Ep 3 – Why Failures in Task Management Are Actually a Good Sign

When your task management system fails, you may feel a sense of letdown. You wanted it to work perfectly. But here you are looking at a reality you never intended. Most of us would feel some negative emotions like guilt or shame. But there’s another approach to take altogether, which is based on a new way to think about these failures. What if there were a way to be empowered, rather than defeated, that has nothing to do with positive thinking. Tune in to this episode as we solve this challenging problem together.

Unwanted symptoms, or defects:

Information overload
Email overwhelm
Lateness
Missed deadlines
Forgotten commitments
Extra weight
Strained relationships
Wake up in a panic
Physical clutter
Loss of reputation
Unbalanced work, personal, family

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Ep 2 – How Do You Manage Tasks That You Didn’t Create?

How do you manage those tasks which you can’t control? You wish you could be completely in charge but there are some which come from life/boss/spouse/kids/the government that you don’t have a choice about.

What do you do about those?

Here on this podcast, I’ll tackle this problem with Ray Sidney-Smith and we’re hoping to gain some insights and possible solutions that will be brand new…all in real time.

Definition – A time demand is an internal, individual commitment to complete an action in the future.

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Ep 1 – What is the Task Management & Time Blocking Podcast All About?

How do you take your task management and time blocking to the next level? With so many bits and pieces of advice out there, it should be easy to figure out a plan of improvement, or at least your next step.

But there’s no single place you can trust that will help you come up with your next, best improvement. Here on the podcast, we’ll help by first offering up a tricky ask management problem, then exploring a range of possible solutions…all in real time.

The point is to do more than just offer cliches or repeat stuff said elsewhere. We want to come up with something new…every time!

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Trailer – Introducing the Podcast w Francis Wade

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LiveLab 02 – Defining an Email Health Calculator

How would you define the state of your email inbox? What would it be like to have an indicator of its current condition? With it, you could decide how to intervene.

Today, most of us use a crude metric – the total number of unread messages. But is that good enough?

Here at 2Time Labs, I have always thought there should be a more refined method. But I only started to develop one by including a few lines in an overall productivity diagnostic tool.

That initial attempt was turned into a first draft, which was the trigger for me to make a call to Dr. Michael Einstein, an email expert.

Eventually, we recorded a set of conversations which were edited down to three episodes (57-59) of the 2Time Labs podcast.

These were quite challenging, involving and number or formulae, plus a slew of assumptions about email management.

Here is the first episode in the series. In each episode, I documented the progress we were making on the index in the show notes. Of course, you can just skip to the end-result but how much fun would that be?

I encourage you to leave your feedback on the episode’s page itself.

 

LiveLab 01 – Comparing Auto-Schedulers

In this first show in the new series, I invite Dr. Melanie Wilson back on the podcast to help me create a comparison between six modern auto-schedulers and to build a tool that helps people choose between currently them.

We spent several hours together and ended up speaking for several hours, edited then split into two episodes (55 and 56).

Her book – A Year of Living Productively –  was released just before the show aired.

I also took the opportunity to launch a Patreon page for anyone wishing to support 2Time Labs with a financial contribution. The reason why you may want to consider getting involved at this level can be found here.

Here’s the episode.

 

Explaining the New Podcast Format

As I explained a few months ago, I’m coming up with a new kind of podcast.

It’s so different, in fact, that I produced an episode just on this topic… by itself. In half an hour, I explain what I’m trying to do in this new series.

It consists of deep dive, multi-episode shows rather than light-weight quickies which just repeat a bunch of stuff you already know. There’s much to think over in these shows.

Here is the link to Episode #54 – Introducing a New Format – a LiveLab!

A New Kind of Podcast

I am working on something interesting that may be of interest to anyone with a deep interest in the nuances of time-based productivity.

It’s a podcast based on recordings of conversations with experts visiting 2Time Labs.

The idea is simple. Periodically, innovators, authors, and thought leaders contact me with questions that simply don’t have simplistic answers. Looking for an outside perspective, they bring problems they are trying to solve on their own to 2Time Labs with a view to forging a breakthrough.

Sometimes we are successful, producing a result that surprises us both – a case of serendipity. However, sometimes we also beat our heads against a wall…nice conversation, no result.

During a recent conversation of this nature, it struck me that listeners to my podcast may enjoy hearing some of the discussion we have. It might provide an interesting peek into the inside workings of people in this field who are innovating at the cutting edge. Even when we fail, the conversations are rich.

So far, I have conducted three such recordings and the results are fantastic.

Luckily, I picked some really smart people to start with who have deep knowledge. The conversations, which have been directed towards a single goal in each case, pulls from broad knowledge and experience in the area of time-based productivity.

It’s a far cry from the usual podcast in this genre – an interview with an author who wants to sell some stuff like books or training. As a frequent listener, I have found this format to be a bit stale as the conversation veers into predictable territory – softball questions intended to sell the product. Rarely does anything new happen, or does either person say anything that is brand new.

These new podcasts are intended to produce something new and unpredictable each time… edited down to the most interesting moments.

Hopefully, these will be launched sometime in the March December time-frame. Stay tuned.

Michael Einstein Interview

MichaelEinsteinHow do you prepare for a future in which there are not only more time demands, but fresh new channels of delivery? In this podcast from 2Time Labs, I interview Dr. Michael Einstein and develop into this question, based on his research.

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