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CB Tips:  Batch Processing – A Quick Lesson in Productivity

Five ducklingstips, cohen brownThe term Batch Processing originated in the days when users entered programs on bunches of punch cards then handed them to a system operator who would feed them into a computer, thereby executing a series of non-interactive jobs all at one time.

Today, the term Batch Processing has slightly evolved and is used as a human time management technique whereby similar tasks such as writing reports or processing email, are performed as a group, rather than being performed randomly as they occur.

Think about your own to do list.  How many items can be completed as a group rather than wasting time switching from one task to the next to the next all day long, interrupting your focused thought and task flow?

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Tommy Wants-to-Please: Here, there and everywhere…

tommywtictocclockSome think of Tommy as a little co-dependent – too, too responsive; too, too anxious to please everybody, anywhere, at the same time, always.  If you ask Tommy, however, he simply has just too, too much to do and just doesn’t have enought time to do it in.

jpegSeems like there’s a little bit of Tommy in all of us, don’t you think?

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The 800-lb Gorilla


The value of human capital in companies worldwide is significantly more appreciated now than in the past.  Having highly skilled employees is essential.

However, in reality, the majority of corporate training does not result in consistent behavior change but instead, at best, an increased clarity and increased motivation.  And neither of these in and of themselves necessarily increase capability and competence at selling.  Eventually, a sales person that “feels” confident but is ineffective at selling will soon lose that confidence if he or she cannot produce results.

So, what is the 800-lb gorilla sitting in corporate training and ignored, that is a way of life within successful organizations that produce significant and lasting behavioral changes?  The answer:  Deliberate and Focused Practice and Rehearsal!

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CB Tips: An Hour Without Distraction

tips, cohen brownTime Locking:

Setting aside a block of time in which employees are not to be distracted.

Related article Distractable Me: How to get more done in an interruption culture

This isn’t an individual strategy. It’s an agreed upon office practice where everyone sets up how it will be implemented. Minimum rules of thumb for successful time locking policies are:

• Every worker has to time lock for at least one hour a day.
• Supervisors cannot interrupt workers during time lock, and indeed, must pledge to limit their interactions with subordinates in general.
• Everyone gets time lock training, including how to respect it and how to cover for employees while they are in time lock.
• And last, employees receive bonuses for increasing their productivity in time lock.

logo-w-bookWork without distractions or interruptions every day.  Read The Time Bandit Solution. 

You Need To Practice

tommy-frustrated-golfer01wlogoBy practicing something over and over again, you can create a new memory chip in your brain. You must do the same thing every time you lose focus so that your new memory chip will allow you to relax (unlike our frustrated friend Tommy Wants-to-Please) and visualize yourself successfully completing a task with positive affirmations.









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Win a copy of Edward G Brown‘s new book The Time Bandit Solution.

book cover, The Time Bandit Solution, interruptions, recover stolen time, time management, distractions, managing interruptionsThere are those books that will tell you to “Just Say No!” when your Time Bandits interrupt you. But “Just Say No!” could be very self-destructive.  So, to avoid insulting them, how do you get the benefits of “no” without saying “NO!”?

 This book will not only tell you what to do, with “executional excellence,” it also explains how.  Without all of the “what to do” and “how to do it lessons and skill in this book you will remain forever at the mercy of yor nice, smiing Time Bandits.  This book teaches you how to put an end to unwanted, unnecessary and unproductive interruptions that steal your time.

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Contest ends on September 30th, 2014

Time Bandits steal your precious time.  What are you going to do about it?