Enhancing Change Agility Using the Science of Timing and Focus

  • ½-day Session
  • MDV5001aCourse Code
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Course description

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 practice scheduling 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. In addition, you'll learn the importance of self-advocacy and ways to take initiative in setting clear expectations and asking for resources and support as we move into the next-new-normal of hybrid work.

What you will achieve

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

Course Objectives

  • Explain psychological and physiological impacts of adapting to change.
  • Distinguish between multitasking and "switch-tasking."
  • Infer root causes of various real-life distractions.
  • 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 (Optional)

  • Listen: "How to Stop Wasting Time and Start Wielding It" — podcast featuring Donald Miller and Dan Pink (25 min.) https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/78-daniel-pink-how-to-stop-wasting-time-and-start-wielding-it/id1092751338?i=1000399339077&mt=2

Course Outline

An Overview of Change
  • Opening Activities
  • Embracing Change
  • The Nature of Change
    • Responding to Change
    • Mindset and the Locus of Control
Dealing with Distractions
  • Workday Challenges
  • Dispelling the Myth of Multitasking
  • Interruption Science and Productivity
  • The Impact of Continuous Task Switching
  • Sharpening Your Focus
    • Minimizing Disruptions
    • Embracing Mindfulness
Finding Your Best "When"
  • Unmasking the Hidden Pattern of the Day
  • Determining Your Chronotype
  • Larks, Owls, and Third Birds
  • Structuring for Success
  • The Importance of Breakouts
  • Summary and Next Steps