Mastering Productivity For The Busy Professional

Discover key principles, tools and systems to create a highly productive environment in this fast paced digital age.
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  • Lectures 12
  • Length 32 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2014 English

Course Description

Do you find yourself distracted or side-lined by busy work? Unable to find what you need when you need? Struggling to execute business and workflow processes quickly and efficiently?

You are not alone! 49% of business professionals express they are unable to keep up with the volume of information they are asked to manage.

The best way to position yourself for business success and less stress is to assure you have created the right set of systems and are equipped with the right tools to to capture, process and manage information effectively.

Creating a Productive Environment in the Digital Age offers a road-map for you to evaluate your current levels of productivity & efficiency, and, more importantly create, improve or leverage them.

Each of the 6 section's feature a video as well as a practical exercise or worksheet purposed to assist you in evaluating and implementing a set of timeless principals and tools to accomplish your work and enjoy your life.

What are the requirements?

  • A desire improve efficiency and better manage time, space and information.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • At the end of this course you will:
  • Understand the power of creating a highly productive physical workspace, i.e., a "Command Center".
  • Discover 5 timeless and invaluable principals to better manage digital or paper information.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the systems and processes you have in place at the present time.
  • Target any systems you need to improve to execute work effectively and efficiently.
  • Create tangible next actions enabling you to create a productive environment to accomplish your work and enjoy your life.

Who is the target audience?

  • The busy business professional, small business owner or student.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Creating A Productive Environment in the Digital Age

This video provides an overview and introduction which defines a "productive environment", three requirements necessary for creating a productive environment and, three steps you will take toward the creation of your own productive environment.

Section 2: Establishing A Command Center

This video provides an overview of best practices for creating a physical office area known as "The Command Center" and includes a tool for you to evaluate the layout of your present physical office area.

1 page

Take Action: Download the office zones document and evaluate the physical layout of your current office:

  • Are there materials you need to move out of "Zone 1"?
  • Perhaps there are materials you access frequently that need to be moved into "Zone 1".
  • Invest the time to evaluate and make adjustments to your physical office as necessary.
Section 3: Understanding Timeless Productivity Principles

This video overviews the key productivity principles of:

1. Today's Mail is Tomorrows Pile

2. Clutter Is Postponed Decisions

3. The File Act Toss System

4. The Art of Wastebaskertry

1 page

Take Action: Download the File Act Toss System:

  • Use the approach of File Act Toss and process a few papers on your physical desktop.
  • Use the approach of File Act Toss and clear some clutter from your digital desktop.
  • Use the approach of File Act Toss and process some of the email in your email inbox.
  • Struggling with what to keep and what to discard? Review the Art of Wastebasketry.
Section 4: Establishing Primary Systems to Support Workflow

This section outlines the systems you need in place to create and maintain a productive environment as well as highlighting resources and tools you can use to evaluate the present stability of your own systems.

2 pages

Take Action: Download the Tickle File Handout:

Learn more about this productivity tool that enhances personal effectiveness and acts as an action management file. While the tickle file is not a one-stop comprehensive system for personal productivity, it does handle time-sensitive items that tend to pile up on your desk and it’s a great tool for managing daily workflow.

2 pages

Take Action: Download the PDF "Evaluate Your Systems"

There are 3 steps to complete within this document. Complete all 3 steps prior to moving ahead to Section 5.

Section 5: Considering Approaches to Workflow

In this video you will discover the connection between standardized workflow and your ability to better manage personal workflow.

Section 6: Conclusion and Next Steps

This video offers additional tools and suggested next steps for leveraging what you have discovered in this course.

Complete the Productive Environment Scorecard
Take Action: Review Next Action Opportunities
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Instructor Biography

Tracy Parks, Lean Office Productivity Coach & Consultant

Tracy Parks Principal and Founder of Simplicated, LLC is a gifted, engaging and enthusiastic leader, speaker, and experienced trainer, passionate about developing and delivering innovative and practical training and imparting skill development to help business professionals create a productive environment to accomplish their work and enjoy their lives.

Tracy who develops and delivers her own productivity and efficiency curriculum works across industries and in the public/private sector for clients such as Boeing, Genentech, T-Mobile, Mercedes Benz USA and Novartis, Wells Fargo and Xerox, as well as working in the educational arena with colleges such as Clemson University, Oregon State University and Central Oregon Community College. Most recently she has developed on-line curriculum for local and county government agencies as well as community college professional development training in subject matters that include email management, time/task/priority management, and, creating a Productive Environment in the Digital Age.

Having spent 30 years as an educator, entrepreneur and business owner, Simplicated, LLC grew out of Tracy’s desire to share the lessons learned throughout her career. As the founder and owner of five successful small businesses, one which reached 1.3 million dollars in sales during its first fiscal year, she fully appreciates the pressures facing the busy business professional. She success in this era of digital overwhelm will be attributed (in part) by well designed and refined work-flow systems to manage information and by leveraging tools and technology.

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