Introducing the Soft Skill of Time & Distraction Management

This episode of Soft Skills 101 is going to introduce the Soft Skill of Time and Distraction Management. This is an important Soft Skill to teach our kids!This episode of Soft Skills 101 is going to introduce the Soft Skill of Time and Distraction Management. This is such an important Soft Skill to learn well and to teach our kids! Each of us is entrusted with a specific amount of time on this earth and learning to steward it well allows us to fulfill the good work the Lord has for us to do!

So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12

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Time & Distraction Management

This episode is going to be a quick over view of two great time management systems: Stephen Covey and the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and David Allen and Getting Things Done. Covey starts with the big picture of vision, which he then breaks down into Mission and Goals, Allen starts with the details, inventorying all of the pieces and builds from there. Both offer value as we learn to manage our time and resources effectively!

7 Habits of Highly Effective People

  1. Be Proactive.
  2. Begin With the End in Mind
  3. Put First Things First.
  4. Think Win-Win.
  5. Seek First to Understand, then to be Understood.
  6. Synergy
  7. Sharpen the Saw

A vision statement focuses on tomorrow and what an organization or family or person wants to ultimately become.

A mission statement focuses on today and what an organization does to achieve it the BIG picture

Goals-are the small, incremental steps to achieve the mission and should be SMART

5 Key Aspects of Getting things done

  1. Capture – what has your attention. Your brain is for having ideas, not storing them. You must “capture” what has your attention and store it somewhere besides your mind.
  2. Clarify – process what it means.
  3. Organize – identify what everything is, and put it in the appropriate container.
      • Trash
      • The 2 Minute Rule
      • File it
  4. Reflect – Review and asses regularly
  5. Engage – IF you’ve set up your system correctly pull up your list and execute the plan.

“Anxiety,” claims David Allen in Getting Things Done, “is caused by a lack of control, organization, preparation, and action.”

On the next show we’ll talk about how to manage distractions!

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