character builds trust. #ProdChat
  • A9 I really try to be aware of my commitments and not double book myself. It’s important to have a clear sense of your promises #ProdChat
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