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Our research and experience from the 2020 Time Blocking Summit gives us some clues regarding the jobs summitteers are trying to get done in their task management, but are having some difficulty completing. Here is a distilled list of their concerns:
- To schedule all the tasks I have to do even when I am overloaded so that it’s easy for me to determine the best task to perform next
- To manage all my tasks so that not a single one falls through the cracks
- To maintain my peace of mind even in the presence of competing deadlines so that I can enter the flow state effectively
- To keep my life balanced under extreme circumstances so that I don’t neglect any aspect of my total life
- To build my capacity to deliver as an effective professional even when others expect me to falter so that I build my reputation
- To change my habits especially when they are ingrained so that I can get better results
- To pick the best apps and devices for my next upgrade even when information about them is lacking so that I have a clear plan about my future setup
- To use defects in my task management to drive improvements (even when they are hard to understand) so that I pick up on future improvements as early as possible
- To understand how task management can work under pressure so that I can make changes without feelings of guilt/procrastination
- To manage all my incomplete tasks even when I am tired so that none of them nags me, distracts me, wakes me up or comes back to bite me
- To find effective ways to time block even when I have a rapidly changing schedule so that I can maintain my productivity
- To change my approach to task management as task volume increases, especially in crunch times so that I don’t have to work long days
- To create a plan of improvement without a lot of experience doing so, in order to focus my efforts to change
- To pick on the early warning signs that it’s time to make some changes even when they are faint, so I can continue being productive
It’s worth repeating that our summitteers are often experienced task managers who don’t want beginner-level ideas. Instead, they want deep dives they can use to make useful changes, rather than cliches or basic notions they already know. This puts an extra onus on us as speakers.
It’s a chance to express yourself in ways that a general audience might find difficult to appreciate, but summitteers would love you to share!
There are four distinct areas you can use to think about your topic. Here are some sample topics.
Behaviors Used to Manage Tasks
How to develop Time Blocking Habits / Practices
The Science of Implementing Reminders
The Benefits of Theming Days
Why Batch your Tasks? The Science Speaks
How Morning, Evening and Other Routines Work
Energy Optimization – How to Make it Work For You
Manager vs. Maker Schedule
Choosing the Right Aids for Task Recall
How List Makers Become the Best Time Blockers
Upgrading Your Weekly Review to Include Time Blocking
AI: Moving from Mere Calendaring to Auto-Scheduling
Timing the Move to Time Blocking
Work-Life Balance: Is it Really a Thing or a Big Mistake?
Adding Tasks to Your Calendar for the First Time
Deep Work and Working from Home
Why handling incomplete tasks is critical before Deep Work
Should Flow be Serendipitous or Planned?
Deep Work and Alarms – Do They Need Each Other?
How to Limit Interruptions to Do Deep Work
Setting Up For Deep Work – Food, Drink, Coffee, Noise and More
How Do You Manage a Week of Flow Sessions?
Do Deep Work Sessions Need Targets?
How Should You Balance Flow and Recovery?
Pomodoros – Ways to Make Them Work
Preventing Distractions in the New Post-Covid Normal
Aids for Task Management (Devices, Apps, Paper, Memory, Admin Assistants)
Is Time Blocking Tool Agnostic?
Can paper be used for more than simple time blocking?
Choosing the Best Auto-Scheduler
Choosing the Best Manual Time Blocker
Choosing the Best Paper Planner
Choosing the Best Task Management App
Does Your Choice of Device Impact Your Task Management?
Should You Switch to an Auto-Scheduler?
Reminder Technology – Implementation Obstacles
Voice Activated Technology – Bad for Task Management?
Time Blocking on Paper – Best Practices and Principles
Should an Admin Assistant be Your Time Blocking Aid?
Outlook vs. Google Calendar? Pros and Cons for Time Blocking
Measurement, Tracking and Gamification
The Ideal Time Tracking App Features
How to Implement Time Tracking One Step at a Time
How to Gamify Your Task Management and Time Blocking
Stuff You Can’t Measure, But Wish You Could
Plus, there are a number of groups which require time blocking skills that are quite specialized, such as freelancers, ADHDers, salespeople/realtors/network marketers,
side-hustlers / part-time entrepreneurs, non-professional athletes, busy parents, part-time students, executives/owners, project managers, creatives, executive assistants, developers and others.
Hopefully, this page has give you some idea of what our summitteers are looking to do in their lives and where they need your assistance. When you have a topic sketched out, go ahead and apply to be a speaker at the summit.
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