Strategic Decisions:
Elements of a Satisfying Life
Richard Yuretich
The Productive Environment
Scorecard™
• Adapted from Meggin
McIntosh, The Productivity
Professor™
• Complete the survey ho...
The Productive Environment
Scorecard™
• 105 -117: Congratulations! You’re a model for
the rest of us!
• 79-104: You’re on ...
Time and Task Management
•CALM
•Clear your clutter
(physical and mental)
•Admit and announce
that you can’t do it all
•Lea...
Dealing with Clutter
• Clutter is anything
that has no current
value, merit, or use.
• Clutter is clutter no
matter where ...
Dealing with Clutter
• “What is the worst
possible thing that
could happen if I get
rid of this?”
• “Can I get this
inform...
Interruptions
• Self-Interruption is the
greatest distraction
• Don’t do it now – write
it down!
• Close your door when
yo...
Managing E-mail
• Turn off the automatic
notification!
• Check e-mail a few times a
day – schedule it!
• You get less if y...
Use Time Well
• Focus on the task at
hand = mindfulness
• Take advantage of short
time periods
• Work mindfully; take a
br...
Multitasking Myths
• Human brain not
wired for it.
• Wastes more time
than gains.
• Leads to
mindlessness
• Successful peo...
Margins
• Get to the airport early: 90 minutes!
• Arrive at meetings 10 minutes ahead
of time.
• Leave spaces in your cale...
Work, Life, Tenure
• Work is an integral
part of your life, but
only part. Treat it as
such.
• Tenure is part of a
natural...
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  • Early Career 2013: Satisying Life
  • Strategic Decisions - Elements of a Satisfying Life_THU_115_yuretich

    1. 1. Strategic Decisions: Elements of a Satisfying Life Richard Yuretich
    2. 2. The Productive Environment Scorecard™ • Adapted from Meggin McIntosh, The Productivity Professor™ • Complete the survey honestly.
    3. 3. The Productive Environment Scorecard™ • 105 -117: Congratulations! You’re a model for the rest of us! • 79-104: You’re on the right track, but there’s room for improvement. • 53-78: You’re frequently stressed and have a sense that you’re not being as effective as you want to be (and need to be). • 27-52: Disaster is looming if changes are not made soon! • < 26: Get help immediately!
    4. 4. Time and Task Management •CALM •Clear your clutter (physical and mental) •Admit and announce that you can’t do it all •Learn to let go •Maximize what is most meaningful
    5. 5. Dealing with Clutter • Clutter is anything that has no current value, merit, or use. • Clutter is clutter no matter where it is. • Clutter is postponed decisions. 80-90% of paper in a file cabinet will never be accessed again (for computer files, it’s more like 99%)!
    6. 6. Dealing with Clutter • “What is the worst possible thing that could happen if I get rid of this?” • “Can I get this information somewhere else?” • Time spent on organizing will be repaid with interest.
    7. 7. Interruptions • Self-Interruption is the greatest distraction • Don’t do it now – write it down! • Close your door when you want to work in peace. • You don’t have to answer that phone or respond to that email message!
    8. 8. Managing E-mail • Turn off the automatic notification! • Check e-mail a few times a day – schedule it! • You get less if you send less. • Don’t respond to trivia. • Wait 24 hours for replying • Keep in-box EMPTY! • Use the telephone! You can often resolve issues quickly and save time!! “Never check email in the morning” by Julie Morgenstern
    9. 9. Use Time Well • Focus on the task at hand = mindfulness • Take advantage of short time periods • Work mindfully; take a break. • Schedule your thinking, planning, writing time and stick to it! • Restrict your travels for “work.” • Take a vacation and disconnect.
    10. 10. Multitasking Myths • Human brain not wired for it. • Wastes more time than gains. • Leads to mindlessness • Successful people are not multi-taskers, but those who can focus on one task for short intervals.
    11. 11. Margins • Get to the airport early: 90 minutes! • Arrive at meetings 10 minutes ahead of time. • Leave spaces in your calendar before and after events. • Build in preparation and decompression time. • Build in follow-up and clean-up time. • Always keep some time unstructured. • Work is a part of your life. How much it occupies is up to you.
    12. 12. Work, Life, Tenure • Work is an integral part of your life, but only part. Treat it as such. • Tenure is part of a natural trajectory of success. • Use plans to guide you in achieving your goals.

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