Every one of us has some sort of time management activities that we try to follow in order to be as productive as we feel we should be. But the rub comes when we realize that what we’re doing isn’t working but we don’t know what to change in order to fix the problem. My guest today is Sarah Reiff-Hekking, a life and business coach who is an expert at time management and productivity. The things she shares on this episode to help you get your life and productivity on track are absolute gold. You’ll hear her talk about dealing with overwhelm, how to make time for strategic planning and writing, choosing the right time management system, and so much more. You’re going to love this conversation.

When you feel overwhelmed here’s how to identify the source of the overwhelm.

Nobody likes feeling overwhelmed, but for most of us, it’s part of the climb up the career ladder. One of the things I wanted to find out from my guest, Sarah Reiff-Hekking, was how she recommends we deal with the inevitable feelings of overwhelm that we experience. Her answer was spot-on and something that every professional can apply immediately with great results. It’s too much for me to explain in a brief paragraph but in this conversation, Sarah unpacks it so that you can better deal with your feelings of overwhelm and apply her time management activities that will make you more productive and successful.

Need time for strategic planning or writing? Here’s a tip that’s sure to work.

I don’t recall where I heard it but I remembered that Sarah Reiff-Hekking (my guest on this episode) had a very interesting and effective way of getting her business writing done. So I asked her about it. It turns out that her practice is amazingly effective. It involves a weekly Starbucks appointment, a colleague, and a one-hour time slot that is non-negotiable. If you’re curious how it works and the kind of results Sarah and many of her clients have seen from implementing the practice, you need to listen to this episode. Sarah shares great, practical tips for how you can make the most of your time, avoid overwhelm, and stay on track in your work week.

What’s a better productivity system – paper or digital?

There’s lots of debate about whether paper productivity systems are better or if the digital age requires digital means of keeping up with it. I asked my guest on this episode, Sarah Reiff-Hekking which she thinks is best and she actually said “both” – sort of. Actually, her emphasis was on the fact that either can be effective but it depends on the person in question as to which is best for them. You can hear how Sarah advises you figure out a system that works for you – and why she says that switching systems midstream is one of the worst things you can do in most cases. It’s all on this episode of The Success Talk Show.

Tips to help you prepare for your next move up the career ladder.

If you are in a lower or mid-level position in your organization and have ambitions of moving up the ladder, what are the best personal habits and productivity practices that you can put in place to prepare you for that level of success and responsibility? I asked Sarah Reiff-Hekking that very question and she shares her insightful answer on this episode. Sarah has a way of approaching questions like this with just enough of a unique perspective to uncover powerful applications of common sense practices. For that reason, you’ll do yourself a favor by listening.

Outline of This Episode

  • [0:37] My introduction of my guest today, Sarah Reiff-Hekking.
  • [1:36] The first steps to take when you are feeling overwhelmed.
  • [4:00] The importance of setting aside time for critical and creative thinking.
  • [12:58] How you can set yourself up for time to write.
  • [16:00] Developing a flexible time blocking template for your work week.
  • [19:39] What’s a better system, paper or digital?
  • [25:19] What you can do to prepare for the next promotion?
  • [28:17] The best way for you to connect with Sarah.

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