Be more effective
As you’ve become more senior, you’ve probably noticed you spend proportionally more of your time in meetings. This can be a huge time drain and puts pressure on what you can achieve by when. Managing your personal effectiveness encompasses time management, dealing with distractions and improving assertiveness skills.
Time management skills are well worth refreshing, particularly as recent advances in neuroscience can tell us so much more about the best way to get the best from our brains. Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin has recently debunked the notion of multi-tasking for example. He advises focused attention on specific tasks for short periods to ensure success. Peter Bregman, a renowned leadership specialist, recommends 18 minutes a day to refocus and reflect which generates positive outcomes in productivity.
Another important aspect of time management is knowing when to take a break. Experts know that taking time out boosts your performance and concentration. Taking at least 30 minutes off at lunchtime could help you to concentrate more effectively in the afternoon.