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Management and Leadership

Increase Your Energy and Productivity Using the Science of Timing and Focus

  • Traditional Classroom: 1-day
  • Virtual Instructor-led: Two 3-3.5 hour sessions; Three 2-hour sessions

Do you find yourself distracted throughout the workday, quickly hitting the point of diminishing returns with mental clarity? Do you end your days drained of energy, or full of life? In this attention economy we inhabit, the ability to maintain focus and concentration is every bit as important as technical or management skills.

In this highly interactive session, you will discover why single-tasking during your hours of peak productivity is more effective than “multitasking” throughout the day. (You will also learn that human beings don’t multitask.) After identifying your chronotype, you’ll learn how to schedule your day to match tasks to the fluctuating pattern of energy and focus. You will explore mindfulness techniques as well as various tactics to minimize distractions and optimize your attention and mental clarity. Finally, you will learn that productivity is not about how much we produce, but how much we accomplish.

Target Audience

Individuals who will benefit from this course include anyone who wants to increase their time management skills.

Learning Objectives

  • Distinguish between multitasking and “switch-tasking.”
  • Infer root causes of various real-life distractions.
  • Explain psychological and physiological impacts of repeated switch-tasking.
  • Identify concrete ways to mitigate internal and external disruptions.
  • Utilize mindfulness techniques to strengthen focus.
  • Leverage a scientific model to determine your hours of peak productivity.
  • Structure your day to best exploit your fluctuating energy levels.

Pre-Course Work

Course Outline

Dealing with Distractions
  • Opening Activities
  • Your Typical Work Day
  • Dispelling the Myth of Multitasking
  • Interruption Science and Productivity
  • The Varied Costs of Disruption
  • Sharpening Your Focus
    • Minimizing Disruptions
    • Embracing Mindfulness
  • Foundational Strategy Models
Finding Your Best “When”
  • Unmasking the Hidden Pattern of the Day
  • Determining Your Chronotype
  • Larks, Owls, and Third Birds
  • Timing Is Everything: Structuring for Success
  • Vigilance and Restorative Breaks

MDV5001 Course Code

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