Okay used an Xmas party to conduct a guerrilla pole on productivity. I have combined these thoughts with some of my own … hope that you find them useful:
- Attend a Time Management Seminar -I did. Even if you take away one tip it’ll be worth every penny ‘cos life is too short to waste time!
- Learn when to say “niet!” … “nicht!” … “hapana!” … “Naa!” … “Nae!” … “Nei!” [great link on how to say no in hundreds of languages]
- THE HOLY TWO-OF-THREE – [thanks to RW] In order for you to say “Yes” … It’s got to have 2/3 “green lights” criteria:
- Important work [e.g. setting up a Residency Program]
- You’re super stoked about it
If it’s important work, it’s not going to get done right if you’re not super stoked about it. I would consider sharing the pain with a colleague or two.
- Audio CME – Many people subscribe to EMRAP. They listen to these podcasts on the way to work or on the treadmill.
- USE A TREADMILL. I have found that increasing my fitness has had a very positive impact on my performance. I am less tired after shifts. I sleep better and find that I do not mind doing more non clinical work in my time off because I have more energy.
- Make use of what I call “interstitial time“. Airports and “Throne time” are good places to read up on stuff. [In particular I will actually plan on doing work during layovers at an airport … tickets are cheaper and you get work done- sweet!]
- The WHITEBOARD is sacred. Many of you have families, but even if you don’t … 1) get a white board 2) pencil in CME days [for me one Sunday a month when I get up…make a big latte and pull and read articles for a few hours], pencil in bookkeeping days and even gym time. For a more personal white-board I use Google calendar. I put everything on there [INCLUDING: teaching hours and CME attended – this way you can keep track of these activities for billing/ CME credit reporting]
- Create a “To-do” list and triage it appropriately. [click on the underlined text for a great website]… I keep my to-do list on my IGoogle page.
- REVERSE PLANNING. Ever had to give a talk? Use your calendar to plan backwards from that date. Talk should be done one week before. Pencil in how much time it would take you to create the talk, do a lit search, think of an idea etc… put these in your calendar so that your “production” stays on track [see image above]
- Get the knowledge to come to you. Use RSS feeds and subscribe to journals and blogs [see my fav links]. Get on Twitter and follow smart people in your field. This way you’re constantly soaking up cutting edge stuff in your discipline [you can even do this while you’re “downloading in the washroom” hehe].
- FOCUS. We spend a lot of time over-stimulated and in a state of “distracted procrastination” [just made that up]. When you have to get stuff done. Try giving yourself 40-45 minutes of uninterrupted time to do this. Lock yourself away and “get ‘er done!” as they say in these parts.
- How about this post on being aware of when you can get stuff done ever heard of a “research spurt” ? [click here for Lora’s blog on the Toodledo app]
- Here’s some great advice about getting ideas off the ground
- Here’s 17 Tips from Doctors To Doctors from the AAFP
Got any other ideas? Leave Comments!