Ep. 80 – Productivity Techniques to Help You Conquer Overwhelm and Stay on Track

“So write ’em down. Everything that you need to do, no matter how big or how small, I don’t care if you start off with post-it notes, doesn’t matter.” – Dr. James Bryant 

In this episode of Engineer Your Success Podcast, Dr. James Bryant shares about common productivity myths, three strategies for boosting productivity, and popular task management tools such as Microsoft To Do, Trello, Asana and Todoist. He also dives into the Eisenhower Matrix – a tool used to prioritize tasks – and explains how each of the four categories can be used to help manage time more effectively. Listeners will gain insight into how to celebrate their wins, learn from their losses and apply small incremental improvements in order to stay on track with their New Year’s resolutions. Tune in to this episode for actionable advice on how to maximize productivity and understand what tasks are truly important and urgent!

Let’s dive in!

[00:00 – 07:10] Conquer Overwhelm and Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions with Productivity Techniques 

  • Celebrate wins and learn from losses 
  • Dr. James Bryant submitted two presentation proposals to speak at the National Society of Professional Engineers Annual Conference
  • This week’s episode focuses on how productivity techniques can help conquer overwhelm and stay on track

[07:11 – 14:56] Prioritize Your Tasks Effectively with the Eisenhower Matrix: Do It Now, Schedule It, Delegate It or Eliminate It!

  • Popular task management tools: Microsoft To Do, Trello, Asana, Todoist
  • Utilizing calendar and scheduling apps to set appointments and reminders
  • Mind mapping tools to visually organize thoughts and ideas
  • Tracking time with apps and tools 
  • Time blocking to focus on one task at a time or series of tasks 
  • Pomodoro technique to break down work into intervals
  • Eisenhower Matrix to prioritize tasks into four quadrants: Do it Now, Schedule it, Delegate it, Eliminate it 

[14:57 – 22:21] Prioritizing Your Tasks: How to Win at Work and at Home with the Eisenhower Matrix

  • Tasks that are important and urgent need to be completed today
  • Important tasks should be scheduled on the calendar
  • Delegated tasks are not important but are urgent 
  • Eliminated tasks should be placed on a “not to do” list 

[22:22 – 28:12] Closing Segment

  • Urgent and important tasks must be done immediately 
  • Professional development, staying up to date on industry trends, networking with other professionals, and planning/budgeting for upcoming projects can be scheduled 
  • Connect with James (links below)
  • Parting Notes

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It’s crucial to focus on the most important things first.” – Dr. James Bryant 

You have to do what you need to do to get that done.” – Dr. James Bryant 

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