Fix Your Time Management Problem in 15 Minutes

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Posted April 14, 2013 by Marcy Twete in Features
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Leadership coach and productivity expert Jason Womack recently blew my mind with this video on Inc. called “How 15 Minutes Can Fix Your Time Management.

What’s the theory?

Your day is actually comprised of 96 sections of 15 minutes of time. What would happen if you learned to harness that 15 minutes of time?

How did Jason come up with this theory?

Jason tells the story of dealing with a colleague who was 15 minutes late for a meeting. Rather than sitting idle in the waiting room or spending 15 minutes surfing the web on his phone, he took out his phone and a pad of paper and asked himself, “How many things can I move forward in this 15 minutes?”

How can you find your 15 minute strategy?

Jason asks us all in the video to get out a piece of paper and a pen and write at the top of the page “What I would do if I had 15 minutes.” Then, list all the things you would accomplish. Keep that list, and use some of your 96 sections this week to get those things DONE!

 


About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is the author of "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works" and a career expert who believes in order to be empowered in your career, you must be surrounded with resources and a network that both supports and challenges you. Marcy began her own networking journey as a professional fundraiser in the nonprofit industry, honed those skills as a fundraising consultant, and in 2012 networked her way to nearly 1 million readers as the CEO of the professional development website Career Girl Network.

3 Comments


  1.  

    Great recommendation. My colleague, Dr. Alison Miller, also uses a similar technique in her dissertation coaching of PhD graduate students. She refers to it as the tomato technique – and breaks tasks down in 15 minute segments.

    It’s very powerful and helps you get started and keep focused when you might be feeling overwhelmed or even stuck.





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