You’ll learn the reasons why people manage their tasks the way they do, according to academic research. This information will help you understand how you you developed your task management skills over time and why. You’ll never under-estimate your power to make similar changes in the future.
Gone will be the notion that there is a single combination of habits, practices, apps and devices that suits everyone. Instead, you’ll see that your chosen blend only needs to fit your current task volume at any moment in time. With this knowledge, you can relax without worrying that you aren’t optimizing your system or might be doing something “wrong”.
You’ll complete the book with an in-depth, 13-point self-evaluation of your current setup of behaviors and technologies. This knowledge will help you appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of the system you have developed and currently use. This deep appreciation is key to making improvement. All this means that you won’t waste time comparing your setup with someone else’s.
You’ll learn how to craft a plan based on slow, but steady improvements. When you take these baby-steps you’ll expand the capacity of your current system, so you can handle more tasks. You’ll prepare yourself for an inevitable future of increased demands on your time and never be unprepared for a major uptick in your commitments, obligations or ambitions.
We know that habits, practices and routines don’t change immediately. The best change plans have lots of support and you’ll create your own set safeguards so that your personal transformation doesn’t fail or fall into disuse.
From the onset, you’ll be invited to join an online community and attend the Task Management and and Time Blocking Virtual Summit. You won’t be alone in learning this new way of thinking and applying it to your life.
Many books on time management just focus on a simple process that will supposedly make everything better — just follow these steps and you change years of ingrained habits! Well, it turns out that people are much more complicated than that. Francis…focuses on the core behaviors and lays out a process for working towards these behaviors. His rubrics allow you to see and measure progress as you develop new and crucial time management habits. I haven’t seen this kind of thoughtful road map anywhere else.
Author, Design for How People Learn
Francis Wade is one of the few productivity experts out there who “gets it.” His compelling, insightful, and actionable book provides a unique set of productivity-oriented skills that can be assessed, developed, and customized to meet the unique needs of the individual.
These skills are supported by a very comprehensive list of academic resources, empirical research, thousands of hours of training experience and helpful anecdotes.
He also explain why much of the “time management” advice…fails to achieve its desired results.
“The second edition was written to bring readers up to date: shortly after the first edition was published, I adopted an auto-scheduler – SkedPal – which dramatically improved my task management.” by Francis Wade