ASTD 2013 Revisited – Taking New Ideas Out into the World

ASTD 2013 How to Stop FailingIn my prior post I mentioned the fact that recently spoke at the American Society of Training and Development’s International Conference and Exposition in Dallas. The topic of my speech, given to about 175 people, was “How to Stop Failing at Behavior Change Training.”

More importantly, I had an opportunity to bring a new idea developed here at 2Time Labs into the spotlight: when it comes to behavior change training such as time management, the traditional tendency is to try to give users long lists of new behaviors and simply give orders to get learners to follow them closely.

This approach may have worked in the past, but today it results in bored learners who quickly Google the behaviors being shared in the first hour, leaving by lunchtime once they have dug up all the contents of the list. They beat the trainer to the punch, in other words.

IMG-20130521-WA000Instead, in the presentation, I advocated the approach we use here at 2Time Labs, which starts with the assumption that the learner is an adult who can effectively tackle the challenge of developing sophisticated skills. In other words, they can learn how to craft their own upgrade to their time management skills whenever they want.

The training we deliver in MyTimeDesign Plus (online) and NewHabits (ground) are based on this goal. Having it as a the primary outcome at all times has made all the difference, as you may imagine, as new eLearning technologies have come onstream, as well as better definitions of andragogy – adult learning.

You can pick up a summary of my presentation at the ASTD Conference here – How to Stop Failing at Behavior Change Training – The Case of Time Management.



Presenting New Training Ideas at the ASTD Annual Conference

Last week at the ASTD Conference I presented a number of ideas developed from the work we do here at 2Time Labs in time management. If you are a training administrator or corporate trainer, you may be interested checking out the ideas I shared on the topic of time management training and how to use what we have learned to develop and deliver better behavior change training.

Also, the additional resources I promised to share at the conference can be found here.

The Obstacles in My Book

In my book, I threw a number of obstacles in the way of the protagonist, Bill. They were all realistic, and reflect the work I have done with clients over the years.

Many contemporary problems are made worse by abuses of technology – as you’ll see from reading the book.

My prior post describes the character of Bill, the start of the “story.” His discoveries in time management are the main driver of the book – for more about him, click here for a Youtube video.

Time Management Traps Where Women Struggle Most

This guest post was generously contributed by the dynamic team of Valerie McDougall & Jayne Jennings of Pink Shoe and Time Management

jugglingwomanlowresDo women suffer more time management grief than men?

Our research shows this can often be the case. Some put it down to the wiring of our brains but cultural issues play a huge part, too.

Here we’ll deal with two common issues and discuss why women need to be particularly wary of them and what they can do about them.

Gender Trap #1

First, is that bane of today’s world: multitasking!

We hope we hear you agreeing that multitasking is to be avoided.

Trouble is, evidence shows that too many of us feel we’re not ‘achieving’ if we aren’t doing at least three things at once!

You’ll have seen women supposedly having a coffee break, or lunch while talking on the phone and putting on their make-up or checking email at the same time. And now there is the phenomenon of ‘dual screeners’ particularly amongst teenagers and young adults.

They engage in a TV show at the same time as texting and checking emails on their phone or tablet.

Many studies show that multitasking may feel as if you’re getting things done but it’s inefficient, can actually cost you far more time and is bad for memory retention and for optimum outcomes.

Our more gender-specific problem stems from women being generally better at multitasking than men. Research says it’s because our brains are more symmetrical than males.

Think of the evolution of our species. Our brain wiring grew from the time when men had to focus on hunting—needing concentration on one thing—while women kept an eye on the children, the fire going while chatting and often making something with their hands plus as the gatherers, had to be on the lookout for food.

However, as the world has made multitasking more of a virtue, we’ve tried to use our skills in ways never intended—for tasks that really need our full attention to do them properly. Men tend to be able to focus on one thing far more easily.

Multitasking not only lowers our ability to do the given jobs to their best but can elevate the feeling of being overwhelmed—a great producer of stress.

When you come to terms with the value of ‘being in the moment’—which in this case, means giving any one task its due focus—you do justice to your abilities. You can shine.
It means prioritising your tasks and using your calendar in the smartest way to set specific times for those tasks. Whether you’re a man or a woman!

Gender Trap #2

The second alarm-ringer for us is that women are more likely to be the ‘go-to’ people for others and because of this can struggle with their time management. You know the ones: they’re quick and able, willing helpers but awful at saying no!

To go back a step, we identified these gender traps after developing our breakthrough approach to time management.

Through our research we realised—just like Francis in his work at 2Time Labs–that one-size doesn’t fit all when it comes to time management.

We then developed a system so that people could identify their own time personality—or as we call them—their Time Management Style. We also developed a clever Profiler, backed by an algorithm, to help you identify your Time Style in an objective way.
We identified five main Time Styles (plus many variations) and we give them names for fun and helpful identification.

The first Gender Trap of multitasking particularly affects those we call Juggling Julie or Juggling James. They’re creative and accomplished but let themselves down—or stress themselves out—by letting their ‘juggling’ abilities get out of hand.

This second Gender Trap of struggling to say no particularly hampers Helpful Helen or Helpful Harry.

They’re willing helpers and can be great teachers. But because of their reluctance to say no, they often find themselves getting bitter and put-upon when they help others so much that their own work suffers.

The nurturing roles of most females can emphasise Helpful Helen tendencies so they have to be particularly aware of this to start changing.

If you find yourself taking on too much of other people’s issues and tasks, reconsider your position. Start learning to say no to small things—practice with a script, if you need. Find other ways to help—suggest to them that you guide them while they do it themselves. Often, they can do it anyway, they just know you’re an easy way for them to save their own time!

Both these Time Styles have splendid strengths, too. Knowing your Time Style will give you faster insight into how you can use your strengths, deal with your challenges—including how you sabotage your time—so you can use your time effectively using strategies suited to you.

We’ve helped men and women throughout the world identify their challenges and strategies to improve their strengths. Start with the Profiler—it takes only about 15 minutes—but delivers on-going ‘a-ha’ moments so you can make the most of your time.
Women should go to and do the Profiler. Men, please shoot us an email as we have a special link for you!
Valerie McDougall & Jayne Jennings are the authors of Pink Shoe Power: What your Time Management Style means for your success in business and life. They help businesses and individuals make the most of their lives by working with their own ‘time personality’.