Friday, July 24, 2009


This might sound like “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em,” but practice using those small pieces of time—seven or eight minutes—differently. Try really focusing on one task for those short minutes rather than snarfing up some surface information or hurried task. Just stop! It’s only for seven or eight minutes. Focused people can find those short sprints of time productive, satisfying, and even relaxing if there is a calm focus rather than frenetic effort.


This issue’s trend can usher in chronic fatigue syndrome with a first reading of Lance Winslow commentary on the speed of our lives and the possible “dumbing down” of our culture. Observe the number of Dummie titles out there---nearly 2000.

Most people now read or skim thru the newspaper in under 8 minutes and the TV News segments are down to 4-minutes between commercials, but did anyone notice? Most people are reading their daily industry news online, on their cell phones between meetings or at any free moment, once again scanning the headlines.

The latest trends in 2008 and 2009 are things we may have never considered a couple of years ago. Now folks are micro-blogging to save time. Folks are now book marking articles or websites on the internet that they will never read, scanning thru their emails 100s of them each day deleting half to two-thirds of them. The average citizen no longer has time to read a book, if they cannot get the information in 4-5 minutes with a nice bulleted presentation, see ya!

One has to ask if these noticeable trends are helping or hurting society or civilization, but with all this Data Smog it does not look good. This is getting to be a time management crisis and we are going to have to do something to slow down humanity so they can smell the new holographic 3-D roses on their high-definition, surround-a-sound living room TV that was searched and found on Google in .002456 seconds.

What is your answer to Winslow’s question: "One has to ask if these noticeable trends are helping or hurting society or civilization?"

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Hello & Welcome!

How could a time management consultant interested in trends and professing about corresponding tips not join the Blogosphere? I must admit the jury is not in yet on whether blogging produces a consistent and significant return on your investment of time, but there is merit in broadening the base of practical knowledge among participants.

My intention is to present you with research, trends, best practices and sage advice that can affect your productivity and satisfaction personally and professionally. You will get those "quick tips" we all love as well as thought-provoking research findings that harbinger challenges to your future use of time and the ability to manage your focus.

I invite you to join the conversation.