In Part 1 of this series, I discussed the need for a personal workflow system, and how distraction interferes with productivity. In Part 2, I described how to use and benefit from a personal workflow system.
Below I’ll illustrate why my Empowered Productivity System is a great solution for most busy professionals. My Empowered Productivity Book Series, including the latest addition: From To-Do to Done: How to Go from Busy to Productive By Mastering Your To-Do List, provides more information on all the topics I’ve discussed in these articles.
Why a Time Management System Won’t Work
There are various types of personal workflow management systems. One type uses as its primary focus the daily paper planners that people used to carry around (maybe you still do!) in the big leather binders, often with a zipper. You may have tried one before. They were mostly time-based, with a calendar at the core, and they were much more useful prior to the advent of email and internet-connected smartphones.
In order to get organized for success, you need a personal workflow management system—the behaviors and the tools—that is easy to use, but comprehensive enough to handle the complexity of our busy lives in the 21st century.
Planning Is Indispensable
Dwight D. Eisenhower once said, “In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” These days, our battle is with technology! You need a plan for acting on all of your responsibilities, but you also have to be prepared for the reality that those plans are dynamic, not static, and will almost certainly change with new information.
It could be a call from a friend who suddenly came to town and wants to see you. It could be a technical problem that a colleague is having and only you can solve. It could be a sick child who needs your attention. Whatever the issue, a flexible workflow management system - one built for the digital age - can easily absorb the spontaneity of life.
A personal workflow management system that is flexible makes it easier to incorporate the unexpected into your daily plans. Having a methodology for dealing with the unexpected is a game changer, and a massive stress reducer. But that’s just the beginning of the benefits you’ll experience.
How Will a Flexible System Organize My Life for Success?
When you do commit to a personal workflow management system, your life gets easier in many ways.
- A system allows you to organize all the details of your life in a logical way so that you can access them and act on them easily. (No more wondering where you wrote down or filed something!)
- You’ll lower your stress by becoming more proactive rather than being constantly reactive.
- A system helps you quantify your world and steers you toward the daily actions that will move your important tasks, projects, and goals forward.
- You’ll stop feeling that “What else should I be doing right now?” anxiety because you’ll have a clearer sense of everything that’s on your plate.
- If you tend to procrastinate, a personal workflow management system will help you stop putting things off.
- You’ll always be able to see what you aren’t doing now, so you can handle it or stop stressing about it.
- You’ll feel in control instead of overwhelmed.
What Is the Empowered Productivity System?
Empowered Productivity is the highly flexible personal workflow management system that I developed and refined over decades of teaching productivity skills to busy professionals on corporate and organizational teams. The Empowered Productivity System is a collection of the most effective habits and behaviors to use with the digital tools you already have to empower you to organize and execute all of the commitments, communications, and information in your life. It will teach you the features you need in your set of digital tools. But more importantly, you’ll learn exactly how to use these tools to get back in the driver’s seat of your life.
I offer Empowered Productivity training that helps both teams and individuals organize their lives for success.
I’ve worked with over 30,000 professionals in virtually every industry, and it turns out that the Empowered Productivity System is effective for most every professional in virtually every industry. If you work mostly in some sort of office on a computer to do your job, this system is likely to help you. If you’re concerned about how one system can work for everyone, you can learn more about that here and here.
The fastest and easiest way to get started with Empowered Productivity is the book series. Each module of Empowered Productivity is covered in a one-hour read, with specific action steps for getting started.
Empowered Productivity for Individuals
There’s also a deeper dive for busy individuals who want to learn the Empowered Productivity System. It’s an online, self-paced course consisting of 5 modules in 43 bite-sized, video-based lessons. It comes complete with a workbook and other downloadable resources to reinforce concepts as well as access to a community that can offer support and answer your questions as you work to implement this life-changing solution.
Empowered Productivity for Teams
I train business teams around the world to use the Empowered Productivity System via custom live on-site or virtual training. Or, you can get a team rate to allow your team members to complete the online, self-paced course.
If you’re interested in helping your entire team use the Empowered Productivity System, you can expect to accelerate overall success, while increasing your employees’ fulfillment at work. This training will incorporate whatever tools (Windows, Mac, or web-based) you might be using, or help you choose new tools.
Learn more about how to get started with Empowered Productivity here.
Ditch the Stress and Feel Success Every Day!
I hope you realize that the feelings of overwhelm, pressure and dread you might be having around your work are likely products of living in the digital age. Disorganization and stress are the natural results of being constantly bombarded with more and more information and demands on your time.
The good news is that there’s a solution. It’s called a personal workflow management system. And a flexible system like Empowered Productivity that’s built for the digital age can help you organize your life for success! You’ll learn to be more proactive and less reactive, and live a life of choice rather than a life of distraction. My client results have proven that if you try Empowered Productivity and stick with it, you’ll stop waking up in the middle of the night with the fear that you forgot to do something important. You’ll stop feeling frazzled and stressed at the end of your work day, and you’ll start feeling satisfied and accomplished instead. You might even start loving your work again. Thousands of people have achieved these results, and I can’t wait for you to join them!
- Maura Nevel Thomas, author of From To-Do to Done