Managing Stress during the Busy Holiday Season

It’s almost here: The busy holiday season. The old song may call it the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, but in reality it can be the most stressful time of year. Year-end projects, family gatherings, office parties, shopping for gifts, holiday baking, and all of that is on top of the usual demands of … Continue reading Managing Stress during the Busy Holiday Season

Be a Time Management with Outlook Superhero

Meanwhile, back at the Work Cave. . . “Holy laser printers, Workman! That deadline is approaching fast, and you are being distracted by incoming emails!” “They are coming in every couple of minutes, Bobbin! I can’t hold them off much longer. My inbox will never be empty!” “But, Workman, what about the project?” “I’m doing … Continue reading Be a Time Management with Outlook Superhero

Outlook: Add Task View below a Calendar

Being able to combine views in Outlook is part of what allows us to be more efficient in our day-to-day work life, as having enough time to get everything done seems to consistently elude us. Therefore, anything we can do with our software to aid in this process is worth exploring. Adding a task view … Continue reading Outlook: Add Task View below a Calendar

Try Chunking for a more productive work day

Pulled in too many directions?  Need more time to get everything done in a day?  Get more done in less time by using this invaluable time management technique called Chunking. For most of the US office workforce, we are bombarded each day, all day, with multiple tasks and items we have to juggle.  With the … Continue reading Try Chunking for a more productive work day

Professional Development Series

When it comes to employee development and training, many people first think of Microsoft Office applications, such as Excel, Access, Outlook, and others.  But what you may not realize is that Mission Critical Training also offers a Professional Development Series that focuses on leadership, management, and communications skills necessary for success. Our Professional Development series … Continue reading Professional Development Series

Time Management problems with email

Workers spend 41% of their time going through business e-mail and find that 20% of that e-mail is non-urgent or important. It has also been estimated that workers loose at least 1 hour per day to “e-mail interruptions.” In our Outlook Time Management class we learn a combination of Time Management and Outlook skills that … Continue reading Time Management problems with email

Email Time Management with Chunking

Most everyone could use a little more time to concentrate, but the unending barrage of emails, instant messages, tweets, Facebook updates, and other distractions can make finding that precious time very difficult. One technique for creating concentration space is chunking, or grouping similar tasks together. Chunking reduces the time needed for switching between tasks and … Continue reading Email Time Management with Chunking

Time Management Brain Dump

Choosing which demands on your time deserve your energy and redirecting yourself towards those tasks is an important time management skill. In our time management classes we recommend a tool for this called the “Brain Dump”. A Brain Dump is much like it sounds. It is a way to clean out all of the to-dos … Continue reading Time Management Brain Dump

Is it actionable?

If a task is not actionable, it will fall into one of three categories. Trash- Throw it away and be bothered with it no more. Someday- If no action is required now but something may need to be done later, then the task should be stored away from your day to day work. A someday … Continue reading Is it actionable?

Collective Time Management

Groups, just like individuals, have time management habits and skills. A group’s collective time management skills affect the members of that group in positive and negative ways. Groups with a good collective time management culture are effective in the same way that individuals with good time management skills are effective. A good time management culture encourages … Continue reading Collective Time Management