Everyone is busy, but some seem to get more done than others. In this course we look at 17 tips -- compiled from the experiences of Pluralsight authors -- for getting more meaningful work done. The tips cover some core principles to follow, as well as day-to-day activities that can help you take control of your schedule and leave behind the overwhelming feeling that many people experience.
Richard Seroter is the VP of Product Marketing at Pivotal, with a master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Colorado. He’s also an 11-time Microsoft MVP for cloud, an instructor for Pluralsight, the lead InfoQ.com editor for cloud computing, and author of multiple books. As Vice President at Pivotal, Richard leads product, customer, technical, and partner marketing teams. Richard maintains a regularly updated blog on topics of architecture and solution design and can be found on Twitter as @rseroter.
Establishing a Frame of Mind My name is Richard Seroter, and welcome to the second module in a course about Productivity Tips for Busy People. In the previous module we talked about foundational principles and becoming a more strategic professional who uses long range thinking in order to become more fulfilled and more focused in their work. We talked about a few tips up front. We talked about chasing your passions, making sure that you're focusing on the things that excite you and motivate you to make sure you're doing your best work. Investing in yourself, and making sure you're continuing to build up skills to keep yourself relevant and to help you later on to be more productive because you have a better foundation of knowledge. And building relationships; building up expert networks that you can tap into when you need some help. This now extends to a general frame of mind in this module as we talk about maintaining an efficient technique. How can you change so that you act strategically? So, in this module we're going to be talking about setting the frame of mind, and making decisions about how you view your job and major tasks. So, along with these guiding principles we covered in the first module, this gives you something to refer to when assessing what you should be doing with yourself.
Managing Time Effectively Hello there. I'm Richard Seroter, and thank you for watching this final module in the course about Personal Productivity. In the first module we talked about core principles and how you can kind of set up some foundational ideas, and in the last module we saw some frame of mind tips for tackling tasks or requests. We looked at a host of tips, including learning to say no, decomposing problems, checking multiple boxes when you're choosing tasks, continuously improving, and making yourself replaceable. In this module we're going to look at many of the tactical things that you can do to take back control of your calendar and work on things that really matter. So what's the value of time management as we're really focusing on in this particular module? Well, some of it, I believe, is the secret to life, is really managing your time; having time for the things you want to do without wasting time on things that you don't. It takes a conscious decision though; it's not always something that comes naturally to most people, to actually be disciplined about this. That's really what most of this course comes down to, is a certain level of discipline about how you manage your work, how you tackle your ideas, and how you kind of again set up a frame of mind. So, it's a lot about taking a strategic view and being disciplined about following it.