20+ years in this industry has taught me a lot. I have fortunately won more battles than I have lost. I have turned a start in the Autodesk reseller space into being a successful Technical/CAD Manager and a go-to-leader who is relied on for fixing the difficult issues. But man, oh, man time management is
“Success isn’t overnight. It’s when every day you get a little better than the day before. It all adds up.”-Dwayne Johnson
A little over a year ago I was in a misfortunate accident. When I got back to work 8-weeks later I was behind, I was tired, and I was still healing. I knew I had to do something as I was drowning under the workload. This series contains the things that I have done, and continue to do, to manage the items and activities that fall under my Technical Services umbrella.
Nothing in here is revolutionary. It has been a constant evolution and continues to change as I adapt to new technology, trends, age (getting older), and changes to our business.
Sometimes it is the little things. Take
Why would I do this? It interferes with the time when your stress hormone cortisol is peaking in your body, thus raising your stress levels. Instead of first thing, drink your first cup 2-3 hours after you start and/or an hour or two after lunch. This is when your cortisol levels are the lowest.
This series has a management bias, but things for everyone. Some suggestions may not work for you. If you can open yourself for a bit of change and try some new things, hopefully, you can find the same time-management and stress-reducing benefits that I have found.
- Don’t Fix What Ain’t Broken
- Learning to Say No!
- Picking the Right Priorities
- Inbox Zero
- Kanban and Other Task Management Tips
Before diving into this series, here is a great question to ask yourself. What causes stress in your day?
The most effective way to manage time is to practice mindfulness and be fully present in the moment. This will increase your ability to both focus and increase productivity. True time management is not about getting more things done in less time. It is about doing things with an intention for a purposeful and successful (happy) life.
At this past Autodesk University, I delivered the class CAD Management When You Do Not Have the Time. Use this as an additional reference. Although focused on CAD Management, much of what was delivered in this class became the foundation for this series.