How Does the Autofocus Time Management Method Work?
Mark Forster’s Autofocus Technique for personal time management is as little known as David Allen’s Getting Things Done is well-known. But if you are after a personal productivity system, check this out.
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This video is part of course module number 1.6.2
Program 1: Managing Yourself
Course 6: Personal Productivity
Section 2: Time Management
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– Prioritization: Understand Urgent & Important
– Prioritization with the Pareto Principle – the 80-20 Rule
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– How Does the Getting Things Done Time Management Method Work?
– How Does the Chain Method of Time Management Work?
Mark Forster’s Autofocus system is ideal for small numbers of tasks, for people who are under little time pressure, or for people who feel overwhelmed by their task list.
There’s no prioritization. It uses an intuitive feeling about ‘what next?’ It assumes that what you put off is not really important.
You focus only on one page of your task list at a time. This page stops growing when it’s full. So, your work diminishes the list you’re focused on.
Here’s how to use the Autofocus system.
1. A single list in a notebook – 20-40 lines per page
2. Scan the items on the first incomplete page
3. Review the page slowly. Find one that stands out
4. Work on that item for as long as you want to
5. Cross the item off the list. Re-enter it at the end of the list if you didn’t finish it
6. Continue with the same page. Only move to the next page when you complete a review of the page with no item standing out
7. If items don’t stand out but aren’t crossed off, highlight them for future attention
8. Move to the next page and repeat the process
9. When you’ve finished with the last page, go back to the first page that still has highlighted items.
1. Test out the Autofocus System for yourself. Does it work for you? Use it for a week. (10 MC CPD Points)
2. Decide if it works for you and how to adapt it. (2 MC CPD Points)
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I’ll be as modest as I can. I’m something of an expert on effective working, personal productivity, & time management, with 4 best-selling books by 3 international publishers:
– The Time Management Pocketbook
– How to Manage Your Time
– Powerhouse: Turbo Boost Your Effectiveness and Start Making a Serious Impact
– The Yes/No Book: How to do less… and achieve more
Here are my picks from the thousands of other books on personal productivity, effective working, & time management:
– The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
– The Power of Habit: Why we Do what we Do, and How to Change
– Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
– Eat that Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating
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